Of Advent…9 Days Left: Drooling for “Toxic & Lethal Orange Drops”

These tasty but lethal drops (liquor balls) are a take from the old traditional “Rum Balls,” here revamped with a flavor twist, Grand Marnier, for the Christmas holidays, or a treat for any celebration in the year.

I wish you could all smell the wonderful orangie aroma emanating from the bowl of the fresh batch of orange drops hubby and I put together this evening. They now sit in the fridge, aging. My familia will enjoy them for Christmas Eve, at midnight, alongside homemade chocolate & Kahlua mousse!

Come; take a comfortable seat at our cozy table. Dinner is served!

Recipe makes roughly 100 liquor balls


15 ounces of vanilla wafers, very finely crushed

2 cups pecans [measured whole], toasted and very finely chopped

3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

1/3 white mocha powder (such as Ghirardelli)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon chipotle powder

Pinch of salt


1/2 cup Grand Marnier

1/4 cup brandy

1/3 cup orange marmalade


1/4 cup Baker’s [fine] sugar

1/8 cup sweetened cocoa (such as Ghirardeli)

  • In a large bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients and toss well.
  • Add the next 3 ingredients and mix well to incorporate, and then allow the mixture to rest in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight before shaping.
  • Shape dough into 1 inch balls; roll in sugar and cocoa mixture.
  • Store the Grand Marnier orange drops in an airtight container for at least 2-3 days to develop flavor, and up to 1 month.

Cook with heart; eat with gusto. Buen Provecho!


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