Saketini Christmas Balls, #CookieWeek

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Christmas Balls:
A sake wine laden gift Santa will enjoy on Christmas Eve.

Cookie Week days are chock full of goodies to support scrumptious celebration of the holidays. Sweets are key to any party in Japan. However, no significant celebration is complete without sake rice wine. From ancient times, sake was offered up in gratitude to the gods after a bountiful harvest. Later, the Japanese government actually created a Department of Sake! One of Japan’s samurai leaders also decreed Itami -  a region of Japan famous for its sake - as off limits for battle. (Allegedly he wanted to ensure the safety of his favorite sake.) Fast forward several centuries, sake is readily available for even impromptu celebrations like job promotions. At train stations, pop-top cans containing rice wine are sold alongside sodas and water in coin machines. 

So, to properly celebrate the start of #
CookieWeek, I felt compelled to contribute the Ninja Bakers Saketini Christmas Balls. (Saketini is easily made: 4 ounces of vanilla vodka stirred together with 2 teaspoons of sake rice wine.) Cheers! Or as we say in Japan, kampai!”

Saketini Christmas Balls

Naughty...but sooo nice. Chocolate, crushed pecans, sake wine and vanilla vodka and cookies combine to create these sensational Christmas treats.

This recipe is adapted from a rum ball recipe at Taste of Home.

  • 2 ½ cups vanilla wafer crumbs plus additional for garnish
  • 1 cup ground pecans
  • 1 cup powdered sugar plus additional for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons cocoa powder (the kind you use for hot chocolate)
  • ¼  cup Saketini
    (4 ounces vanilla vodka plus 2 teaspoons sake wine;
    you’ll have an extra sip or two for you)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons water

In a large bowl, whisk together the wafer crumbs, pecans, powdered sugar, and cocoa.

Stir together the Saketini, honey and water. Microwave for 33 seconds to allow the honey to melt. Stir again. Pour into the crumb mixture.

Shape into small balls. Roll in additional powdered sugar and/or wafer crumbs. for garnish.

Here are a few more holiday cookies which are sure to please: 

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sandwich Cookies by The Cooking Actress Caramel Apple Cider Cookies by Like Mother Like Daughter
Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars with Peanut Butter Frosting by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Chocolate-Filled Christmas Thumbprint Cookies by Food Lust People Love
Chocolate Fudge Brownie Sandwich Cookies by Cravings of a Lunatic
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Cookie Cups by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen Chocolate Peppermint Raisin Cookies from It's Yummi!
Classic Gingersnap Cookies by In The Kitchen With KP
Coffee-Toffee Thumbprint Cookies from Crumb
Dark Chocolate Andes Cookie Cups by Beyond Frosting
Double Chocolate Biscotti by Love and Confections
Eggnog Cookies by Jen's Favorite Cookies
Extra-Chewy Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies from Omeletta
Fruit Coolers by Texana's Kitchen
Gluten-free Elisenlebkuchen cookies by Masala Herb
Iced Molasses Cookies with by i heart eating
Nutella Cookies by Total Noms
Orange Cream Cookies by Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
Peanut Butter Cup Sandwich Cookies by Chocolate Moosey
Pumpkin Coconut Macaroons by 52 Kitchen Adventures
Rolo Brownie Cookies from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Saketini Christmas Balls from

Even Santa starts dancing with these naughty but nice Saketini Christmas Balls!

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Holiday Cheer: Saketini Christmas Balls 

Wishing you many reasons to raise your sake cup in good cheer.

The Ninja Baker

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