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Bourbon Balls – Smooth, delicious, and authentic Kentucky bourbon ball candy. Perfect for a Christmas Tray!

bourbon balls

I am not sure what it is, but there’s something intriguing about booze in sweets. As soon as I mention that the cake or the cookies contain alcohol, people just go at them. I think it’s just curiosity – does it taste like cognac or does it taste like a cookie. For the most part it tastes like a cookie, or a cake.

But, that’s not the case with these Bourbon Balls. I can truly say that once you bite into one of these, you will feel as if though you took a shot of bourbon instead of a bite of a cookie…unless you do what you are supposed to – wait one day before eating them!

bourbon balls

Bourbon Balls - Smooth, delicious, and authentic Kentucky bourbon ball candy. Perfect for a Christmas Tray!

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WW Freestyle: 3
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 40 mins
Total Time3 hrs
Bourbon Balls - Smooth, delicious, and authentic Kentucky bourbon ball candy. Perfect for a Christmas Tray!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36 Cookies
Calories: 65
Author: Katerina | Diethood


  • 1 cup fine vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 1 cup pecans , finely chopped
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  • In a deep bowl combine crushed vanilla wafer crumbs, chopped pecans, powdered sugar, and the cocoa.
  • In a separate bowl, blend the bourbon and corn syrup.
  • Pour the bourbon mixture into the dry mixture; blend well.
  • Cover and chill for 3 hours.
  • Shape small bits of the dough into balls and roll them in the powdered sugar. Store in refrigerator over night in tightly covered containers.
  • For better flavor, make these 3 days in advance.


WW Freestyle SmartPoints: 3
Nutrition Facts
Bourbon Balls - Smooth, delicious, and authentic Kentucky bourbon ball candy. Perfect for a Christmas Tray!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 65 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 12mg1%
Potassium 18mg1%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 0IU0%
Vitamin C 0mg0%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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33 Responses
  1. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    So, my question is, how many did you eat before you decided that they tasted more like booze than cookie? Next time you need to invite me over so we can sample them together. They look fantastic and I bet are excellent with coffee.

  2. Elle @ nutritionella

    These look amazing! Is it too late to make bourbon balls post Kentucky derby? I was in London over the weekend and totally missed out on it this year!

  3. Nami @ Just One Cookbook

    Hi Kate – these bourbon balls look delicious! They won’t last too long at a party for sure. Have a great weekend!

  4. briarrose

    Ehehehe….who can manage to wait to try one out? 😉 Liquor in desserts is just fun…maybe a slight touch of the forbidden.

  5. 5 Star Foodie

    Oh, the addition of alcohol to desserts, and especially bourbon, is my favorite things to do – awesome, these bourbon balls sound totally scrumptiuos.

  6. Liz

    Such beautiful cookies, Kate…I’d have to hide them in the freezer so I wouldn’t eat them all…they sound delicious!!! xo

  7. Mina @ Angellove's Cooking

    I gues we would love these Bourbon balls at home, Kate!! Once we have succeeded to wait about 14 day for my home made valentine day’s sweets 😉 waiting just one day for these would not be a problem at all :)))

  8. something_good

    Bourbon balls sounds like fun and go well for a party with many guests when I hate to wash all those glasses :))

  9. Peggy

    These are just in time for the Kentucky Derby! We’ll be having plenty of these (and some actual bourbon) this weekend at the Downs!

  10. kankana

    u bet! I saw your status in twitter and I go what ?? Bourbon Balls .. i can’t miss that 😛 booze sure does magic to people like us … 😉

  11. Lauren

    (drool) (drool) (drool)…did i mention drool? (that doesn’t make me sound like an alcoholic does it) 🙂 These sounds to die for. Like everyone else I’m not sure if i can wait an entire day.

  12. Sandra

    Wait a whole day, seriously? I don’t know if I could hold out that long Kate. Well maybe if I tried one (or two) liquor laced ones and then waited another day for the rest. Yeah, I think that would work.

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Katerina of Diethood
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I'm Katerina, a cookie-maker & picture-taker! For me, eating is a moment to share, an enjoyment, a passion. I hope you enjoy my recipes!

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