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Christmas Baking

Today’s post is a recipe.The only holiday baking I do every year: Double Chocolate Brandy Balls.

Taken from the Ottawa Citizen years ago, it goes like this:


1 c chocolate chips, melted
3 T corn syrup
1/2 c brandy
2 1/4 c crushed chocolate wafer cookies (I use Oreo cookie crumbs)
1 c finely chopped nuts
1/2 c icing sugar
1/2 c finely chopped candied fruit
granulated sugar


In small bowl, combine melted chips, corn syrup, and brandy.

In large bowl, combine crumbs, nuts, icing sugar, and fruit.

Add melted chocolate mix to dry mix. Stir till blended.

Cover with plastic wrap, wax paper, or a damp tea towel in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Shape into 1-inch balls and roll in granulated sugar. Store in covered container. These are best left for a couple of days before eating, to let the flavours blend and mellow.

Makes 4 – 5 dozen.


The mixing is easy, but the forming into balls is fiddly and messy. By the time you’re done, the palms of your hands look like you’ve been playing in something much nastier than chocolate — but those little round rich taste sensations are so worth it.

December 7, 2007 Posted by | Christmas, food, holidays | 7 Comments