Brandy Balls

Try a bit of brandy on your cookie tray this holiday season. These easy-prep balls, made with crushed vanilla wafers, can be rolled in cocoa or powdered sugar.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 25 min
  • Servings 35


box (11 oz) vanilla wafers
cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts and/or almonds)
cup powdered sugar
tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
cup brandy
2 1/2
tablespoons light corn syrup
Additional powdered sugar or unsweetened baking cocoa

  • 1 In food processor, process vanilla wafers into fine crumbs. Pour crumbs into large bowl. Add nuts, 3/4 cup powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons cocoa; stir to combine.
  • 2 In small bowl, stir together brandy and corn syrup until well combined. Add to dry mixture; stir until dough-like mixture forms.
  • 3 Roll mixture into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in additional powdered sugar. If desired, place each in mini paper baking cup. Store in airtight container up to 2 weeks.

Expert Tips

Roll balls in candy sprinkles or coarse sanding sugar instead of powdered sugar or cocoa.

Package brandy balls to give away to family and friends as gifts, or serve in martini or shot glasses at a holiday party.