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Christmas Spirits Cookies

Christmas Spirits CookiesChocolate rum balls to liven holiday spirits.

Recipe Ingredients:

32 chocolate crème-filled sandwich cookies (such as Oreo's)
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 1/4 cup toasted California walnuts
2 tablespoons instant coffee powder
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/3 cup brandy, coffee liqueur, or rum

Cooking Directions:

  1. Break up cookies and crush into fine crumbs in food processor fit with a stainless steel blade (about 2 cups crumbs). Add 1/2 cup of sugar, walnuts and 1-1/2 tbs. of the coffee powder. Process thoroughly. Add corn syrup and gradually mix in brandy, liqueur, or rum to form a thick paste. Form into 1 inch balls.
  2. In small bowl mix the remaining 1/4 cup powdered sugar and the remaining 1/2 tablespoon coffee powder. Roll balls in sugar mixture to coat.
  3. Cookies may be stored in loosely packed between sheets of wax paper or aluminum foil in alright container for up to two weeks.

Makes about 48 (1-inch) rum ball cookies.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of the Walnut Marketing Board.