It goes without saying that one cannot properly celebrate the holidays without some kind of homemade candy right? While I love baking and will happily bake just about anything, morning, noon and night, I really struggle making complicated candy recipes. I'm too scattered (read A.D.D.) to give boiling sugar and other complicated candy making the attention it deserves. I inevitably burn the sugar, over cook it, etc., etc., so I'm constantly on the hunt for recipes that are easy and don't require me to have a degree in pastry to make.
These are the simplest thing to make. They are a break from the "traditional" recipe in that they don't include crushed cookies for the filling. This recipe is made with marzipan, diced dried figs and bourbon. I call these Norwegian Bourbon Balls. The epitome of a fusion recipe. Marzipan is huge, HUGE in Scandinavian cooking and I'm always on the lookout to include it in just about everything I bake in the kitchen. Marzipan + the best liquor on the planet (Bourbon) is pretty undeniably, amazing.
16 oz marzipan or almond paste
1/2 C. diced dried Calmyrna figs or golden raisins
3 T. bourbon
1 lb. dark chocolate
Place the marzipan, figs and bourbon in the bowl of a mixer. Combine on low until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Roll into 1/2" balls. I used a 1/2" cookie scoop for this and it worked perfectly. Place balls on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Freeze for 15 minutes.
Melt the chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Remove the balls from the freezer and dip one at a a time in the melted chocolate. Gently remove from the chocolate, by scooping the ball with a fork. Gently tap the fork on the side of the bowl to remove excess chocolate and set the balls on a piece of waxed paper to harden. Immediately after dipping each ball sprinkle the tops with decorative candies/sprinkles.