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This post is centered around those who enter the kitchen on this very green holiday wanting something quick, easy, no-bake and of course full of alcohol! Come on, who can resist a sweet alcoholic cookie on St. Patricks day? Yes, thats right: Whiskey Cookies! …  Or what I like to call Leprechaun Balls! They are a rendition of the popular Bourbon/Whiskey ball-shaped cookie made from crushed vanilla wafers, that you might find around the holiday season that usually cheer up any family get-together.

We used Bushmills Irish Whiskey because of its smooth finish, but any Irish whiskey will do for this holiday treat. We went ahead and made them the traditional way and rolled them in powdered sugar, as well as the bon-bon way. By dipping them into our favorite semi-sweet chocolate, and white chocolate (dyed with green food coloring) topped off with some green and gold sugar crystals, we transformed these potent morsels into an enjoyable St. Patricks Day themed treat!


No-Bake Whiskey Cookies a.k.a Leprechaun Balls
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Yields: 50
  • 1 box vanilla wafers
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup pecans or walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • ⅔ cup Irish Whiskey
  1. In a food processor crush vanilla wafers until a fine powder, and transfer into a large bowl. Then use the food processor to chop the pecans/walnuts into small pieces, add to bowl. Add powdered sugar and cocoa powder and mix together.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk the whiskey and corn syrup together. Then slowly add whiskey mixture to dry ingredients until mixture is tacky to the touch.
  3. Roll into bite sized balls and either toss in powdered sugar or if dipping in melted chocolate place on parchment/wax paper on a cookie sheet and place in the refrigerator to set.
  4. Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 weeks.
Depending on brand of vanilla wafers and kind of nuts you may need to add more or less of the whiskey mixture. If you need to add more liquid to reach the desired texture slowly add a splash of whiskey at a time, be careful it is easy to add too much. If by chance you have a heavy hand, don't worry just add more crushed vanilla wafers. If covering with chocolate use a double boiler to melt your favorite semi or bitter sweet chocolate. Roll in the melted chocolate and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. While still wet add sugar crystals or decorating sprinkles of your choice.