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Meemaw's Bourbon Balls

Rated as 5 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...

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...

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 ...

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...

I have a friend who will be 103 on her b'day. What does a lady of that age really need... or want??? Bourbon Balls! ?? She loves them...& Fruit Cake! I didn't start early enuff to get the F...

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...

The bourbon balls were great! My mother always made them during the holidays but this year was my turn. She liked them so much that she says she has to start making them again. I added an addit...

So yummy, and so easy to make! Reminded me my Nana's! Only rolled in powdered sugar cause the coconut wouldn't 'stick', but everyone loved them.