Classic Kentucky bourbon balls are delectable little confections made with vanilla wafer crumbs, bourbon, and cocoa along with chopped pecans.
This recipe belonged to my mother-in-law who was born and raised in Kentucky. I’m a Northern girl and not familiar with many Southern recipes. This particular recipe is a great introduction to a Southern confection. If you’ve never dabbled with any type of Southern cooking this is a good place to start. I don’t see any reason why you can’t start with the sweet things! Around the holidays these treats are popular and because they are no-bake they are very easy to prepare. It takes approximately a half-hour to make these.
- 1 cup finely crushed vanilla wafers (30-36)
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 2 Tablespoons cocoa
- 4 Tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup bourbon
- granulated sugar for coating
- Place vanilla wafers in blender and grind until finely crushed
- Pour finely crushed vanilla wafers into a large mixing bowl
- Place chopped pecans in blender and grind until large pieces are gone
- Pour chopped pecans into large bowl with crushed vanilla wafers
- Add confectioners’ sugar and cocoa to mixture
- Add corn syrup and bourbon and combine everything together
- Mix well
- With wet hands shape into 1 inch balls
- Roll in granulated sugar
Store bourbon balls in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
- Makes approximately 3 dozen