Kentucky Bourbon Balls are a Classic Derby Dessert

May 4, 2012
Kentucky Bourbon balls are a classic derby dessert.  Whether you live in Kentucky or not, more then likely you will still be watching Sunday's race.  There is no cooking or baking involved in this recipe.  Cocoa powder, vanilla wafers, and of course Bourbon are blended together and chilled before being shaped into balls.  Each morsel is then rolled into powder sugar or granulated sugar (depending on what you like).  If you are throwing a Derby party or just want something sweet, these Kentucky Bourbon balls are a must-make treat.
1 cup fine vanilla wafer crumbs
1 cup pecans, finely chopped
1/4 cup bourbon
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.
You can also make these a few days in advance for best flavor.

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RNChichester's picture

There is a typo in the recipe above. It says, "1 teaspoon tablespoons plus 1 1/2 corn syrup." Can we get a correction on that?