Bourbon Balls

Bourbon Balls

Can you possibly believe that Christmas is a week away? I hope you will have some special times to celebrate with friends and family and also to treat yourself to a bit of “comfort and joy.” I’m doing that right now – watching a Christmas movie and nibbling a Bourbon Ball, my favorite holiday treat.

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Bourbon Balls are just delicious and obviously we could make them all year long but somehow at Christmas it just feels exactly perfect. Everyone probably has a favorite recipe, but this is the one I grew up with and it’s very traditional and best of all very easy. Being a Tennessee girl, I like  Jack Daniels  which we know cannot really be called bourbon. But try telling my guys that and it won’t win you any prizes. I also prefer not to roll any Bourbon Balls in powdered sugar. I live in a house of men, and they manage to get it everywhere, mostly on purpose. Finally, a food processor makes this recipe take seconds compared to the old fashioned method of beat the tar out of vanilla wafers with a rolling pin. So, you go ahead and make a batch, put on a good movie, and enjoy! Happiest of Holidays!

Bourbon Balls

  • Ingredients

1 box Vanilla Wafers (they used to be 12 oz. now 11 oz. – sigh)

1 cup toasted pecans (more for rolling)

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2 Tbsp cocoa powder

1 cup powdered sugar

2 Tbsp light corn syrup

¼ tsp salt

½ cup your choice bourbon (or Jack)

  • Directions

Grind vanilla wafers in a food processor until they fine crumbs and add to a large bowl.

Toast pecans for a minute or 2 in a microwave or 10 minutes in a hot oven.

Add pecans to the food processor and pulse until they are finely chopped.

Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.

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Roll into small golf ball size rounds and roll in chopped pecans.

Makes 20

*I like to refrigerate Bourbon Balls about an hour before serving to allow all the flavors to come together.

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