Coffee Buzz Balls

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Introduction: Coffee Buzz Balls

So, every year at Christmas and Thanksgiving, I have an AMAZING aunt that makes Rum balls. Of course, she drinks a bit when cooking, so they are very very strong in flavor. Don't get me wrong, they are good, but I tend to gravitate toward caffeine over alcohol, in both consumption and flavor profile. So this year, I decided to try my hand at making my own "Coffee Balls" sans Rum. Hence the creation of my Buzz Balls. I too, followed tradition and went for a STRONG flavor profile. Therefore, if you eat too many of them, you can get a little buzzy. You have been forewarned.

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Step 1: Ingredients

For these balls of bliss, I chose to create with my favorite flavors. Bittersweet chocolate, Coffee, and Pecans. You can of course play around with the recipe and use walnuts, or almonds, or coat them with granulated sugar. There are so many ways to make dessert balls. But if you have any questions about alterations for your preferences, please feel free to reach out, I will answer them as best as I can.

Base ingredients:

1 Box Vanilla Wafers

2 Cups Pecans

1-10oz bag of Bittersweet chocolate Chips

1/4 Cup honey

4 TBSP Instant Coffee

Rolling Coating:

2 TBSP Powdered Sugar

1 TBSP cocoa Powder

1 TBSP Instant Coffee (Optional) *Balls can be coated with sugar/cocoa mixture only if preferred*

Step 2: Prep the Vanilla Wafers, Pecans, and Coffee Concentrate

A-) Blend the Vanilla Wafers until they are finely Ground.

B-) Blend the 2 Cups of Pecans until they are moderately and evenly chopped to small bits. Stop before they start turning into butter.

C-) Mix 4 (heaping) Tablespoons of Instant Coffee into 1/2 cup of boiling water. I use my tea kettle to quickly heat the water, but the microwave can also be used. You can also use hot water from the tap, but boiling water allows for the coffee grounds to dissolve quickly.

Note: You can increase/decrease amount of coffee to taste. Reminder - I like it strong.

Step 3: Melt the Chocolate

A-) Set up your Double Boiler. My preferred method is to use a large soup pot, and a large metal bowl. This allows me to add all the ingredients into the bowl, instead of running a little tight for space using a regular double boiler.

B-) Melt the Chocolate Chips and Honey

C-) Add the Coffee Concentrate and Mix well

D-) Remove From Heat

Step 4: Mix and Finish

A-) Add Ground Vanilla Wafers and Chopped Pecans to the Chocolate mixture. Mix well.

B-) Allow mixture to cool about 5 minutes, or until they hold their shape when rolled.

C-) Roll into 1 inch balls

D-) Coat with sugar/cocoa/coffee mixture.

E-) Allow to set for at least 1 hour.

These can be made 1-2 weeks ahead of time to allow the flavors to develop. The longer they sit, the more flavorful they become.

ENJOY!

Thanks so much for reading and trying out my Buzz Balls. If you have any comments or questions, please comment below and I'll get back with you as soon as I can.

Cheers & Happy New Year!

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    15 Discussions

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    AmyL166
    AmyL166

    6 weeks ago on Introduction

    These are so delicious!!! not too sweet perfect texture

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    TCHammack
    TCHammack

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    That’s so great! I’m glad you like them! Thank you so much for trying them out!

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    tcs79
    tcs79

    6 weeks ago

    It sound amazing. I love coffee, work with it and I will do this some day, but will use Expresso instead instant coffee if it's ok to you. I think the flavor is better. Thanks for the idea.

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    TCHammack
    TCHammack

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    Rock on! I fully support making it with your own adjustments! Enjoy!

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    Chaoslord66
    Chaoslord66

    6 weeks ago

    This sounds delightful! As a fellow coffee fiend, I am looking forward to trying these!

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    TCHammack
    TCHammack

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    Perfect! Love it!

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    PairsNPaint
    PairsNPaint

    6 weeks ago

    These look great! Reminds me of SNL's "Shweaty Balls" skit!

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    TCHammack
    TCHammack

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    LOL. That's awesome!

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    agriffith6
    agriffith6

    6 weeks ago

    Just letting you know there is chocolate chips that have espresso in it. They are yummy!

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    TCHammack
    TCHammack

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    Ooh! Sounds like a new breakfast cookie needs to be created around those!

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    ipmark2000
    ipmark2000

    6 weeks ago

    I'm saving this to make later! But just a note, in many cases its not safe to drink water directly from the hot water tap. There are a lot of dissolved metals and chemicals that hot water picks up in the pipes and water heater.

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    TCHammack
    TCHammack

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    Thanks for the tip!

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    outlawamps
    outlawamps

    Question 6 weeks ago on Introduction

    These sound AWESOME! I’m curious about the optional ‘instant coffee grounds’ though... what are these, and what is the difference between them and instant coffee?

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    TCHammack
    TCHammack

    Answer 6 weeks ago

    I apologize. My wording may be a bit confusing. They are the same thing. The (optional) I put next to the grounds for the coating was meant to offer the option to add the instant coffee grounds at all to that step. You can coat the outside in the sugar and cocoa alone. It just depends on if you want the additional coffee flavor. I hope this clarifies things. Thanks for reading!

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    aSavinGal
    aSavinGal

    Answer 6 weeks ago

    I believe it is the same thing, just a different name for it.