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Bourbon Balls

My family was always so happy around the holidays. They were absolutely FILLED with the spirit. At the time I didn’t realize it wasn’t exactly the Christmas spirit making them so merry and bright, but maybe the spirit of Mr. Jim Beam or Mr. Mogan David!

In any event, no matter what spirit you decide to fill yourself with this holiday season, make it a good one!

Filled with the Spirit Bourbon Balls


  • 1 cup fine vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • confectioners’ sugar, sifted


Thoroughly combine 1 crushed vanilla wafer crumbs, chopped pecans, 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, and the cocoa. In a separate bowl, blend the bourbon and corn syrup. Stir this bourbon mixture into the dry mixture; blend well. Cover and chill for at least a few hours. Sift about 1/2 to 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar on a cookie sheet. Shape small bits of the dough into balls and roll them in the confectioners’. Store in refrigerator in tightly covered containers. Make these a few days in advance for best flavor, and roll in confectioners’ sugar again before serving, if desired. These can also be frozen for longer storage.
Makes about 3 dozen bourbon balls.
I love Christmas. I love Mr. Jack Daniels. Merry Christmas Y’all!