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Bourbon Balls

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!
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs 40 mins
Total Time
3 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 kcal
Author: Katerina | Diethood
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. In a deep bowl combine crushed vanilla wafer crumbs, chopped pecans, powdered sugar, and the cocoa.
  2. In a separate bowl, blend the bourbon and corn syrup.
  3. Pour the bourbon mixture into the dry mixture; blend well.
  4. Cover and chill for 3 hours.
  5. Shape small bits of the dough into balls and roll them in the powdered sugar. Store in refrigerator over night in tightly covered containers.
  6. For better flavor, make these 3 days in advance.
Recipe Notes

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*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 12mg 1%
Potassium 18mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 8g
Protein 0g 0%
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0.2%
Iron 0.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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 … 😉

  4. (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.

  5. 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
I'm 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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