Bourbon Balls Bite Size Dessert Recipe

Thisbourbon balls dessert recipeis a Southern staple. These easy no-bakemini desserts也使很棒的聚会礼品和女主人礼物。Add them to a Kentucky Derby party, Mardi Gras party, or holiday party.

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Bourbon Balls are the Mini Desserts of the South

If you’re a Southerner or just like to drink like one, then this bourbon balls recipe is for you! We Southerners love our bourbon and when it comes in sweet dessert form it is a win-win situation.

Bourbon balls are great for holidays and seasonal parties, and make terrific party favors when packaged in small gift boxes or bags. They are easier to make than truffles, and you can add them to your dessert table in addition to other offerings.

They are the perfect small bite of sweetness.

Add Bourbon Ball to these parties:

HOSTESS TIP:Package a mound of bourbon balls in small bags or boxes to give as hostess gifts or party favors.

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How do I store bourbon balls?

Store these bourbon balls in the refrigerator for the first day or two to keep them firm.

  • Seal these in an air tight container or zip bag and refrigerate for at least 24 hours. Once they are set you should store them in a sealed container in a cool dark place like a pantry, for up to a month. If you keep them refrigerated they begin to dry out.
  • Give the dessert balls a second coat of sugar or cocoa once they’ve set up. After sitting overnight in the refrigerator the original coating can absorb into the ball. The second coating keeps them looking pretty and also helps prevent the evaporation of the alcohol.
  • When these are first made you can definitely detect the alcohol and your tongue will tingle. After a day or two they mellow out and become smooth. They are traditionally meant to set for a week before consuming, but good luck waiting that long!

HOSTESS TIP:Experiment with different flavors like Maple bourbon or Honey bourbon.

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Bourbon Balls Bite Size Dessert Recipe

Yield: 33 dessert balls

This Bourbon Balls Recipe makes delicious bite-size desserts for holiday entertaining or gift giving. They're great all year round as a sweet treat or adult party favor. Make them for Kentucky Derby or Mardi Gras parties too.


  • 1 cup Vanilla Wafers cookies crumbs {pulse about 30 wafers in a food processor to get them crushed}
  • 1 cup pecans, toasted and crushed (pulse them with the cookies)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup good quality bourbon
  • 1 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup each, cocoa powder and powdered sugar for coating.


  1. In a bowl, combine cookie crumbs, pecans, sugar, and cocoa. Add bourbon and corn syrup and mix well until moistened.
  2. Use a mini scoop for the perfect size and roll into bite size balls, about 1-inch diameter. Roll into cocoa powder or powdered sugar for coating and place on wax paper to set. Repeat with remaining mixture.
  3. Store in air tight container in the refrigerator for 2 or 3 days for best flavor.
  4. 一旦这些设置为couple of days in the refrigerator, you can store them at room temperature for 4-5 days longer.


You can nibble on these for about a month when you store them in a cool dark place. After that they begin to dry out.

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