It’s Not All Mary Poppins

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


  1. Melted… chocolate chips? I am staring at the recipe and I hope I am not just having a blind moment because I don’t see them listed in the ingredients, or a quantity. But they sound delicious, I may have to make these and break my Christmas baking embargo!

    Comment by Stacey | December 7, 2007 | Reply

  2. Some fantastic mother sent me a do-it-yourself kit of chocolate brandy balls for my birthday. Thanks Mum! I can’t wait to make them. I’m also enamored of that nice pyrex mixing bowl. I’ve already used it to make cheesecake!

    Comment by Haley | December 8, 2007 | Reply

  3. Stacey: How could I skip something as fundamental as that?? There. It’s fixed. One cup of chips, melted.

    Haley: Yay! That was a fun gift to pull together. I figured that once the brandy balls were made (and eaten and/or given away), you’d have the bowl – everyone needs a big bowl! – and all those handy little containers. A gift that keeps on giving. Glad you liked it. And cheesecake? Yum!

    Comment by MaryP | December 8, 2007 | Reply

  4. Thanks Mary! I would have guessed 1 cup but I’m too neurotic to make it without a RECIPE, goodness. If I make them I’ll come back with the rave reviews!

    Comment by Stacey | December 8, 2007 | Reply

  5. Ooo, I have never done Brandy..We make Burben Balls 🙂

    Comment by Nanny Sarah | December 12, 2007 | Reply

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