Rating: 4.46 stars
61 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 40
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

A favorite recipe that my family has been making for years that we received from a friend of the family. These are great for New Years Eve.

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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine wafer crumbs, finely chopped pecans, 1 cup confectioners' sugar and cocoa.

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  • Blend the bourbon and the corn syrup together. Add the crumb mixture and mix well. Shape into 1 inch balls and roll in confectioners' sugar. Refrigerate.

Nutrition Facts

50 calories; protein 0.4g; carbohydrates 6.5g; fat 2.4g; sodium 11.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (63)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2006
I just made these today for a Christmas party this weekend. It was funny...when I was measuring the 1/4 shot of bourbon I thought, "what the heck, that doesn't seem like enough" and gave it a quick shot more. Do not try this at your home!! I used Jim Beam Black and they are strooooong! But whose complaining? I like them. But then again, I like the taste of Bourbon. These have turned out great and I will be making them often...using only the amount of bourbon called for, of course! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/31/2011
We've made bourbon balls for years - without the 1 C confectioners sugar - much easier to pat into balls and then roll in the confectioners sugar. We grind until fine 1 box of nilla wafers 1 cup finely ground pecans 3 T light Karo 1 1/2 T cocoa powder 1/2 cup bourbon. Never had a complaint! Read More
(27)
61 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 40
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2006
I just made these today for a Christmas party this weekend. It was funny...when I was measuring the 1/4 shot of bourbon I thought, "what the heck, that doesn't seem like enough" and gave it a quick shot more. Do not try this at your home!! I used Jim Beam Black and they are strooooong! But whose complaining? I like them. But then again, I like the taste of Bourbon. These have turned out great and I will be making them often...using only the amount of bourbon called for, of course! Read More
(122)
Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2010
I've been making these for years as gifts and my family can't get enough. I used graham cracker crumbs and often add more bourbon than called for. The confectioners sugar soaks in so dust them again just before serving. a melon ball scoop works well for me, just scoop into batter, then tap hard into a plastic bowl, finish rounding off with buttered hands. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2002
OH!! This has got to be the best recipe I have found for Bourbon Balls! It doesnt have a real strong Bourbon taste just enough. Thanks Pamela!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2003
This is a wonderful recipe! Even though I tripled the recipe I came out with 52 pieces instead of 154. I also will place them in a cool dark place and sprinkle with more bourbon once a week until Christmas! Be careful! I made these one year and a friend of mine got drunk eating too many! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2008
These are so good. If you have trouble rolling into balls just refrigerate for a little bit. These have been a real hit in Iraq and brought some joy to my husband and the soldiers he works with. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/31/2011
We've made bourbon balls for years - without the 1 C confectioners sugar - much easier to pat into balls and then roll in the confectioners sugar. We grind until fine 1 box of nilla wafers 1 cup finely ground pecans 3 T light Karo 1 1/2 T cocoa powder 1/2 cup bourbon. Never had a complaint! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2009
I made these tonight followed the recipe exactly except it didn't take quite all the liquid.Balled up nicely & they are now "aging" in the fridge. I'm sure they'll be a hit at tomorrow night's party. I used a spiced rum. Thanks for the recipe Pamela Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2006
These are always a hit in my Christmas gift baskets. I make them several days in advance and leave out for 24 hours. Then I refrigerate for a few days. I find that the taste mellows the longer you wait to serve them.Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2010
Very good! I roasted my own pecans and added 1/4 tsp. of Penzey s double-strength vanilla extract. I ve made this recipe twice so far with consistent results and rave reviews. Read More
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