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Bourbon Balls

These Kentucky Bourbon Balls make a great addition to the holiday cookie tray. The adult holiday cookie tray. The bourbon flavor really comes through in this southern candy.

Kentucky Bourbon Balls


Bourbon Balls are a super easy candy to make and only a handful of ingredients are needed. An interior of bourbon-soaked pecans, butter, and powdered sugar is covered in a layer of semi-sweet chocolate.

To make Bourbon Balls, combine 1 cup of finely chopped pecans with 5 tablespoons of bourbon. Let this mixture sit for at least 1 hour. Overnight is fine too. Just cover the bowl with some saran wrap and let it sit on the counter. The pecans will soak up most of the bourbon.

Kentucky Bourbon Balls


For bourbon, I always like to use Makers Mark. It has a nice smooth flavor but there are oodles of great tasting bourbons available.

Once the pecans and bourbon have had time to get friendly, beat 1/2 cup of butter with an electric mixer. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar. Once completely mixed together, add in the pecan/bourbon mixture. Shape the mixture into 1-inch balls and refrigerate until firm.

Kentucky Bourbon Balls


Melt chocolate chips and shortening together. The shortening is just going to prevent the chocolate from hardening too much when it cools. It makes the Bourbon Balls easier to bite into.

Dip the balls in the chocolate mixture, placing a pecan half on top of each one before the chocolate sets. Refrigerate to set the chocolate.

Kentucky Bourbon Balls

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Watch the short video below to see how easy Bourbon Balls are to make!

Kentucky Bourbon Balls

Bourbon Balls

These Kentucky Bourbon Balls make a great addition to the holiday cookie tray. The bourbon flavor really comes through in this southern candy.
SERVINGS: 30 bourbon balls


  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 5 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • roughly 30 pecan halves


  • Combine the chopped pecans and bourbon in a small bowl. Cover and let sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • Beat butter with electric mixer and gradually add powdered sugar. Once mixture has completely come together, add pecan-bourbon mixture and mix. If mixture is too soft, add a little more sugar.
  • Use a small ice cream scoop or a teaspoon measuring spoon to form balls that are slightly larger then 1-inch. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or wax paper and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.
  • Melt chocolate chips and shortening in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Once smooth, start dipping the balls into the chocolate mixture using a toothpick. Place back on baking sheet and top with a pecan to cover the hole from the toothpick.
  • Return bourbon balls to refrigerator to set the chocolate.
Course: Candy

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  1. Changed it up a bit and added half a bourbon soaked cherry on top instead of the nut. Fantastic Recipe!
    Thank you for sharing!

    1. It is not safe to give to children as the bourbon has not been cooked and the alcohol is still in the bourbon.

  2. I made these bourbon balls for the 2022 Kentucky Derby. I tweaked the recipe a little by adding just a pinch of salt to cut the sweetness of the sugar. I also used ghirardelli chocolate chips along with Lily’s Dark Chocolate chips (no added sugar) and used coconut oil to thin the chocolate. I swear it smelled like brownies! These bourbon balls are the best!!!!!!

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