Monday, May 11, 2009

Janet's Bourbon Balls and Coconut Macaroons


Last weekend my good friend Janet brought over two wonderful desserts for our Kentucky Derby Party. She made Bourbon Balls so we could have something that was traditional Derby Fare and she also whipped up a batch of Coconut Macaroons. They were both great but I really, really, really liked the Coconut Macaroons! I didn't even know I liked coconut that much! Janet was nice enough to share the recipes and I'm sharing them with you! The photo of me and Janet is not from the Kentucky Derby party. We hardly took any pictures, I guess we were all busy having fun!

Thank you Janet for making these desserts for us and sharing the recipes!




1 c. powdered sugar
1/3 c. rum or bourbon
1/4 c. light corn syrup
2 1/2 c. crushed vanilla wafers (food processor makes this step easy!)
1 c. chopped pecans


Stir together powdered sugar, alcohol and corn syrup. Then add the crushed wafers and chopped nuts. Mix until evenly moistened and pinch a walnut sized piece and roll it firmly between the palms of your hands, repeat until all balls have been made. Then sift 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon cocoa powder onto a plate, roll the balls in the powder until evenly coated. Store in an airtight tin with doilies or wax paper between layers. Recommend candy sized Christmas cups for serving.


Coconut Macaroons

Adapted from recipe on package of coconut.


1 large pkg coconut (400g)
2/3 cups sugar
6 Tablespoons flour
1/4 ts Salt
4 egg whites
1 tsp almond extract (I used Amaretto instead)


Mix coconut, sugar, flour, and salt in a large bowl. Stir egg whites and almond extract/Amaretto. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 for about 20 minutes.


The Blonde Duck said...

The only macaroons I like are coconut! Yum!

Culinary Alchemist said...

I love BOTH of these... YUM!

Bob said...

Yeah, that'll do. I've never had a bourbon ball, I'm definitely trying them out!

Melissa said...

Those coconut macaroons look great!

Fabjena(TheBestRecipes) said...

These balls are looking woderful, I have to try the recipe fpr sure! :))

Cate said...

Love coconut macaroons and have been looking for a good recipe - printing - thank you!

Spryte said...

I love easy cookie recipes!

teresa said...

Cute pics! What delicious desserts!

Michele said...

I'm going to tell Janet that you all like her recipe and photos! I wish she had a blog because she comes up with easy desserts all the time. It's great for me because I can't bake!

Thanks for the comments!