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Bourbon Balls

Oxmoor House
Prep time 28 mins
Yield Makes 4 dozen
In the early days of the South, the unique corn whiskey made in Kentucky was often referred to as Bourbon, the name of the county in which it was distilled. Today, it means the "good stuff" – or whiskey aged in charred oak barrels for at least two years. Hardly a Christmas can pass in the South without these traditional ball-shaped, bourbon-flavored pecan cookies ending up on a dessert bar or in a gift box.


  • 1 (12-oz.) package vanilla wafers, finely crushed
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • Powdered sugar

How to Make It

  1. Combine vanilla wafers, pecans, powdered sugar, and cocoa in a large bowl; stir well.

  2. Combine corn syrup and bourbon, stirring well. Pour bourbon mixture over wafer mixture; stir until blended. Shape into 1-inch balls; roll in additional powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.

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