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Kentucky Bourbon Balls

Katerina | Diethood
Smooth, delicious, and authentic Kentucky bourbon ball candy. Perfect for a Christmas cookie tray!
Servings : 36 Cookies
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 40 mins
Total Time 3 hrs


  • 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
  • Bourbon balls are best stored in the fridge. Place them in an airtight container after you have added the powdered sugar coating. They will keep for up to 2 weeks.
  • You can also freeze these in a freezer-safe airtight container for up to 3 months. When ready to eat one simple defrost in the fridge overnight, or go the single-serving route and just take one out!


Calories: 65 kcal | Carbohydrates: 9 g | Protein: 0 g | Fat: 2 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 12 mg | Potassium: 18 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 8 g | Vitamin A: 0 IU | Vitamin C: 0 mg | Calcium: 2 mg | Iron: 0.1 mg | Net Carbs: 9 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bourbon candy, christmas candy recipe, christmas cookies