Today I am happy to present one of my childhood favorites! In Israel Chocolate Balls are considered kids dessert but I assure you that adults happily enjoy these as well. I made a batch for my birthday picnic last summer and they were gone in no time!
These balls are simple and quick to make, contain 5 ingredients, and require no baking – almost too good to be true!
However, there is one problem, might be a tiny one – the main ingredient of these balls are cookies known in Israel in their French name: Petit Beurre (the little butter…) – these are typical french butter cookies – in Israel, due to kosher rules, you can get these dairy free – aka – vegan!
In English and German the cookies are known as Leibniz Keks – the German company that makes them. So far I couldn’t get butterless butter cookies here in Germany. In the few times I had no Israeli Petit Beurre [one of the things I always bring back with me from Israel], I used the German Zwieback – a kind of a sweet toast that has a vegan version as well. It’s not the same as using the Petiti Beurre but when you have nothing else… it works as well! Americans, I am sure there’s something suitable for you out there! 🙂
So, once we sorted this out, let’s see what we need – for 16 big balls or 20+ medium balls:
- 500 gr. vegan Petit Beurre
- 2 spoons of brown sugar
- 2 spoons of cocoa powder
- 1.5 cups non-dairy milk (I use soy milk usually)
- For coating: coconut flakes, sugar streusel, pistachios flakes, almond flakes etc.
100 gr. margarine or a butter substitute, I use Sojola, a soy base margarine
- Break cookies into small pieces – I put them in a plastic bag and squash them to crumbs with my hands. Breaking them in a food processor is also a good option, fast and clean!
- In a big bowl – mix cookies crumbs, 2 spoons of sugar, 2 spoons of cocoa powder, margarine, and milk
- Make sure to add the milk gradually – the mix should not be too wet or sticky – add 1/2 cup at a time and mix very well
- Create balls – messy work… I use disposable gloves for this mess 🙂
- Roll the balls in your choice of topping – coconut is my favorite, kids love the sugar streusel and any kind of nuts makes them look fancy
- Let cool in the fridge before serving – at least an hour
What else can be added to the mix?
- Rum or other liquor
- Pieces of nuts
- Pieces of dry fruits
- Vanilla extract