I've been making this recipe for years now but I've tweaked it a bit for my family. First of all, I don't drink so I tend to use whatever alcohol is leftover from the previous years baking. Because of that my family calls these "Booze Balls" and no one really cares what alcohol is in them!
This year they have brandy in them. One trick I have learned is to use the food processor to turn the wafers into a flour. Then I add the alcohol and mix well and let it sit for about an hour. The alcohol mixed with the wafer flour will form a dough. I knead it, much as I would bread dough. Doing this I end up with a velvety soft and creamy texture to the finished cookies. No one in my family likes nuts so they are omitted.
After the base dough is ready I add the cocoa and sugar. I knead this into the dough. Yes, it is a bit time consuming but it's worth it in the end. Then I continue on with the corn syrup and the rest of the directions. I store them in a tight container with sugar in the bottom. I gently invert the container then right it to recoat the balls.
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I've been making this recipe for years now but I've tweaked it a bit for my family. First of...