Monday, February 20, 2017

Cocktail Confessions: Baking With Booze

February has proven to be such a fun month so far. Typically it's a quieter month for us, but this year we've been taking our New Year's goal to heart and have seriously been consolidating down on our schedules. This has freed us up to do a lot more fun things, including entertain more!

As you know, we love us a good cocktail when we entertain. But here's my little confession for today - sometimes I like to mix a little booze with my baking.

Sneaky...yes.

Delicious? Absolutely!

{Photo Credit: Delights by Dawn}

When I came across this super yummy Dutch Caramel Vodka Bites recipe from Atlanta native and baker extraordinaire, Dawn from Delights by Dawn, I just had to give it a whirl on my own. Dawn makes the absolute best treats, and her speciality is infusing alcohol into decadent desserts. If you are local you might have been lucky enough to taste one of her treats when you've attended an event at the Georgia Dome or Phillips Arena. (If you aren't local - no worries - you are able to order all of Dawn's delights online too!)


My mouth was watering for caramel bites the moment I read about them, and I was equally excited to that the recipe called for one of my favorite infused flavors of vodka - caramel! Van Gogh Vodka has an awesome variety of flavored vodkas and the Dutch Caramel is one of my favorites (It's like dessert in a glass!).


It such a delicious flavor in cocktails that I couldn't wait to see how it would be used to create a fabulous tasting dessert.


After putting together the quick and easy recipe that Dawn provided we were smitten upon the first taste. These Dutch Caramel bites are are dangerous in such a good way! The combined flavors create such a decadent taste and we had to stop ourselves at just one or two because - eat responsibly. ;) But we could have easily gone through the whole batch!

Try them for yourselves!


DUTCH CARAMEL VODKA BITES

Ingredients

  • 1 12oz pkg of vanilla wafers
  • 3/4 cups of confectioners sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup of Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka
  • 7oz of melting chocolate (dark or milk)
  • wax or parchment paper
  • Optional: Sprinkles or other desired topping

Directions

  1. Put vanilla wafers in a food processor and process until fine. (If you don't have a food processor available, stick vanilla wafer in a large ziplock bag and roll with a rolling pin until fine in texture.)
  2. Place crushed wafers in a bowl and mix with sugar, corn syrup, and vodka. Mix until well combined. 
  3. Using a small cookie scoop, or heaping tablespoon, scoop a ball of your wafer dough into a ball and place on wax paper. 
  4. Melt the chocolate according to the package. (We always choose to melt in the microwave at 50% in 30 second increments. We stir in between each heating and repeat until smooth.)
  5. With a fork dip the bites into the chocolate until covered and then place back on the wax paper. 
  6. Place sprinkles or garnish on top before chocolate cools. 
  7. Let cool or place in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve. 
  8. Enjoy!

Note: Dawn suggests for the best possible taste to let these sit for a day or two before serving. This allows the flavors to truly combine for an even more delightful treat. 


Do you bake with booze? Share with us some of your favorite boozy desserts!

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