Brandy Pecan Balls! These no bake, easy to make Brandy Pecan Balls will be your new go to party cookie! They’re addicting.
The first time I had a Brandy Pecan Ball I was hooked. My mom made them for a Christmas party she was throwing. They were so different from any other cookies I had eaten, the smell, the flavor, the texture and of course the liquor! I ate so many I actually got sick to my stomach but it was worth it and I have loved them ever since and my love for Brandy is still going strong.
The main ingredients are Nilla Wafers, Pecans and Brandy all mixed together and rolled into a ball that is then coated in sanding sugar, my favorite! Originally my mom always used granulated sugar but for the photos it didn’t look right. So I made another batch (poor me lol) and used sanding sugar and voila! Perfect for the photos, perfect little crunch for some added texture.
Each Brandy Pecan Ball is about 2-3 bites but you can adjust the size if you want a smaller cookie. And regarding the Brandy, these are no bake so the alcohol does not cook off. You will only use a 1/4 cup for the whole recipe but you can definitely taste it in the cookies.
Need an awesome cookie to take to your next holiday gathering or maybe a cookie to snack on as the snow falls and you cuddle by the fireplace? Look no further, Brandy Pecan Balls are the answer.
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- 1 - 11oz box of Nilla Wafers crushed finely (I used a food processor)
- 1 cup sifted confectioners sugar
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup finely chopped pecans (I used a food processor)
- ¼ cup Brandy (I used Christian Brother Very Smooth)
- ¼ cup light corn syrup
- ½ cup sanding sugar for rolling.
- Line cookie sheet with parchment set aside.
- Pour sanding sugar in a bowl, set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl add wafer crumbs, pecans, confectioners sugar, cocoa powder and mix.
- Stir in the brandy and corn syrup, mix until well combined, this may take a few minutes.
- Let mixture sit 5 minutes to let the ingredients soak up the brandy. Stir again.
- Form into 1½ inch balls and roll in sanding sugar.
- Set on cookie sheet to set. (I like to make mine the day before so they can marinate overnight).
- When ready to serve place in a small candy/muffin cup.
- Store in airtight container.