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How To Make No Bake Bourbon Balls

no bake bourbon balls dusted with sugar

A classic holiday recipe, no bake bourbon balls are an easy recipe to make during the holiday season. I’ll let you in on a little secret, too.

Crushed vanilla wafers are the secret to this bourbon ball recipe you’ll want to include on every holiday cookie tray for gift giving.

But let’s be honest, I’m not from the deep south. I’m from Northern Illinois. So here’s how this southern candy recipe came to reside in this farm girl’s recipe box…


Our neighbor, Helen, would make a batch of this classic Southern recipe every holiday season and I venture to say, the moms in the neighborhood looked forward to this occasion.


  • since these are no bake bourbon balls, really all we need to do to start out is gather our simple ingredients – vanilla wafers, semi-sweet chocolate morsels, corn syrup, pecans, …. and of course, bourbon!.


Ummmm, yes. That’s kind of the whole reason behind this southern candy recipe. You’re gonna want to save these for the adult cookie tray around the holidays.


these can be refrigerated for a while, or frozen for later

  • dust generously with powdered sugar as the bourbon balls will soak it up
  • keep away from kids
  • make in advance
  • roll in powdered sugar again before serving
  • store in an air tight container

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no bake bourbon balls dusted with sugar

No Bake Bourbon Balls Recipe

A classic holiday recipe, no bake bourbon balls are an easy recipe to make during the holiday season.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: no bake bourbon balls
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 36 servings
Calories: 103kcal


  • 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 3 Tbsp white corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 2.5 cups crushed vanilla wafers
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  • Melt chocolate in a double boiler. (Or, microwave in small increments, stirring each time, until just melted). Remove from heat.
  • Add syrup and bourbon. Stir well. In a separate bowl, combine wafers, sugar & nuts. Mix well into chocolate. Let stand for 30 minutes.
  • Roll into 1-inch balls. Coat with powdered sugar.
  • Store in a tightly covered container.


Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Reply
    October 10, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    Wow, these sound amazing! Do you think it would work with home made caramel instead of the corn syrup?

    • Reply
      Deanne Frieders
      October 28, 2019 at 9:14 am

      Hmmm, I’m not sure if the caramel would harden, Sara. If you try it let me know!

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