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Meemaw's Bourbon Balls

Rated as 4.88 out of 5 Stars

"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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1 h 20 m servings 99
Original recipe yields 45 servings (45 balls)


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  1. Grind cookies in a food processor into fine crumbs; transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 99 calories; 5.8 10.5 0.9 0 24 Full nutrition

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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...

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 ...

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: B...

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 c...

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 ...

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...

Love it! I had no choice that I differed the recipe. The vanilla wafers only came in an 11 oz bag. But the nuts were 10 0z instead of the 8 oz I needed. So I ate what I thought was 1 oz of n...

Delicious and so easy to make! I used my mini-processor and did in batches. Because the vanilla wafers are now 11 oz, I cut back a tad on the other ingredients, but I don't think it's necessary...

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!