Pomanders are one-of-a-kind, no-bake chocolate cookies. This recipe has been handed down from many generations in our family. As a tradition, Grandma has made Pomanders for us nearly every Christmas, but they are great year-round! The longer you let these no bake cookies set the better they taste. So, make them a few weeks before you plan to eat them, hide them from your family and friends, and have patience! Store in tight containers for two to three weeks to let the flavors fully cultivate and intensify. You can eat these right after they're made, but for best taste let them sit at least two weeks.

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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the chocolate chips, sugar, corn syrup, and water in a glass or metal bowl. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water to melt the chocolate chips, stirring occasionally. Once the chips are melted, stir the orange flavoring into the mixture and remove from the heat.

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  • Meanwhile, mix together the vanilla wafers and hazelnuts in a bowl; set aside. Pour the chocolate mixture into the bowl; mix until evenly coated. Shape the mixture into small balls; decorate with the candy sprinkles.

Nutrition Facts

107.9 calories; 0.8 g protein; 17.4 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 40.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2008
This was so easy and really tasty. I made them for a holiday cookie contest at work and took home 2nd place... not too shabby! A little tip- Make the chocolate mixture in the microwave on high for about 30 seconds stir well- saves time and dishes. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/14/2010
Not a knock-out. Probably won't make again. Expected them to be tastier! Read More
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18 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2008
This was so easy and really tasty. I made them for a holiday cookie contest at work and took home 2nd place... not too shabby! A little tip- Make the chocolate mixture in the microwave on high for about 30 seconds stir well- saves time and dishes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2008
This was so easy and really tasty. I made them for a holiday cookie contest at work and took home 2nd place... not too shabby! A little tip- Make the chocolate mixture in the microwave on high for about 30 seconds stir well- saves time and dishes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2008
This recipe is similar to one my mother made for decades--we use orange juice, walnuts, and roll in regular sugar. Love them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2010
This was a great recipe and I had a number of people ask me for the recipe and we're impressed with how simple they are to make. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2011
So I am a skeptic especially where AR is concerned- I read tons of reviews before trying a recipe. Made these 10 days ago wondered if they would be as good as the reviews. Tasted the first one today and these are simpy amazing! I wish I'd made 3 x as much! I used Fiori di Sicilia from KAF- about 1/4 tsp. and 1 tsp vanilla. These things are simply amazing! Found some pretty gold metallic fancy sugar to roll in and they look like chocolate dusted with gold. Making more for New Year's TODAY!!! Don't wait to try these- they will be a new family favorite! Edit: After giving these on my Christmas cookie plates the consensus is that it's better to roll them in plain cocoa than any sugar- cocoa deepens the flavor and the texture is better. Still love these just with cocoa not sprinkles or sugar! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2012
I made these a few times for different holiday parties they went fast!! I've learned to make double batches!! Had to hide them from the kids even though they helped make them! I also used pecans they're our favorites Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/14/2010
Not a knock-out. Probably won't make again. Expected them to be tastier! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2012
This was my favorite as a child. My mother who as a young bride in the 1950's found it in a newspaper! She would make Pomanders every year just for me.:-) One variation from above is that she would crush the vanilla wafers until very fine. (She used a blender and crushed the cookies in small batches.) The same was done with pecans. Today I crush the ingredients as fine as I can with a food processor. One final note we rolled them in red or green colored sugar (red made them pomanders and the green for Christmas!) They were stored in one tin for each color. I now make them for grandnephews and nieces. They don't expect smooth creamy "rum balls" but rather those wonderful "textured" orange chocolate things! They know they are POMANDERS! Enjoy the tradition. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/28/2010
Eh I was not impressed. Flavors didn't appreciably improve after aging for nearly 2 weeks. Pretty much a waste of ingredients. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2014
Oh these are our family's favorite Christmas treat! My mother also found this recipe in the newspaper I actually have the original cutout too. We made them yearly without fail and now my children must have them yearly as well. I crush the vanilla wafers & nuts in the food processor now but we used to crush them with a rolling pin! I have quadrupled the recipe I have so use 24 oz of Choc Chips and make a large batch. We also roll in red and green sugar and alternate them in the tin - looks very festive. I try to make them the week after Thanksgiving then they are all ready for Christmas. I was happy to see this posted here! Read More
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