This easy Bourbon Balls recipe falls into that hybrid space between a cookie and a candy. And hybrids are “in” right now… so that makes this an ideal dessert.
Well, that, and it uses enough Bourbon to light up the kitchen…. In fact my son tells me “you should call these Jim Beam Beans!” (Now don’t start to panic… the bourbon spreads out over 3 dozen of these tasty little morsels, and unless you eat all of them in one sitting, you’ll be fine) (so… I guess I should put the disclaimer in here… don’t eat them all in one sitting).
Made with Nilla Wafers (sort of a plain, sweet vanilla cookie), ground pecans, chocolate and Bourbon… then rolled in powdered sugar… these little treats are a party and holiday favorite.
Not a cookie, not a candy, these no bake treats fall into a wonderful zone of Yumminess. They are easy enough for the kids to make… (but I do believe someone might call social services if you let the kids play with alcohol)…. and delicious enough for a fancy party.
If you live in a place where Vanilla Wafers don’t exist, substitute Plain Shortbread. Should work fine. And yes, I suppose you substitute Pecans for Walnuts… but that’s all the substitutions you can make. If you throw in something other than Bourbon, you’ll have to call these “something other than Bourbon Balls”. And that’s a mouthful.
We love serving these at Christmas, but they also make a fabulous Mardi Gras Treat!
Ready… get out your food processor (did I forget to mention you need to grind stuff up?) And here we go….
(as usual, I’ve included photos for you to follow along at home)
Easy Bourbon Balls Recipe
If Your Bourbon Balls Start to Look Spotty…
Bourbon Balls like to absorb their powdered sugar coating…. and then sometimes fingers touching the balls make spots.
Just roll them in Powdered Sugar again, they’ll be good as new (and a bit sweeter)
Step By Step Instructions with Photos
Use the blade attachment in your food processor to process the Nilla Wafers, Pecans and Powdered Sugar Together… try to get it to look like fine sand.
Melt the Chocolate and Corn Syrup Together…Stir them until combined… the mixture will be stiff.
Add the Bourbon… Stir until All Melted Together
Do your best… chocolate and liquid don’t like to mix… work it a bit
Pour the Wet on the Dry…Stir it up
The Bourbon Ball “Dough” Will Look Like This
Cover and Stick and the Fridge
Set Up Your Rolling Station
Dough, Powdered Sugar, and a place to land the Balls
Get a Teaspoon Full of the Bourbon “dough”
Roll it Between Your Hands… Make a neat ball… about 1 inch in diameter
Dip into Powdered Sugar
Roll it around to coat completely
Store Bourbon Balls in an Airtight Container
Put Wax Paper between the Layers