Chocolate Rum Balls February 8, 2013
Are you making anything special for Valentine’s Day using your fresh eggs? At my house, it’s Chocolate Rum Balls.
I’ve been looking at this recipe for a while. It’s more or less a batch of brownies baked until not quite done, broken up into crumbs, and then mixed with dark rum until it holds together for rolling in sugar.
How could that be anything but delicious?
It’s in one of my favorite recipe collections, a Martha Stewart Holiday magazine that came out a few years ago, consisting of nothing but cookie recipes. Everything in it that I’ve tried so far has been smashing, so when I needed to come up with a chocolate recipe to share at our little town’s community celebration, I immediately thought of these Chocolate Rum Balls. And here’s a bonus for those of us who keep chickens: it uses three eggs rather than just one or two. (Because we get so many eggs from our hens, I always look for recipes that use a lot them!)
A few notes for anyone else interested in trying these:
- Yes, the batter is thin.
- Yes, it is spread on a large, rimmed cookie sheet rather than in a traditional brownie pan.
- Yes, it is baked only 10 minutes.
Those things gave me a little pause when I read over the recipe, so I compared the Chocolate Rum Balls recipe in my book to the version online (linked above) in case of any errata… but they were exactly the same. Perfect.
And they turned out perfectly, too. Yum. Chocolately, fudgy, rummy, and sweet-but-not-too-sweet.
The only change I made was–I admit it–I added extra rum. Actually, about twice as much. It still worked nicely. Next time, I’ll consider adding some espresso powder, too, and see where that takes us. Come to think of it, I also used turbinado sugar rather than regular sanding sugar. Does that count as a change? I love the crunchy texture that coarse sugar provides; if you want something smoother, you might roll in powdered sugar instead.
So, what are you going to be making this Valentine’s Day with your backyard eggs? A special quiche for dinner? Breakfast in bed? Angel food cake? Creme brulee? Please share in the comments!