Five Days of Cookies — Day 5, Bold and Beautiful Bourbon Balls

 A Christmas tradition

It just wouldn’t be a merry Christmas in the South without these potent little no-bake morsels of comfort and joy. The cool thing about these bourbon balls is that once you have made the basic recipe, you can really make them festive and roll them in powdered sugar, cocoa, finely chopped nuts, coconut flakes, etc. or dip them in melted chocolate. I opted for the powdered sugar for this batch.

Jim Beam Honey BourbonAt the liquor store, I came across some Jim Beam® honey bourbon and decided to give it a try. The folks at Jim Beam describe this as “Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey infused with real honey and liqueur” and I thought it would be a sweet addition to the bourbon balls. And I was right! The honey adds a subtle sweetness to the balls.

Ingredients (Makes about 3 dozen bourbon balls)

Kel's bourbon balls ingredients

  • 1 box (11 oz.) vanilla wafers
  • 1 cup of pecans, finely chopped in food processor
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon of Jim Beam® honey bourbon
  • Powdered sugar to coat balls


Place vanilla wafers in food processor.

Place wafers in food processor

Chop them into a fine powder.

Finely chopped wafers

Place vanilla wafers, pecans, sugar and cocoa in a large bowl and mix well.

Dry ingredients ready to be mixed

Since there were a few lumps in the sugar and cocoa, I sifted the mixture, which gave the balls a finer texture.

Sift the dry ingredients

Add the corn syrup and honey bourbon to the bowl and blend together to form a ball of dough.

Stir until dough forms

Shape pieces into 1 inch balls.

Naked bourbon balls

Roll into powdered sugar or topping of your choice.

Powdered balls

Store in an airtight container. The bourbon tends to mellow some over time, so you may want to wait a couple of days before you serve these or give them as gifts.

Bourbon Balls

So that wraps up my Five Days of Cookies. I’m not sure which ones were my favorite — the chocolate oatmeal lace cookies, lemon icebox cookies, Toll House sammies, butterscotch blondies or these bourbon balls. I suggest you make all of them so you and Santa have a variety of delicious choices!

Five days of cookies

Bon appétit!

Eat, drink and be merry!

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