Thursday, December 8, 2011

My dad and Jack Daniels Balls

Growing up in Texas, I learned early on that there are FOUR men in this world you can always count on... Captain Morgan, Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and dear ol' Dad!! Though none have ever let me down, three of the four have prevented me from getting up!
Texans just love our libations!!
Christmas at our house was festive even in the lean times. Part of that holiday spirit was inspired by a completely different spirit... one of the distilled variety!!
My dad has made "Whiskey Balls" pretty much every year since I was a little more than a gleam in his eye and let me tell ya', that's a lotta years and a lotta balls!
I thought I would share his recipe with you today, although he rarely measures. He's one of those talented cooks who can "eyeball" just about anything and still get it right!
Hope you enjoy!!

Jack Daniels Whiskey Balls

2 cups toasted chopped pecans
1 (12 ounce) box vanilla wafers, finely crushed (about 2 3/4 cup)
2 cups confectioners' sugar, plus additional for rolling cookies
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Blend well with hands. Form into 1-inch balls rolling dough between hands. Roll in confectioners' sugar. Store in airtight container.

Thought I would share some real pics of my dear ol' dad, Robert, from Christmases past!!

This is my dad, and my little brother, Danial. Christmas 2010

My youngest daughter, Crystal, loves her Paw Paw!! Christmas 2010

And last but not least, my oldest son, Brandon, showing his comedic personality while sitting in Paw Paw Santa's lap!! I think he got a bag full of switches last year!! 

Hope you all enjoy your holidays!!
Yep, he looks just like my dad!!!


  1. Great post and a VALID excuse, I mean REASON, to enjoy some whiskey! Thanks for sharing!

  2. You're welcome, Kandie! No matter the reason, just have fun, right??!!

  3. Too fun, Robin. I'm not much of a baker but those are good lookin' balls. : )

  4. I'm going to try your balls. I mean your whiskey balls. Do you use light cocoa or dark or doesn't it make a difference. And as always, love your music.

  5. Tara, I'll be sure to tell my dad that his balls are awesome!! He'll be glad to know it!!
    Mrs Z, the cocoa is your preference, though the light may go better with the whiskey, JMO.
    Either way, enjoy my dad balls, I mean recipe! Heheheh!

  6. Awesome Post! I smiled all the way through the post. I like the recipe and will definitely have to try this out. So tastey looking, we can defintely say it's ok to swallow - LOL

    Ronda Tutt

  7. Yum, yum. I might have to try those. I think I'd get along great with your dad.

  8. OHMYGOD!! That right there is a good looking man Rob! He's a looker and makes balls...with whiskey. I heart him LOL

  9. LMAO!! Y'all are just too funny!
    @Avril, my dad was a teen dad so he's still got it!!
    When he didn't have a beard, which he usually keeps all winter, and his hair was darker, he looked like Tom Selleck! He thinks he is the bees knees, I can tell you that! Hehehe!

  10. "Jack Daniels" sure caught my eye--I like the green label best)--I lost my recipe for bourbon balls years ago--now I can make them again. Thank you and Merry Christmas! Meredith

  11. Hope you have fun making and EATING them, Meredith!! Thanks for stopping by & Merry Christmas, honey!