Glenna's Bourbon Balls

Glenna's Bourbon Balls

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Hope Wasylenki


This was given to me by a lady from my Eastern Star Chapter. Glenna Chapell is gone now, but her bourbon balls live on.

I get rave reviews any time I make them for parties or gifts.



★★★★★ 2 votes

Makes about 72 balls
1 Hr 30 Min
No-Cook or Other


  • 1 1/2 c
    pecans, finely chopped
  • 2/3 c
    kentucky bourbon (use a good quality one)
  • 2 stick
    butter (please don't sub with margarine)
  • 2 lb
    confectioner's or powdered sugar
  • 4 c
    semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4
    block, parafin wax, shaved

How to Make Glenna's Bourbon Balls


  1. Place the nuts in an air-tight container. Pour the bourbon over the nuts. Seal and allow to soak overnight (or a couple of days). The next day, have butter at room temperature.
  2. Using a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Fold in the soaked pecans and bourbon using a low speed on your mixer.
  3. Form into 1/2" balls and refrigerate overnight. (They can also be frozen at this stage).
  4. Melt the chocolate and parafin in the top of a double boiler over just-barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching. The chocolate can also be melted in the microwave, but not the wax -- it requires the double boiler.
  5. Line a tray with waxed paper. Dip the balls into the melted chocolate to coat; arrange on the prepared tray.
  6. Store in refrigerator until serving. Put them into paper boxes lined in wax paper to give as gifts. If you make these ahead (two to three weeks), you can keep them in the freezer, too. Just thaw in the refrigerator a couple of days before you gift or serve.

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About Glenna's Bourbon Balls

Course/Dish: Candies Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: Southern

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