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Kentucky Chocolate Bourbon Balls

Posted in: Baking, Cookies, Sweets, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years,


We all love to make homemade cookies for the holidays, but we don’t all have unlimited time for baking. Try these no bake Bourbon Balls as part of your Christmas cookie collection or as a homemade food gift. These prove that festive cookie creating doesn’t have to be difficult to be delicious. Culled from Mystery Chef’s family archives, these no bake cookies contain alcohol.  Since the alcohol does not cook off in this recipe, be sure to let everyone know.

You also don’t have to be from Kentucky to enjoy these bourbon balls, but lovers of good bourbon will enjoy these treats even more.  Some have said that it’s especially important to buy high quality bourbon (Maker’s Mark is a good one), since sipping away while making these cookies is half the fun.

These easy to make cookies have a lovely, chewy consistency with a bourbon and vanilla flavor.  Maker’s Mark bourbon, in particular, has a particular sweet flavor that enhances this recipe.

Not to be confused with the notorious fruitcake, but like the fruitcake these bourbon bites also have another special feature - they keep for quite a while in an air-tight container, such as a cookie tin.  This makes them ideal for shipping.  If you have a relative far away or overseas, or know anyone who would appreciate a bite of cheer, this recipe is for you.


Kentucky Chocolate Bourbon Balls

Ingredients for Bourbon Balls:

1 cup vanilla wafers

1 cup chopped pecan nuts

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1½ tablespoons corn syrup

¼ cup bourbon (Maker’s Mark)

Ingredients for Coating Choices:

Coconut Coating: ½ cup coconut flakes 

Sugar Coating: ½ cup powdered sugar

Cocoa Coating: ¼ cup cocoa powder and ¼ cup powdered sugar 


  1. Mix the coating(s) of your choice per ingredients listed above and set aside.
  2. Crush the vanilla wafers in a large bowl. Add the pecan nuts, powdered sugar and cocoa powder and mix together.
  3. Add in the corn syrup and stir. Add bourbon and stir. (If substance is too sticky, add more vanilla wafers. If too dry, add more corn syrup and bourbon.)
  4. Roll into balls just smaller than a golf ball. Don’t worry about them not being perfect. Coat with the prepared coating of your choice. Enjoy immediately or once they are dry and non-sticky, about 20 minutes.

Recipe courtesy of cook123.com.

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