Pascale's Kitchen: Chocolate balls
The classic recipe for chocolate balls calls for cocoa powder and melted butter or margarine, depending on whether you want the balls to be dairy or parve ( vegetarian )
By PASCALE PEREZ-RUBIN, Jerusalem Post, NOVEMBER 26, 2022
Classic chocolate balls with icing
Makes 20 balls.
- 300 gr. dry cookies of any sort, leftover cake or biscuits
- ¾ cup sugar
- 6 Tbsp. cocoa powder
- 150 gr. butter or margarine, softened
- 100 gr. chocolate, broken up into squares
- 1 Tbsp. chocolate liqueur
- ¼ cup walnuts, finely chopped
- 1/3 cup dairy or parve milk at room temperature
- Chocolate shavings, colored sprinkles or coconut flakes
If making for adults, you can add:
- 1 shot glass of espresso
- 1 Tbsp. whiskey or 1 Tbsp. brandy
- 1/8 tsp. salt
Hazelnut and chocolate spread:
- ½ cup dairy or parve whipped cream or mascarpone cheese
- 1 cup cocoa powder
Add the cookies or leftover cake to the bowl of a food processor and grind until very fine.
Pour the ground cookie crumbs into a large bowl, then add the sugar and cocoa powder. Mix well. Add the softened butter, then mix well.
Pour the milk into a small pot and heat over low heat. Add the chocolate and continue mixing until all the chocolate has completely melted.
Next, pour the chocolate into the cookie crumbs and mix well. Add the ground walnuts and mix again. If the mixture is too soft and the balls cannot retain their shape, put the mixture in the fridge for an hour, then take it out and form balls with a diameter of 3-4 centimeters, or whatever size you want.
Place the chocolate shavings, sprinkles or coconut on flat plates and then roll the chocolate balls in whichever topping you want. Then, place each ball in a paper cupcake holder. Store the balls in the fridge.
To prepare the adult version: Instead of using cocoa, use chocolate spread, whipped cream, espresso, whiskey or brandy and salt. Mix all the ingredients together. You can add some more whipped cream or chocolate spread if necessary.
Form balls, then roll them in the cocoa powder and then place them in paper cupcake holders.
Level of difficulty: Medium Time: 1 hour Status: Dairy or parve (vegetarian)