Spokane for a book signing tomorrow. The event has promised not only my stellar wit and dramatics, but also cookies.
Now, cookies are all well and good, but I find if I'm desperate for a good turnout, the promise of booze is much more effective than my sparkling personality. That's why I'm taking rum balls. Well, not just rum balls, but also Southern Comfort balls (which, we all know, are Mama's favorite) and Kahlua balls.
You, too, can bribe your loved ones with these grown-up treats. Here's how:
Sexy Vegan Mama's Rum Balls
Half of a 14.4-oz. box of graham crackers (Be careful and check labels. I found several brands with milk in them.)
1 1/4 c. confectioner's sugar
3 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 c. slivered almonds
1/2 c. rum, liqueur or flavored alcohol of your choice (vanilla vodka, peppermint schnapps, brandy, Gran Marnier, butterscotch schnapps... it's all good)
3 T. light corn syrup
3/4 c. cocoa powder, confectioner's sugar, or vegan sugar for rolling
Whiz the graham crackers in a blender or food processor (I use the Magic Bullet) until they are very finely ground and almost powdery.
Very finely chop the almonds with a knife or in a blender or food processor until they are in small, coarse bits.
Mix all the dry ingredients - except the cocoa or sugar you've set aside for rolling - in a large bowl, then add liqueur and corn syrup and stir until well mixed. Your arm will get very tired, and you may need to use more liquor (if your dough is too dry, you can put some more in the mixture, as well as in your belly). The dough should be stiff and sticky, and hold its shape when rolled into a ball.
Form into 1-inch balls (a melon baller works great!), rolling with the palms of your (clean!) hands.
Roll each ball in the cocoa, confectioner's sugar, or vegan sugar, coating well.
Line the bottom of a covered container with wax paper and place the balls inside, in a single layer. Put the container in the refrigerator for two to three days before serving, and threaten your husband with castration if he tries to sneak any before they're cured.