Smaug's Gems
Smaug's Gems

Fantastic Treat: cookies and cocoa, sweet with nuts, and whiskey!

I first came across this recipe when looking for Lord of The Ring’s related dishes. It was originally called Smaug’s Balls. I played around with it a little and renamed it a much more sophisticated Smaug’s Gems, but now that I’m sharing it with the entire world, I think maybe they need another new name…

How about Deez Nutz Balls???

Andrew’s response? “What demographic are you aiming for? 6-12 year old boys, and 27-34 year old woman? (My age range.) (<– The latter of course.)
“Hey,” I replied, “I bet the guys on $h!tfacedchefs would like it! Besides, any 6 year could make these themselves…. minus the whiskey. …unless it were ours.” (Yes, that’s right. I censored the curse word, but am perfectly fine with letting my 6 year old cook with booze.)

Anyway, these are not just for boys, middle-aged tomboys, or adult adolescent boys. Ladies, these would be PERFECT at your bible study or book club! (With or without the whiskey, of course.)

*UPDATE: My mom says they should be called “Schweddy Balls.”

Chocolate Cookie Nut Whiskey Balls

By: semiserious chefs
Serves: 6-8 as hors d’oeuvres


  • 2 cups lemon or vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, plus more for coating
  • 2 cups cashews (or other favorite nut)
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup honey/agave
  • 1/2 cup whiskey (or apple juice)


  1. Add the wafers, powdered sugar, nuts, and cocoa powder to a blender or food processor and grind to a powder.
  2. Add the honey and whiskey, and mix.
  3. Form into balls, half to one inch in diameter, and roll in powdered sugar.

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