Mr. Food: Mint Julep Balls

It's tradition, the first Saturday in May has us racing to watch the Kentucky Derby, and nothing's more traditional than sipping a mint julep during "The Run for the Roses."

But if we want to start a tasty new tradition, using any brands, in a large bowl we mix together well 2 cups crumbled vanilla wafers, 1 cup confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa and 1 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans. Then we add 1/4 cup bourbon, 1-1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup and 1/2 teaspoon mint extract. Combine that with your hands until the mixture holds together.

Form it into 1-inch balls, dusting them with a bit of confectioners' sugar, and that’s it. Done! No baking, no waiting! We've got delectable mint julep cookie balls that are ready to pop in our mouths for that smooth rich taste.

And if perchance, you have any left over after the finish line is crossed, store them in an airtight container to enjoy later on! It has all the taste of a mint julep rolled into a cookie! Wow!

If you’d like the recipe, just send a self-addressed, stamped envelope marked "Mint Julep Balls," to me, Mr. Food, right here at the station, or it's online at the click of your mouse for a photo finish cookie that'll make you a winner too!

Now there's a new julep tradition to keep that will have them running for the roses, and the cookies, because every mouthful pays off with "OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!®"