Scrolling through my massive list of recipes to try, the Kahlua Balls jumped out at me. Good way to use up some of that homemade Kahlua I tried last summer!
(Note: I never blogged about the homemade Kahlua, but here are a couple notes if you use the linked recipe: you can replace the chocolate liqueur with 2 tbsp. cocoa powder, and using coarsely ground coffee beans rather than dried espresso gave a richer flavor–I tried both methods.)
So think graham crackers spread with chocolate and doused with a bit of Kahlua, but imagine all that rolled up into a ball. Yep, that’s what these are like. As you bite into a dense ball of sweetness, that Kahlua flavor pops out at you.
Good news: these come together easily and require no baking. A small cookie scoop makes the process go much more quickly, by the way.
So if you need something to bring to a party or to grace your holiday cookie tray, give these little sparkling balls of flavor a try.
Yield: about 50 1-inch balls
- 3 cups crushed graham crackers
- 1 1/2 cups finely chopped semisweet chocolate (I used 4 oz. dark chocolate and 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips)
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup Kahlua
- 3 tbsp. brewed coffee or espresso
- 3 tbsp. agave (or corn syrup)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar in which to roll balls
- In a large bowl or food processor, mix crushed graham crackers, chopped chocolate, powdered sugar, and cocoa powder. (I actually roughly chopped the dark chocolate bar first, then placed that and the semisweet chips in the food processor and pulsed until finely chopped, then I added the other dry ingredients and pulsed until combined).
- In a small bowl, whisk together the Kahlua, brewed coffee, agave, and vanilla extract. Add to the food processor bowl; pulse until the dough forms a ball.
- Shape into 1-inch balls (a small cookie scoop speeds up this process). Roll each ball in granulated sugar.
- Store in an airtight container, either in the refrigerator or on the counter.
SOURCE: adapted from Sugarcrafter