‘Tis the season for giving cheer, gifts, and cookies with a resemblance to snowballs. Today I present you with a double helping of Holiday cheer, from our home to yours. Both of these cookies are guaranteed to warm your heart, and one will warm your tummy as well! Don’t let the resemblance fool you. These cookies may look alike on the outside, but the differences between them are like night and day. (Or chocolate and vanilla, as the case may be.)
Though I’ve posted My Aunt Thelma’s Tea Cookie recipe before, I really can’t do Christmas without them. They are a Holiday staple in my household, as they have been for the past 25 years and I doubt they will be going anywhere soon. These little treats are the ultimate in decadence, and should be eaten without remorse for what they will do to your waistline. It is Christmas, after all!
Be warned, the Brandy Balls are intended for mature audiences. These are a no bake cookie, therefore they hold about 90% of the alcohol content they were originally given. The flavor is intense and eating too many before driving is discouraged by both the management of this blog as well as state troopers anywhere in the country, not to mention M.A.D.D.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 166Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 52mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 1g
What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:
The brandy in these little booze packed flavor bombs is a bit intense in flavor. I think the next time I make them, I’ll back it off a bit. Perhaps 1/3 of a cup instead of the 1/2 cup called for in the recipe. Otherwise I am quite happy with the outcome. You may also substitute dark rum for the brandy and gain Rum Balls. Use Bourbon and you have bourbon balls. Quite versatile, really.
I’m not changing a thing about the Tea Cookies. My Aunt would haunt me throughout the rest of my life!
Links to other recipes like this:
- San Francisco Rum Balls from Cooking With Amy: A Food Blog
- Russian Tea Cakes from Laura Rebecca’s Kitchen
- Mexican Wedding Cookies from Is It Edible