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Bourbon Balls

These Kentucky Bourbon Balls are Southern bite-sized treats full of smoky bourbon, pecans, warm spice, sweet vanilla wafers, and cocoa powder!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: south, Southern
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 92kcal


  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup vanilla wafer cookies
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar divided
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup bourbon see note below on how to make non-alcoholic
  • 2 tbsp light corn syrup


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the pecans on top of a baking sheet. Toast the nuts for 8-10 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  • Transfer the nuts to a heat-safe bowl and allow them to completely cool.
  • While you wait, use a blender or food processor to grind up the cookies. Once cool, chop up the pecans.
  • In a large bowl, combine the wafer cookies, pecans, 1 cup of powdered sugar, cocoa powder, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, and nutmeg. Mix thoroughly.
  • Add the bourbon and corn syrup. Mix until the dry and wet ingredients are fully combined.
  • Use a tablespoon measurement to form the balls, then roll them in the remaining ½ cup of powdered sugar.
  • Chill for 1 hour and serve!


NOTE: If you’d like to make this recipe non-alcoholic, replace the bourbon with orange or apple juice. Both options will make the balls a bit sweeter but they’ll be just as delicious! 


TO STORE/MAKE AHEAD: Store bourbon balls in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. If storing at room temperature, be sure to place them in a cool environment. 
TO FREEZE: Freeze leftovers in an airtight container or freezer-safe ziploc bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature and enjoy! 


Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg