I've tried several recipes I found online, and the mixture always comes out too wet to form balls. My grandmother used to make these, and I finally figured out my own recipe that's as close to hers as I could get.

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Ingredients

45
Original recipe yields 45 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Grind cookies in a food processor into fine crumbs; transfer to a large mixing bowl.

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  • Grind pecans in the food processor; add to cookie crumbs. Stir 1 cup confectioners' sugar, bourbon whiskey, cocoa powder, and corn syrup with the cookies and pecans until the mixture holds together; roll into 3/4-inch balls.

  • Spread coconut onto a plate and 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar onto a separate plate. Roll balls in coconut and sugar to coat. Arrange balls onto a platter, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until hardened, at least 1 hour.

Tips

Cook's Note:

Tips

Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated.

Nutrition Facts

99.2 calories; 0.9 g protein; 10.5 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 23.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (19)

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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2014
This is a great recipe. A holiday staple in our house for as long as I remember. My mom made these with Brandy. I prefer using bourbon. I have also used a combination of dark and coconut rum or white cream de menth. They all are great. Then you can roll in confectioners sugar ground nuts cocoa powder... Endless possibilities! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2014
This is a great recipe. A holiday staple in our house for as long as I remember. My mom made these with Brandy. I prefer using bourbon. I have also used a combination of dark and coconut rum or white cream de menth. They all are great. Then you can roll in confectioners sugar ground nuts cocoa powder... Endless possibilities! Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2014
This is a great recipe. A holiday staple in our house for as long as I remember. My mom made these with Brandy. I prefer using bourbon. I have also used a combination of dark and coconut rum or white cream de menth. They all are great. Then you can roll in confectioners sugar ground nuts cocoa powder... Endless possibilities! Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2014
Delicious! Very easy to mix up and rolled perfectly! I just rolled them all in powdered sugar b/c that's hubby's favorite. I have these in the fridge 'ripening' for Christmas but so far they are great and I will report back closer to Christmas. I really liked that you didn't have to melt chocolate to make these as you do for a lot of other recipes that I have tried. I will def be making these again and again...they are sooooo easy YUM! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2014
I read the good reviews but you never know so I made these for our company Christmas dinner and they were the first item to be devoured and we had a lot of foods/desserts to choose from. Tip: Because corn syrup and whiskey are the only ingredients that add moisture to help stick together the best way to mix is to remove all jewelry wash hands vigorously and use your hands to mix. I hesitated in doing this and used a mixing spoon. However had to add a little more corn syrup and whiskey for it to hold together which I wouldn't suggest doing. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2015
My sister and i made these to bring to a party. We made them at noon for an evening party. We used her food processor to grind the wafers and pecans. I opted to keep it simple and just used the powdered sugar instead of also using coconut. It was very easy. Good consistency. They were a big hit!! Everyone was asking for the recipe. Without a food processor it would not have been the same. Some other recipes don't call for a food processor Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2018
Our 20 year long neighbors are moving to Kentucky from Boston and we are headed to a Farewell Party this afternoon. I am always in charge of making something that has alcohol in it (like Jello Shots/Marinated Maraschino Cherries dipped in white chocolate etc) so I was looking for something with Bourbon in it to represent KENTUCKY! Made exactly like the recipe with only one exception, I toasted the pecans first. Only because I think that gives the BEST flavor of Pecans. I made half with Coconut and half without in case someone doesn't like Coconut at the Party that I am bringing these to shortly.. They took me a LONG time to make.Start to finish about 2.5 hours but I am NO Baker so that probably lengthened the time. I used my Food Processor for probably the first time in 10 years LOL. I used a Melon Ball to start the "Ball" and I wound up with just over 50 Bourbon Balls at the last count. I had to taste one to make sure they were delicious and THEY ARE ! I took the tip from someone to NOT put in extra Bourbon. They are the Perfect amount of Bourbon with what the recipe calls for. Can't wait to see them go...and I know they will. So Hat's off to MeeMaw. This is a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2016
Made these for a small Christmas party for a bourbon taster's club. They turned out great! Not too strong just right! I made a couple of modifications by adding a tsp more of corn syrup and a couple of tsps of melted salted butter. The salt was a good addition because it added flavor to the balls. The corn syrup and butter made the batter less crumbly and easier to work with. They helped the confectioner's sugar and coconut adhere to the balls better and enhanced the flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2019
I made these tonight. I followed the recipe exactly except I used spiced rum and they are fabulous!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2018
Delicious! Recipe as written works up perfectly. I made them with bourbon but plan to try rum and brandy too if only I could remember to buy vanilla wafers! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2018
My family loved it only problem was the coconut would not stick to them. Read More