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These Tasty Kentucky Bourbon Balls Pack a Serious Punch

The holiday season is looming just around the corner. And that means potlucks, office parties and holiday soirees. In turn, it also means it's time to start making holiday food. Instead of slaving away over the oven, let's just skip right to the bourbon.

The classic Kentucky bourbon ball doesn't involve stellar baking skills or hours in the kitchen. This recipe also combines the power of cocoa and bourbon so you know people are going to go gaga over a platter of these at a buffet.

One reviewer on said, "I have made the rum balls in the past...these are better." Even more encouraging, you only need seven ingredients, most of which should be lurking in your pantry.


  • 1 12-oz package vanilla wafers
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar, plus another 1/2 cup for rolling the bourbon balls
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup bourbon (or a little more if you're adventurous)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup


The actual process of making these little bites of heaven couldn't be simpler. Mix together the first four ingredients in a large bowl. Then, stir together the corn syrup and bourbon in a separate bowl until blended.

Combine the two mixtures together and then roll into 1-inch balls.

Roll the shaped balls in the extra powdered sugar to coat and let chill in the fridge.

These beauties will last in the fridge for about two weeks. However, it's a stretch to imagine these guys sitting around that long.

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These Tasty Kentucky Bourbon Balls Pack a Serious Punch