Opal Jackson-Cakmak Recipe

Bourbon Balls

By Opal Jackson-Cakmak sweetiecoconut

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Opal's Story

This easy recipe is a Southern favorite, made with bourbon, vanilla wafer crumbs, and cocoa, along with pecans and confectioners' sugar.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Yum! These were a unanimous hit among the Kitchen Crew... even with those who wouldn't normally opt for Bourbon. I do suggest that you lessen the amount of alcohol a bit if you're not used to the flavor, as it does come through the chocolate quite prominently.


1 c
fine vanilla wafer crumbs
1 c
finely chopped pecans
1 c
confectioners sugar
2 Tbsp
unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 c
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoon light corn syrup
confectioners sugar sifted

Directions Step-By-Step

Thoroughly combine 1 crushed vanilla wafer crumbs, chopped pecans, 1 cup confectioners' sugar, and the cocoa. In a separate bowl, blend the bourbon and corn syrup. Stir this bourbon mixture into the dry mixture; blend well. Cover and chill for at least a few hours. Sift about 1/2 to 1 cup of confectioners' sugar on a cookie sheet. Shape small bits of the dough into balls and roll them in the confectioners'. Store in refrigerator in tightly covered containers. Make these a few days in advance for best flavor, and roll in confectioners' sugar again before serving, if desired. These can also be frozen for longer storage.
Makes about 3 dozen bourbon balls.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies, Candies, Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American

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Peggy Soden Peg252
Dec 29, 2012
You can also omit the cocoa and substitute RUM for the bourbon.
Lora DiGs ansky714
Dec 26, 2012
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
Lora DiGs ansky714
Dec 26, 2012
very good.....N EASY :)
Rhanda Ridlon Rhandi
Dec 23, 2012
This is one of my favorite recipes. I have been making these holiday treats for years. I like to use Rum, instead of Bourbon, for a change in taste.
Tom Sacerich TJS1
Dec 22, 2012
My family was eating them as quick as I was making them. They are really good and easy at make.