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Bourbon Balls

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Boozy little cookies, perfect to have on hand for Christmas holiday entertaining.

Ingredients

  • 1-½ cup Vanilla Wafers, Coarsely Crumbled
  • 1-⅓ cup Pecans, Chopped
  • ⅓ cups Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1-¼ cup Confectioners Sugar, Divided
  • 1-½ Tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2-½ Tablespoons Dark Corn Syrup
  • ⅓ cups Makers Mark Bourbon

Preparation

In a food processor, process the crumbled wafers, pecans and chocolate chips until ground to a powder. Add 3/4 cup of the confectioner’s sugar and the cocoa powder. Process until evenly incorporated.

With the motor running, add the corn syrup and bourbon through the feed tube. Process until just well blended.

Let mixture stand for 5 to 10 minutes to firm up slightly.

With kitchen gloves on or lightly greased hands, shape mixture into 1″ balls and place on waxed paper.

Spread the remaining 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar in a shallow bowl. Roll balls in sugar until evenly coated and place back on waxed paper. The balls may need a second roll in confectioner’s sugar as the sugar gets soaked up.

Let the balls air dry a little, then place in an airtight container to mellow (or get drunk, if you will).

This recipe usually makes around 3-1/2 dozen balls and will keep in the refrigerator for two weeks and in the freezer for a month. They can be served on a platter with other Christmas goodies or given as gifts. I like to put them in individual paper confection cups.

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susannah78 on 12.10.2009

Love this recipe! I have never made bourbon balls before but they were super easy (and a tad messy, which was fun!). I almost added more alcohol than what was called for but glad I decided against that, these are strong! Thank you for sharing!

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catrina on 12.9.2009

This recipe was the first one my Mom always made at Christmas! The kids weren’t supposed to eat them, though we did sneak one occasionally. I was thrilled when she deemed me old enough to have my first ‘legal’ bourbon ball! She passed away 7 months ago, but I think I’ll be making these this year in her memory. Thanks for the memories, pinkychris!

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pinkychris on 12.7.2009

I’ve never had bourbon balls and was wondering,is the alchohol taste strong? I am looking for things to make for my cookie tray at christmas

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