Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
2 dozen (serving size: 1 ball)

In this quick-and-easy rendition, we used packaged brownie mix, a little bourbon, and chopped toasted walnuts for a spunky after-dinner treat.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Combine first 4 ingredients (including fudge packet from mix), stirring well. Spread into an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near edge of pan comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

Step 3

Crumble brownies; place in a food processor. Add bourbon; process until mixture forms a ball (about 30 seconds).

Step 4

Shape brownie mixture into 24 balls, about 1 1/2 tablespoons each. Place nuts in a shallow bowl. Roll balls in nuts, pressing gently to coat.

Step 5

Note: Store balls in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.

Ratings & Reviews

user's Review

December 31, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experiences. After reading about the "sticky mess", I thought it would be best to let the brownies completely cool before I mixed the bourbon in to make the ball. The recipe worked out perfectly, and the brownies were quite tasty.

jhoward0145's Review

June 24, 2014

RaeByrd1982's Review

September 22, 2013
It came out a horrible sticky mess. Would not cook again

peggybrow's Review

December 31, 2012
I'd rather make the Oreo cookie balls covered in chocolate...

Maria54911's Review

December 03, 2012
I'd like to know what brand of mix those of you who had success with this recipe used. (And did it contain a syrup packet?) I went to two stores looking for a DH mix, and ended up with a BC 18oz box with fudge packet. It was very sticky - too sticky. (And yes, I'm following the directions and putting the applesauce in before it's baked.)

vickitedder's Review

May 13, 2012
I made these with khalua. I didn't have an problems with stickiness. They were delicious and a big hit with the family at Christmas.

peconomos's Review

Colorado Cook
January 01, 2011
applesauce is baked IN the brownie mix (in place of oil), not added after. There is no stickiness. I added coconut rum. Yum.

HEIDI5522's Review

December 15, 2010
I was going to make these, for Christmas Goodie bags. I make about 30, for the people at my husband's work. Not a good idea! I just made regular Brownie mix, package directions, and added 3 tablespoons of Peppermint Scnapps, in place of the Bourbon.After the food processing, I put the mix in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, to harden up, and then rolled, small walnut sized balls in Confectioners' sugar. I got 42.....These are way too time consuming. Of course, if you have kids...GREAT , fun, fun for them to do!

Linz10's Review

November 12, 2010
I don't know what happened, but it was a sticky gooey mess. What a pain.

Robillm's Review

July 16, 2010
These were very tasty. No goo, not too dry. The liqueur could be changed--what goes good with chocolate? Hmmm-khalua, various schnapps, amaretto,etc. Also, this is made with a mix-you don't have to follow these directions, just make up the mix. Brownies baked-crumbled & whirled with liqueur of choice.