Bourbon Balls

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Sweet, rich, creamy, and loaded with bourbon flavor, these Bourbon Balls make the perfect addition to your holiday cookie tray.

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Bourbon Balls:

My love of bourbon has taken on a new form: Bourbon Balls!

I probably sound like a broken record these days as I continually profess my love of bourbon but I just can’t help myself. I once hated it; now I want it in every cocktail and baked good.

As I mentioned above, I’m sharing my classic Bourbon Balls with you. Apparently, these are a southern favorite, but they are relatively new to me.

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Bourbon Balls are a no-bake candy made up of crushed vanilla wafers, pecans, bourbon, butter, and sugar. That alone tells you they are going to be delicious. And by delicious I mean ridiculously addicting and I want to eat all of them.

When I first learned that these Bourbon Balls were made with vanilla wafers, I was really confused because I would have never guessed it. The interior texture is really smooth and creamy, kind of like a chocolate truffle, but with bourbon. I used a food processor to get my vanilla wafers to a really fine crumb.

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In the weeks leading up to Christmas, I’m trying to be a bit more conscious of my diet, so I’ve been avoiding sugar and my beloved bourbon. The moment I finished photographing these Bourbon Balls, I wrapped them up and put them in the freezer where they will remain until Christmas! I assume they should freeze just fine; I’ll report back.

And speaking of holiday cookie baking, I have a collection of 22+ amazing Christmas cookie recipes including my all-time favorite: cream wafer cookies. You can find all of those delicious Christmas cookie recipes HERE.

Want more festive holiday treats? Try these:

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I highly recommend giving these Bourbon Balls a try especially if you are a fan of bourbon. Now if you’re looking for a delicious bourbon (and this isn’t sponsored in any way), I would suggest Four Roses Single Barrel. It’s my favorite and it works well in this recipe.

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Kitchen Tools I Recommend for This Recipe:

Whether you’re wondering what equipment you’ll need for this recipe, curious about my favorite utensils, or if you’re just looking to stock your own kitchen, these are the kitchen tools I recommend for this recipe:

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How to Make Bourbon Balls:

In a large bowl, stir together crushed vanilla wafers, butter, bourbon, corn syrup, vanilla extract, confectioners’ sugar, chopped pecans, and salt. I’ve provided a full list of the ingredients and detailed recipe instructions in a printable recipe card below.

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Cover and chill until firm: about 30 minutes.

Place all of the toppings into three separate bowls.

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Remove the bourbon ball mixture from the refrigerator and shape it into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in the prepared toppings. (You should get about 11 balls of each topping.)

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Pack and store the bourbon balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

And that’s it. As you can see, they are so simple to make. I always like to include a few no-bake treats on my holiday cookie tray and these are a must-have for me.

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I hope you’ll give these Bourbon Balls a try, but remember my warning: It’s hard to stop at having just one!
Nevertheless, ENJOY!

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Bourbon Balls Recipe:

Bourbon Balls

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bourbon, bourbon balls, christmas, cookies, holiday
Servings: 33 balls
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Sweet, rich, creamy, and loaded with bourbon flavor, these Bourbon Balls make the perfect addition to your holiday cookie tray.

Ingredients

Toppings:

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, stir together the crushed vanilla wafers, butter, bourbon, corn syrup, vanilla extract, 2 cup confectioners' sugar, 1/2 cup chopped pecans, and salt.
  • Cover and chill until firm: about 30 minutes.
  • Place each of the toppings into a separate bowl.
  • Remove the bourbon ball mixture from the refrigerator and shape it into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in the prepared toppings. (You should get about 11 balls of each topping.)
  • Pack and store the bourbon balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

I used a food processor to get my vanilla wafers and pecans to a really fine crumb.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 104kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 39mgPotassium: 25mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 87IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
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  • lisa at

    any ideas how to make these nut free????

  • Donna Nance at

    Pinned it! My niece makes fabulous bourbon balls but I will try this recipe, which I’m sure is fabulous.

  • Ann at

    You had me at bourbon! 🤎

  • Chelsa at

    Looks delicious! What are the prepared toppings? Looks like cocoa, powdered sugar… and what is the other? Thank you!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hi there! All of the toppings are listed in the printable recipe card at the end of the post. The third is chopped pecans.

      xo Michael

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