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How To Make No Bake Bourbon Balls

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…

BOURBON BALLS RECIPE

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.

HOW TO MAKE THE BOURBON BALLS

  • 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!.

DO BOURBON BALLS HAVE ALCOHOL

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.

TIPS

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

If you’re out of bourbon, don’t freak out! You’ll love these Coconut Rum Balls, too!!

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made with love, Deanne
Yield: 36 servings

No Bake Bourbon Balls Recipe

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.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

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

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g

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These were a super hit. They couldn't keep away from them. There were many Mmmmms! These will be a new family tradition!

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Sara

Thursday 10th of October 2019

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

Deanne Frieders

Monday 28th of October 2019

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

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