Bourbon Balls are a Classic American Holiday Candy

December 8, 2012

Bourbon balls are a classic American holiday candy.  Vanilla wafers are combined with pecans, powdered sugar and cocoa powder.  Corn syrup and authentic Kentucky bourbon and then the mixture is chilled for a couple of hours.  Traditionally,  bourbon balls are rolled in powdered sugar but you can also cover them in granulated sugar, chopped nuts, cocoa powder, or even shredded coconut.  Bourbon balls make a great homemade gift.


Kentucky Bourbon Balls


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 teaspoon tablespoons plus 1 ½ 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.

You can also make these a few days in advance for best flavor.

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