GUYS GUYS GUYS. The Kentucky Derby is on Saturday! This combines the two things I learned to love in Kentucky: horse racing and bourbon. Lauren always makes bourbon balls for our party. What are bourbon balls? They are basically bourbon frosting dipped in chocolate. I KNOW, RIGHT? The best part is, the bourbon doesn't cook off that much, so you eat a few of these puppies and your are BUZZED. YES YES. I will shut up and give you Lauren's recipe. Because I LOVE YOU ALL.
Lauren's Bourbon Balls
(Makes 2 dozen or so, depending on how big you make them)
1/2 cup chopped pecans 1/4 cup bourbon (We usually use Maker's Mark) 1lb confectioners sugar 1/2 cup softened butter 1tsp vanilla extract 1 12oz bag of chocolate chips (I always get a bigger bag just in case)
The morning that I am going to make them- I combine the pecans and the bourbon and let them sit for a few hours til I'm ready to start.
Combine the confectioners sugar, butter, and vanilla extract in a bowl. (It's really just a matter of smushing the butter up and getting it covered; I found it takes longer than you think.)
Then add the bourbon-soaked pecans and mix well
Take the sugar mixture and form it into balls (whatever size you like) and put them on a tray, then put them in a the freezer for about 2 hours (till they are hard)
Then heat the chocolate chips (use a double boiler if you have one, otherwise use really low heat (as the chocolate STARTS to heat you might want to toss a cup of milk in the microwave for 30 seconds and occasionally add this to the heating chocolate otherwise the chocolate might start to burn instead of melt, but do NOT use cold milk.)
Once the chocolate is liquified, dip the frozen sugar pieces into it and pull them out with a fork, place them on a tray to dry and VOILA! BOURBON BALLS.