Christmas Cookie Day: Glazed Chocolate Balls

spiced balls, err, cookies

Chocolate and booze. What’s more Christmas-y than that? These chocolate balls are another cookie that’s been part of my family’s Christmas for as long as I can remember. Although growing up, these always seemed like an “adult” treat to me. Not just because there’s whiskey in them, but as a kid, the flavors were way out of my comfort zone. But now, the mix of chocolate, allspice, cinnamon and walnuts seems so festive, so undeniably Christmas. I guess our palates do grow up.

Glazed Chocolate Balls
For the cookies:
– 2 cups of flour
– ¼ cup of cocoa powder
– ½ teaspoon of baking soda
– ½ teaspoon of baking powder
– ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
– ½ teaspoon of allspice
– ¼ teaspoon of salt
– ¼ cup of vegetable shortening
– ½ cup of sugar
– ¼ cup of milk
– ¼ cup of whiskey
– ½ teaspoon of vanilla
– ¼ cup of chopped walnuts

For the chocolate glaze:
– 8 tablespoons powdered sugar
– 1 ½ teaspoons of cocoa powder
– 1 teaspoon of vanilla
– Vegetable oil

Heat your oven to 350º.

In a bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream the shortening and sugar. Add the milk, whiskey and vanilla. Then add the flour mixture a little at a time until well incorporated. The dough will be stiff but pliable, like Play-Doh. Stir in the chopped walnuts. Or, use clean hands to mix them into the dough.

Roll walnut-sized balls of dough and evenly place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes. Let them cool completely before glazing. Note: the cookies might crack, but this is okay! This will allow some of the chocolate glaze to seep inside.

To make the glaze, mix the powdered sugar and the cocoa in a small bowl. Add a tablespoon of warm water and the vanilla and stir until smooth, or the consistency that you prefer. If you want it thicker, add more sugar; thinner, add less water. Lastly, stir in a splash of vegetable oil to give it a glossy shine. Dip each chocolate ball into the glaze and then place on a wire wrack to dry.

wearing their holiday best

Even though my palate has grown up, my mind hasn’t: I can’t think of these cookies without thinking about this, so, enjoy! And check back next Monday for another Christmas cookie that’ll have your taste buds saying Hello Dollie!

9 Comments on “Christmas Cookie Day: Glazed Chocolate Balls”

  1. these look delicious :). i am not a fan of whiskey but rum :). is it ok to make them with rum or some fruit liquor?

    • egg me on says:

      thanks! I bet rum or bourbon would be pretty great, too. Or sambuca or frangelico or amaretto or even peppermint schnapps!

  2. Caroline says:

    Look at the cracks in the cookies…and the dripping chocolate…ah! Now if only I liked chocolate, I’d be all over these. But, I guess could be a good daughter/sibling/friend and make the cookies for them. 😉

    • egg me on says:

      Sorry to keep pushing the chocolate, but it’s good! Maybe the addition of whiskey will help you like it more? I’m sure all your friends and relatives would really appreciate some chocolate this holiday season, Caroline. 😉

  3. Ah bless you my child: Chocolate and booze. What’s more Christmas-y than that? These look just wonderful.

  4. these would make perfect little gifts. I’m very impressed.

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