There is something about spending time in my childhood bedroom that immediately brings be back to being 17 years old. I wear only my high school volleyball sweatshirts, raid my parent’s liquor cabinet – just kidding! Hi mom! I never actually did that! – and my room instantly becomes a complete mess.
Boozy brownie balls are way too easy to make and even easier to eat. Make brownies. Crumble in bowl. Add a hearty pour from the secret stash of bourbon. Boom. Boozy bourbon brownie balls. How is that for some alliteration?!
Look at this awesome plate I found in the stash of dishes that just so happens to be right next to the bottles of cheer.
The pan of bownies get crumbled. Then crumbled again.
Add the not-so-secret ingredient. Shape into balls then roll with festive sprinkles and put each one into a fancy candy cup. Just to keep things extra classy.
Boozy Brownie Balls
Makes about 4 dozen
Inspired by Martha Stewart
1 1/2 sticks butter, cut into pieces
6 ounces finely chopped semisweet chocolate (or about 1/2 bag of chocolate chips)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons bourbon
Coarse sugar, for rolling
Preheat the oven to 350 and butter a 11 x 17 baking dish. Melt the butter and the chocolate together in a small saucepan set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until the mixture is smooth and set aside.
Whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, vanilla and salt in a medium bowl. Add in the chocolate mixture and beat until smooth. Add in the flour until the batter is smooth and shiny and pour into the prepared pan. Bake for about 10 minutes or until a tester comes out with a few crumbs attached. Cool completely.
Break up the brownie into large chunks then break those bits into really tiny crumbs. Add the bourbon and mix until the brownie crumbs are evenly moistened. Roll into 1-inch balls and coat in the coarse sugar. Store in the refrigerator.
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Hold up. Quick nostalgia break. This is also what happens when you start to rummage around the house. You find a series of old school gems. How Pacific Northwest is this picture? Just playing a salmon in my elementary school play! No biggie.
From my personal collection of artifacts. This is the world’s smallest personalized coffee mug. Everyone needs one. Man, did I have a good eye when I was a kid.
Okay the overshare is almost over. I have only one word for this treasure. Awesomesauce.