Bourbon Balls

kentucky bourbon balls 1 aThese smell like the inside of a distillery.   Seriously, they smell SUPER strong…and yet you’re only using 4 tablespoons of liquor for the whole batch.   But believe me, it’s enough.   These are strong, but not too strong – you’ll get sick from the sugar waaaay before you get drunk.   And frankly, if you can get drunk off of 4 tablespoons of bourbon on a full stomach I’m thinking you should probably be staying away from these anyway.

One thing to note – this is one of those recipes that takes a couple days to make so plan ahead!

  • Difficulty: easy but time-consuming
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    • 1 stick butter, softened to room temperature
    • 1 box powdered sugar
    • 1 cup chopped pecans
    • 4 T Bourbon (or any whiskey really – if you have something in particular you like, have at it)
    • 4 oz. semisweet chocolate*
    • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate*
  • Basically, you need about 8 oz of chocolate, maybe a little more.   The chocolate isn’t baked so you can really use whatever type you like – a whole bag of semisweet chocolate chips does the job and it may be a little easier.



Use a hand mixer to mix the butter and sugar, for about 3 minutes – you’re going for fluffy here.   Next, add in the chopped pecans and mix with a spatula or wooden spoon.

Add the Bourbon and shape into balls.   Put the balls on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.   You MAY find that the mixture gets a too sticky to make balls.   You can lick some of the mixture off your hands, but you should put the bowl in the fridge for about a half hour or so, so that it hardens enough for you to work with.  If you don’t move fast enough, your hands will look like this:


If that happens, just put the bowl back into the fridge to chill a bit.   And for Pete’s sake, clean your hands.

When you’ve filled the baking sheet, cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.


Melt your chocolate

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and dip the bourbon balls one by one into the chocolate.   You’ll need to do this quickly because as the balls get closer to room temperature they’re harder to work with.   What I do is only take some of the balls out of the fridge at a time, finish them, then take more out of the fridge.

After you’ve covered them in chocolate, put them on a baking sheet lines with wax paper and chill them in the fridge until they’re hard, usually around 4 hours or so.

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