Wowza, that’s quite a jumble of words huh? But trust me, these tasty treats are totally worth the long title.
Earlier this year, I found a recipe for five-minute bourbon balls that got me thinking about all of the different combinations of no-bakes I could make with such a simple base: the vanilla wafer is the perfect dry cookie to soak up the booze being used and the melted chocolate really binds the no-bake deliciousness. Around Christmas, I decided to try out my own creation and make some salted caramel vodka balls.
I found that the chocolate mixture in the original recipe wasn’t nearly enough to give the treat that completely coated form I wanted, so — to complement the white chocolate I used to form the balls — I melted a batch of milk chocolate to dip the no-bakes in and it worked out perfectly.
These treats were SO good and super easy to make once I found my happy medium (ps: they definitely take a bit longer than five minutes to make). What’s more, because the alcohol isn’t baked out and, like I said, the vanilla wafer so readily absorbs the alcohol, these puppies carried quite a punch after sitting for a few days!
1 ¾ cup vanilla wafers, finely ground
1 cup walnuts, finely ground
1 1/3 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1 tsp cinnamon
4-5 tablespoons salted caramel vodka
½ to ¾ cup white chocolate (chips, bark, or melting squares)
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup milk chocolate (chips, bark, or melting squares)
In a separate bowl, combine the vanilla wafers, finely ground walnuts, cinnamon, and vodka and set aside.
Next, you’ll need to melt the white chocolate to add to your wafer mixture. There are a couple of ways to do this: you can opt to microwave the chocolate, melt it in a saucepan or double boiler on the stove, or — as I recently learned on Pinterest — use a crock-pot to melt it and keep it dippable. Whatever you choose, combine the white chocolate, light corn syrup, and vanilla extract and proceed. (Note: if you’re microwaving, it might take a few zaps and I recommend doing 30 seconds at a time because, as great as melting chocolate in the microwave is, a few seconds too many is all it takes to ruin the whole batch.)
Once melted, combine with the wafer mixture and stir well. If it’s too crumbly, you can always melt that extra ¼ cup more of white chocolate to add. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and form your vodka balls — with this recipe, I made roughly 20 but it all depends on how big or small you want your treats. Set in the fridge to chill while you melt your second batch of chocolate (the milk chocolate).
Once dippable, grab the bowl of chopped walnuts and remove your vodka balls from the fridge. Dip the balls into the milk chocolate, roll in the walnuts, and set back on the wax paper. When you’re done, you can pop the treats back in the fridge if you want them to set up completely and then transfer to an air-tight container.
Like I said, these were super tasty and the perfect party treat for those who enjoy drunken delights. It’s such a versatile recipe too — you could use other flavored vodkas, bourbons, or rums or swap the melted chocolate for a melted caramel or butterscotch! Have fun with this one!