Every Christmas and Easter I am in charge of baking all the festive treats. This recipe for Espresso Martini Balls was an experiment that blended two recipes together because I love Espresso Martini’s and I wanted to add something different to my usual offerings.
There is nothing really Christmassy about these yummy morsels so you could make them for any occasion and they can be made a few days in advance if needed and they freeze really well if you want to keep a stock of them on hand for unexpected visitors or you want a really yummy midnight snack.
1 x 250gm packet of scotch finger biscuits
1/2 cup of ground almond meal
1 tin sweetened condensed milk
1 cup sultanas
1/4 cup Kahlua
1/4 cup Vodka
1 shot of strong coffee
2 heaped tablespoons of cocoa
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 extra tablespoon of cocoa
- In a sealable container place the sultanas, Kahlua and Vodka. It is ideal if this can be done at least one day in advance so the sultanas absorb the alcohol and become nice and plump. Every now and then turn the container upside down so that all the sultanas come into contact with the spirits.
- Make a fresh shot of coffee, allow it to cool and then add it to the sultanas before you start preparing the rest of the mixture.
- Place the scotch finger biscuits into a large jug or bowl and use a stab blender to crush them into fine crumbs. You can use your food processor for this step, I just don’t because I am too lazy to wash all the pieces.
- Add the almond meal, condensed milk, sultanas and cocoa then stir together with a wooden spoon until well combined.
- Please the mixture into the fridge for at least 2 hours to firm up.
- Combine the coconut and extra cocoa in a bowl until well mixed.
- Line a large tray with baking paper (saves washing up later)
- Using a dessert spoon, scoop out mixture and roll into balls, and then roll them in the coconut/cocoa mix until well covered and put onto the lined baking tray.
- Place the tray in the fridge to let them firm again then place them in a sealable container to stop them from drying out or put them in the freezer.
This recipe makes approximately 30 generous sized balls.
What is your favourite Christmas treat that you make each year?
These Espresso Martini balls will definitely being making an appearance next Christmas!