Kentucky Bourbon Balls


  • 2.5 cups finely crushed vanilla wafers
  • 1.5 cups finely chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons Kentucky bourbon
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar for dusting

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  1. Mix the Base Ingredients:
    • In a large bowl, combine the finely crushed vanilla wafers and finely chopped pecans.
  2. Prepare the Bourbon Mixture:
    • In a separate bowl, mix together the Kentucky bourbon, 1 cup powdered sugar, and light corn syrup. Stir until well combined.
  3. Combine Mixtures:
    • Pour the bourbon mixture over the vanilla wafer and pecan mixture. Stir well until the mixture is evenly moistened and holds together when shaped.
  4. Shape the Balls:
    • Take small amounts of the mixture and roll into 1-inch balls. The mixture should be firm enough to hold its shape.
  5. Dust with Powdered Sugar:
    • Roll each bourbon ball in powdered sugar to coat evenly.
  6. Chill:
    • Place the bourbon balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate them until firm, usually about 2 hours.
  7. Serve:
    • Once chilled and firm, the Kentucky Bourbon Balls are ready to be served. They can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

These bourbon balls offer a perfect blend of sweetness and the rich, distinctive flavor of Kentucky bourbon, making them a favorite for holidays, celebrations, or as a special treat. Enjoy!

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