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Chocolate Almond Rum Balls

Ingredients

  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (about 3/4 pound)
  • 1 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 cups almond paste, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 boxes vanilla flavored wafers (16 cups)
  • 2 cups pecans
  • 3 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cups sifted unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups melted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups dark or white rum
  • 5 cups chocolate sprinkles, about

Instructions

  1. Stir chocolate chips in heatproof bowl set over saucepan of hot, not simmering, water until partially melted (the water should not touch the bottom of the bowl).
  2. Remove bowl from saucepan and continue stirring until melted and smooth; let cool.
  3. Add sour cream, almond paste and salt; beat until well blended. Set aside.
  4. Put wafers, in batches, in food processor and process until finely crushed (you should have about 9 cups). Transfer to large bowl.
  5. Put pecans in food processor and process until very finely chopped; add to crushed wafers.
  6. Add icing sugar and cocoa powder; mix until well blended.
  7. Stir in butter and rum until well mixed.
  8. Using large rubber spatula or hands, mix in chocolate mixture until well blended.
  9. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or until mixture is firm enough to shape.
  10. Shape 1 teaspoon mixture into a ball and coat with chocolate sprinkles.
  11. Repeat with remaining mixture and chocolate sprinkles.
  12. Place rum balls on wax-paper-lined jelly roll pans; cover tightly with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator.

Yield: about 36 balls


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