Friday, July 17, 2009

Bourbon Balls

My mother used to make these candies a month or so ahead of time for Christmas parties. They would be stored in the fridge in covered tins to ripen. As a child I thought these were chocolate, and snitched one. What a surprise when I encountered the very adult flavors!

I found this version at Southern Food.


  • 1 cup finely crushed vanilla wafers
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 cup of confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup


Combine vanilla wafer crumbs, chopped pecans, and 1 cup of the confectioners' sugar. In a measuring cup, blend the Bourbon and corn syrup; stir into the dry mixture. When thoroughly blended, cover and refrigerate for an hour or more. Sift about 1/2 cup of confectioners' sugar onto a large piece of waxed paper. Shape small amounts of the dough into balls then roll in powdered sugar. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator. These can be frozen. Makes about 3 dozen.

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