Mocha Balls

Yummy bite

It’s already November and I can’t believe it. Seems as if it was just yesterday that I quit my job of 42 years.  You want to know what I have been doing for the last six months?  Absolutely nothing.  Just basking in the morning, noon, and afternoon quiet.  I’m loving my unstructured time.  Now back to the real reason you are here.  It’s for this chocolate recipe I know.    You really need to make these!  Pronto.  They are very easy. I know you want to make them so get in the kitchen.

Mocha balls

I subscribe to Southern Living newsletter and when these cuties came across I went straight to the grocery to pick up a box of vanilla wafers and the rest is history.  Make sure you have some friends to share these with or send them to work with your husband. That’s what I did.  I could have eaten all of them so I had to give them away to get them out of my sight.   Enjoy!

Mocha Balls from Southern Living

Yield:  32 balls

Ingredients:

  • 56 vanilla wafers, crushed ( this is a little less than a 11 ounce box)
  • 1 cup toasted almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 6 tablespoons coffee liqueur
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate morsels

Directions:

  1. Toast almonds in a 350 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes.  Watch carefully because they burn easily.  I know because I have thrown my share of burned nuts in the trash!
  2. Crush vanilla wafers in a food processor or place in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin or mallet.
  3. Mix vanilla wafers, chopped almonds, powdered sugar, cocoa, corn syrup, and coffee liqueur in a large bowl.
  4. Shape into 32 balls.
  5. Melt chocolate morsels in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Stir and microwave for 20 more seconds or until smooth.  I like melting my chocolate in a bowl over simmering water.
  6. Dip balls into chocolate using a toothpick.
  7. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. Chill for about an hour.
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