Monday, October 5, 2009

Swedish Cocoa Balls with Amaretto



I don't know if these are really Swedish but Ronny says so, and the part where they put oatmeal into the mix seemed Swedish enough to me.

The original recipe uses coffee and not Amaretto. It's something Swedish moms make with their kids and since the kids end-up eating most of it, and kids have this amazing ability to be able to binge on sweet things, they probably didn't want the kids to get too 'high' on both sugar and alcohol. After all, it's supposed to be healthier when you're eating stuff you made with your mom than when you just buy packaged junk food.

I'm sure people have different rules about alcohol in food for their kids, so I leave it to your discretion what you feed your own children, but for the sake of propriety, I'll say that this recipe is for adults because it has Amaretto in it.

When Ronny first made these (with coffee), I thought they were like 'Rum Balls'. My recipe was an American one but having talked to a German friend about these, it seems they make 'Rum Balls' in Germany too. He tells me the ingredients are rum, chocolate and sugar...woohoo! Anyhow I just had to remake these with some kind of alcohol in it because although I don't drink much I do love using alcohol as a ingredient in cooking.

Anyhow, here's my modified recipe for Swedish Cocoa Balls 'for Adults'. I loved the use of oatmeal as it's the only somewhat healthy ingredient in the mix. The rest is almost pure butter and sugar!

Ingredients

150 g Butter (at room temperature)

2 dl Sugar

3.5 dl Oatmeal

1 dl Dessicated Coconuts + some extra for coating the balls

1 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Sugar

4.5 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

2-3 Tbsps Amaretto (or Coffee if it's for kiddies)

Step 1: Set the butter in a bowl and let it melt down to room temperature. Mix in the sugar until you have this nice creamy sugar & butter mixture.

Step 2: Add the rest of the dry ingredients, then add in as much Amaretto as you think is necessary for the mixture to hold together. I used 2 Tbsps Amaretto.

Step 3: Roll the balls in dessicated coconut and coat them evenly. Put them inside a Tupperware in a neat row.

Step 4: Cool the Cocoa Balls in the freezer until they are firm. Enjoy!

17 comments:

taste traveller said...

It's true, they have rumballs here as well, and they give them to kids - maybe just to make them quiet. I like the addition of oatmeal - I imagine that makes them a little less sweet.

Palidor said...

Amaretto, coffee, or rum, these would be delicious any which way! I like all the butter and sugar... they help offset the healthiness of the oatmeal. ;-)

Murasaki Shikibu said...

taste traveller: Not sure if this is a plus, but the oatmeal makes it possible to eat MORE of these before you get a sugar overdose!

Palidor: The oatmeal gives the balls a nice texture and like I said before - it means you can eat more without feeling like you've had too much sugar. I'm not fussy about my sugar intake mind you but my body tends to balk after I've consumed a certain amount of it. ;)

Nat said...

Wow...Thanks for sharing ! Looks like such a satisfying adult desert! Perhaps when my little girl is older I might give it a try although I was always under the impression caffeine would make her hyper...

Murasaki Shikibu said...

Nat: You might substitute liquid cocoa for coffee it 2 tbsps of it bothers you. It's not good to stress over these small things. On another note, I wonder if this is why the oh so pragmatic Germans would rather lace their chocolate balls with rum which has the opposite effect of coffee? ;)

Justin said...

my question is how many of these you can eat, because i have a feeling i'd eat a LOT of them...

♥peachkins♥ said...

looks like a perfect way to end a meal!

Anncoo said...

I must try this recipe one of these days. Thanks for sharing.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Mmm, totally decadent - nice for the holidays!

Elra said...

Cocoa balls sounds like a good treat to have.

Ilva said...

ÅÅÅÅÅ kokosbollar! My children loves to make them! But with cocoks, maybe I should steal a part of next batch and put some alcohol in them for me?

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

LOL, my kids would devour these in no time. Thank you for giving the coffee version too in brackets. I love adding a dash of spirit to my cooking too, but with kids, have to keep myself in check. I love the oatmeal in there...great idea!!

Lori said...

These sound great. I love making rum balls and eating them. We try to make ours real early so that the flavors meld and mellow.

Girl Japan: April Marie said...

It has been way too long since we chatted... and I've missed your posts...

How are you? How have you been? SCBA's look scrumptious....

Dorte said...

In Denmark we make them as well ... for grown ups you sometimes add rum :-)

Nazarina A said...

I tell ya your cocoa balls will not last a minute in my house! Yummy Yummy!

Trish said...

How did I miss this post?! These look soooooo good! Love little treats like that and hey, Christmas is coming so a good time to prepare goodies to tuck away as gifts.