If you don't have shortening, you can use butter, or just omit it altogether. I don't like the idea of eating wax, which is what paraffin is. I made these for a Derby party and I'm making them again for a bourbon tasting. They were a big hit. I recommend even freezing the balls before dipping them in chocolate.
This Bourbon Balls recipe combines nutty pecans, sweet chocolate, and Kentucky's own whiskey to create this traditional Southern holiday favorite.
Yield: 25 balls
- 1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup bourbon
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 50 pecan halves (about 1 1/4 cups)
- 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate morsels
- 1 tablespoon shortening
- Stir together first 3 ingredients until blended. Cover and chill 8 hours.
- Shape mixture into 1-inch balls. Gently press pecan halves into 2 sides of each ball. Chill 8 hours.
- Melt chocolate and shortening in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat. Dip bourbon balls in chocolate, and place on wax paper.
- Chill 1 hour or until hardened.
- Note: For testing purposes only, we used Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select Bourbon.
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