Cookie #3: Rachael Ray's Bourbon Street Balls with Pecans

By: Melanie Rehak

Cooking Channel is joining Food Network for our first annual cookie swap, 12 Days of Cookies. Each day, visit us here for a look at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from favorite chefs and Food People. Then visit FoodNetwork.com/12daysofcookies for great takes on holiday baking from Food Network chefs — cookies by the dozen to celebrate all season.

How can you resist a recipe that calls for jiggers of anything? In the case of Rachael Ray's Bourbon Street Balls with Pecans, it's the bourbon that gives this candy-like cookie a little kick to get grown-ups in the kind of holiday spirit the street they're named for suggests.

Mix the gooey base up with crushed vanilla cookies, butter your fingers, and get rolling. No baking means these pecan-covered delights can literally be thrown together and served quickly, leaving you with just a little more time to enjoy the season.

12 Days of Cookies:

What's your favorite way to cook with bourbon?

Melanie Rehak, author of Eating for Beginners, has been baking cookies since she was old enough to climb onto the kitchen stool. She's partial to Zimtsterne—cinnamon stars—for the holidays, but loves most cookies all year long.

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