Boozie Valentine’s Day Rum Balls

Give these tiny, yummy rum treats for to your over 21 Valentines!
From Martha Stewart.

SIZE: makes 4 dozen

INGREDIENTS:
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
6 oz semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
3 large eggs
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp dark rum
Red sanding sugar, for rolling
Vegetable-oil cooking spray

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350F. Coat a 12-by-17″ rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray; set aside. Place butter and chocolate in a small heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and mixture is sooth and combined.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt. Stir in chocolate mixture, then fold in flour. Pour batter into prepared baking sheet; spread evenly. Bake, rotating halfway through, until top is shiny, about 10 minutes; a cake tester should come out with some crumbs attached. Let cool completely.

Break up brownie into small pieces; place in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. On low speed, pour in rum, and mix until crumbs start to come together to form a ball.

Shape mixture into 1″ balls. Roll in sanding sugar, coating completely. Place on a baking sheet, and refrigerate, uncovered, until chilled, about 2 hours. Serve chilled or at room temperature.


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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."

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