Bourbon Balls Recipe

As soon as I paged through the Garden and Gun cookbook, I knew I had to save this recipe for the spring.  These bourbon balls combine sweet with a boozy finish and are perfect for a Kentucky Derby party or, in our case, a day at the Carolina Cup.  Feel free to use your favorite bourbon to personalize the taste.
Kentucky Derby Recipe Bourbon Balls
Bourbon Balls
Makes ~24
2 cups (8oz) Vanilla Wafers, crushed finely
1 cup pecans, chopped finely
8 oz bittersweet chocolate (I used 72% cacao Ghirardelli)
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1/4 cup Light Corn Syrup
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/3 Cup Bourbon
Cinnamon Sugar for coating

Combine vanilla wafers and pecans in a large bowl and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, combine heavy cream, corn syrup, and cinnamon.
Place over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring continuously.
Remove from heat and stir in chocolate until smooth.
Let cool for 1-2 minutes then stir in bourbon.
Pour chocolate mixture over cookie/nut mixture and stir until well combined.
Place in refridgerator to chill for at least 30 minutes.
Use a melon ball scooper to scoop even sized balls.  Roll until smooth ball, roll in cinnamon sugar dusting, and place on parchment paper.
Store in an airtight container.


  1. These sound and look so good!!

  2. Ooh, these are interesting. I don't like bourbon, but I like everything else in them.


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