Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Rum Chata Balls

It's Christmas Day.

Our family celebrated last weekend, so we are the epitome of lazy today.  We've had breakfast, consumed our annual dose of A Christmas Story, had leftover pizza for lunch and are currently in the middle of a 4 hour documentary about Monty Python.

Not your typical Christmas.

But I decided to do one thing today that I'm calling "constructive."

Along with a good percentage of our friends, we've recently discovered Rum Chata.

Sweet, milky, slightly coconuty rum.  It's good over ice.  It's good hot.  According to Hannah, it's good in coffee.  There are numerous recipes out there for baked goods that list Rum Chata among the ingredients.  But I looked for, and couldn't find, the obvious RC recipe:  rum balls.

So let the Christmas Day experiment begin!

My recipe for Rum Chata Rum Balls

1 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup Rum Chata
2 1/2 crushed Nilla Wafers
2+ cups chopped pecans, divided

Put the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 1 minute.  Stir and zap for 20 second intervals until melted and smooth.  Stir in Rum Chata, Nilla Wafers and 1 cup of the pecans.  Chill for at least one hour.

Roll the mixture into balls. I couldn't exactly roll the balls in chopped pecans - I had to "press" the chopped nuts into the balls.

I have to say, the end result was quite tasty.  The Rum Chata balls even got a stamp of approval from Hannah.

Too bad my last name is not Schweddy.

Merry Christmas everyone!