No Bake Gingersnap Brandy Balls

12 Days of Christmas Cookies

These easy No Bake Gingersnap Brandy Balls marry two of my favorite flavors: brandy and gingersnaps. With a heady dose of brandy in every bite, these tasty morsels double as a sweet dessert and an after dinner drink! 

These easy no bake Gingersnap Brandy Balls are delicious and easy! The perfect addition to an adult holiday dessert spread!

I have been known to add brandy to unexpected foods: pie, waffles, cranberry chutney, and chocolate peppermint kiss cookies! You can imagine how excited I was to combine gingersnaps and brandy into one easy, no-bake cookie!!

These easy no bake Gingersnap Brandy Balls are delicious and easy! The perfect addition to an adult holiday dessert spread!

They come together effortlessly with the help of a food processor and a microwave! The hardest part is waiting for them to set in the refrigerator.

Tart cherries are soaked in brandy and then combined with gingersnap crumbs, nutty, toasted walnuts and powdered sugar! The effect is sensational!

Brandy is the star flavor, so choose a high quality brandy or if you don’t like brandy, skip these and head straight to my Gingerbread Boys, Gingersnaps or Molasses Sugar Cookies!

These easy no bake Gingersnap Brandy Balls are delicious and easy! The perfect addition to an adult holiday dessert spread!

Much to my delight and to the disappointment of my husband, these No Bake Gingersnap Brandy Balls taste like brandied gingerbread cookie dough with a hint of cherry and toasted walnuts! Headspinningly delicious…or that could be the brandy.

Hmm.

Doesn’t matter. They are awesome.

These easy no bake Gingersnap Brandy Balls are delicious and easy! The perfect addition to an adult holiday dessert spread!

My husband would have preferred a coarser chopped walnut coating, which could easily be done to accommodate those who want a little crunch with their ginger brandy balls!

I loved the intermingling of brandy, gingersnap, cherry and toasted walnut flavors. You can use homemade gingersnaps or a quality store-bought!

These easy no bake Gingersnap Brandy Balls are delicious and easy! The perfect addition to an adult holiday dessert spread!

It should be noted, because I try to do all I can to avoid disappointment around here, that brandy is the primary flavor. If you would like to tone down the brandy flavor and make it a nice subtle background note, then substitute half the brandy for filtered water. I also cannot emphasize enough: quality brandy is a must!

These easy no bake Gingersnap Brandy Balls are delicious and easy! The perfect addition to an adult holiday dessert spread!

These No Bake Gingersnap Brandy Balls are for the ninth day of my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. You won’t want to miss the Chocolate Pecan TassiesMolasses Sugar CookiesOld Fashioned GingersnapsPeanut Butter BlossomsOld Fashioned Oat Lace CookiesRaspberry Linzer CookiesHoliday Bark or Cherry Pecan Cookies!

No Bake Gingersnap Brandy Balls

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 18 Cookies

No Bake Gingersnap Brandy Balls

These easy No Bake Gingersnap Brandy Balls marry two of my favorite flavors: brandy and gingersnaps. With a heady dose of brandy in every bite, these tasty morsels double as a sweet dessert and an after dinner drink!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup (1 ½ oz) tart dried cherries, chopped
  • ¼ cup brandy
  • 1 ¼ cups (5 ¾ oz) crushed gingersnap cookies (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 ¼ cups (5 oz) confectioners sugar, divided
  • ¾ cup (2 ¾ oz) toasted chopped walnuts, divided (I toasted mine in a pan)
  • 4 tablespoons (2oz) unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, soften chopped cherries in brandy. Let sit for about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in gingersnap crumbs, 1 cup sugar, ¼ cup walnuts, butter, and ¼ teaspoon salt.
  3. Let the gingersnap mixture sit, so that it is firm enough to roll. While it sits pulse the remaining walnuts, sugar and salt in a food processor until finely ground.
  4. Roll the dough into balls approximately 1 inch wide and roll in ground walnut sugar. Place on a rimmed baking sheet or plate; cover with plastic wrap; and refrigerate at least 12 hours.

Notes:

It should be noted that brandy is the primary flavor. If you would like to tone down the brandy flavor and make it a nice subtle background note, then substitute half the brandy for filtered water. I also cannot emphasize enough: quality brandy is a must!

Recipe adapted from Brandy Sugarplums from Fine Cooking, December 2014/January 2015

http://americanheritagecooking.com/2014/12/no-bake-gingersnap-brandy-balls/

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Comments

  1. says

    That’s it. My mail-lady is going down today! Seriously, though, these cookies look awesome, Lindsey. I’ve never been much of a brandy guy myself. I usually turn to scotch as an after-dinner drink, but I think I could be persuaded to make an exception here. Actually, I just got the best idea…what about a glass of scotch with one of these cookies?? Done!
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    • AmericanCooking22 says

      I’ve tried to like scotch. I’ve visited all the main distilleries but I just can’t. I just can’t. I don’t see why you couldn’t pour two fingers and then eat a brandy ball too! The holidays is all about splurging…or at least that’s my moto!

  2. says

    Oh, my gosh, do your brandy balls look outstanding!!! I never drink brandy, but I keep a big bottle and love to use it in cooking and baking. Now there will be another 1/4 cup missing :)

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      I’m not sure what a lotus biscuit is but if it has ginger and cinnamon and all that good stuff, then they’ll probably be awesome!

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