25 balls

This Bourbon Balls recipe combines nutty pecans, sweet chocolate, and Kentucky's own whiskey to create this traditional Southern holiday favorite.

How to Make It

Step 1

Stir together first 3 ingredients until blended. Cover and chill 8 hours.

Step 2

Shape mixture into 1-inch balls. Gently press pecan halves into 2 sides of each ball. Chill 8 hours.

Step 3

Melt chocolate and shortening in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat. Dip bourbon balls in chocolate, and place on wax paper.

Step 4

Chill 1 hour or until hardened.

Step 5

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select Bourbon.

Ratings & Reviews

HeatherLangreck's Review

January 01, 2012

amd1708's Review

February 07, 2013
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.

Derbymom's Review

December 12, 2011
To give them more bourbon flavor, soak the pecans overnight. Also I usually use 1/2 c bourbon to 1 cup of pecans. I agree with Lucy519 on adding the paraffin instead of the shortening, however I have never used shortening...

lucy519's Review

November 28, 2010
I made this recipe last Christmas and planning on making it again this year. They taste amazing and were really appreciated by those who received them! They were quite difficult for me to roll into balls even though I chilled well. But well worth trying again. I used Guiardelli semisweet chips with a few parafin flakes rather than butter. I also left the pecan half off until after dipping and then topped them with 1 pecan half.

makingit's Review

December 23, 2013