Joe Trocchio's Wild Turkey Balls

My housemate works with Joe and the man knows his way around a kitchen. Among other things, he won their office chili throwdown. He has graciously agreed to let us share this recipe with you. Fran was in town last weekend so Fran, her daughter (Allison), Fran’s husband (Greg), me and my housemate (Patricia) joined forces to knock out 4 batches of these bad boys in relatively little time.

Joe Trocchio’s Wild Turkey Balls


  • 1 box Vanilla Wafers, crushed
  • 1 1/2 c finely chopped Walnuts
  • 1 c Confectioners Sugar (plus extra for rolling balls)
  • 3 tbsp cocoa (we used 1/2 unsweetened and 1/2 sweetened)
  • 1/3 c Wild Turkey Bourbon (plus a little for the cooks)
  • 4 1/2 tbsp Corn Syrup


Crush the Vanilla Wafers. You can put them in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin or, if you're in a hurry (like we were), toss them into a food processor.
Finely chop the walnuts. We used a food processor for this, too. Although, I think you can buy them ground.
Place the crushed Vanilla Wafers, ground Walnuts, cocoa, and Confectioners Sugar in a large bowl and mix well.
Add the Wild Turkey Bourbon and Corn Syrup. Incidentally, for those of you who may not know, like me, 4 tbsp equal 1/4 cup. Fran was a Home Ec major and she taught her daughter well. I said we needed 4 1/2 tbsp corn syrup and they both said, practically in unison, "One quarter cup plus..." Now you know, too. And I am unlikely to forget. Mix well. This takes a little time and patience but its well worth the effort.
Form into balls.
Roll in powdered sugar. We placed them in round tins and put foil on the bottom and between layers to keep them from sticking to each other. You may want to add some powdered sugar before you serve them. They get a sort of glaze on them as the powdered sugar is absorbed.
Joe’s recipe has this paragraph at the bottom, “I recommend making the cookies with a friend or two and to enjoy a shot of Wild Turkey throughout the manufacturing process. I don’t know why, but somehow the experience of making the cookie is more fun than the enjoyment you will get from giving these little gems to your friends and family.” I agree, wholeheartedly.

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