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Cognac Balls!

Updated: Sep 5, 2023

When the holidays roll around, we want to give friends and family gifts that show how much we care. When I remember my childhood, I think of rolling cognac balls while watching Christmas movies. Now that I'm older, this is a go-to gift for the adults in my life who might enjoy this rich confection. 

Cognac Balls, a classic holiday treat!


1 & 1/2 c finely crushed Nilla wafers (store brand works just fine in this recipe)

1 c chopped pecans or walnuts

1 c powdered sugar + extra for dusting

2 T unsweetened Cocoa Powder

1 & 1/2  T Light Corn Syrup

1/4 c Brandy, Bourbon or Rum


Mix all ingredients in a bowl (except for extra powdered sugar).  Form into balls and roll lightly in palm of hand.  Dust with extra powdered sugar.  Store in an airtight container.

***NOTE - if you have a food processor, this is the time to use it.  Put the whole Nilla wafers in and crush.  Put crushed Nilla wafers in a bowl and then measure 1 & 1/2 c back into the food processor.  Add remaining ingredients.  Process until combined.  Form into balls.

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