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Kentucky Bourbon Balls - TSLCThere are many different recipes for bourbon balls.  This one is my favorites and the easiest for me to make. These smooth chocolate confections are so good and addictive!

1/2 cup or 1 stick unsalted butter, not margarine, softened(I use organic)
 2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup pecans, finely ground
4 tablespoons 100 proof Kentucky bourbon (can use more or less and could use another kind of bourbon)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
pecan halves for garnish
Cream butter and sugar.  Add pecans, bourbon and vanilla extract mixing well with mixer.  Chill this mixture in the freezer for 30 minutes.  Remove from freezer and make into balls using about a teaspoon of mixture for each one.  Place on wax paper on cookie sheet and put back in freezer for 30 more minutes.  When 30 minutes are up, melt the chocolate chips about 2 minutes in the microwave. (The smaller the container or bowl you use to melt the chips the easier it is to dip the bourbon balls in the chocolate).  Some people use a toothpick to hold the bourbon balls. It is easier for me to just drop them in the chocolate and use a wooden spoon to cover. Remove each bourbon ball and place on a clean piece of wax paper on cookie sheet. Add a pecan half on top.  Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes until chocolate hardens.  Store in refrigerator.  Makes about 30 bourbon balls depending on the size you make them. Enjoy!
Kentucky Bourbon Balls - TSCL
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25 Responses

  1. I’m gonna soak the pecans in Whipped cream flavored vodka and use kahlua in the mix.

  2. It calls for semi-sweet chocolate but it looks like dark chocolate. Can you use dark chocolate and still have it taste good?

  3. My friends and family like a strong bourbon flavor. How much more could I use than 4 tablespoons for this recipe?

  4. How do I get “finely ground pecans” and can you get drunk off these if you eat to many?

    • You can put them in a plastic bag and crush them with the rolling pin. I do mine in the coffee grinder. I don’t think you could get drunk off that little bit of bourbon.

  5. Could I use Cherry Rum instead of the Kentucky Bourbon? Think it would give them a completely different taste. Cherry flavored chocolate balls…yes??

  6. Could I use ground almonds instead of pecans?

  7. Could I use Irish whiskey?

  8. I have a bottle of Buffalo Trace with that work?

  9. You click on the name of the recipe at the top, then look at the bottom of that page and you will see where it says: “print/pdf”. Click on that and you can remove the picture and any text you don’t want and print.

  10. Yes, you can taste the bourbon. They are not cooked so it is like giving them alcohol I guess.

  11. I have a daughter with nut allergies. While I could leave off the pecan garnish, what would I use in place of the ground pecans? Thanks.

    • I guess you could try leaving them out. You could try coconut.

      • I believe you can use vanilla wafer in place of the nuts. They would still absorb liquid but not change the overall taste. I developed a severe nut allergy after having eaten them for years and had to find ways to adjust some favorite recipes.

  12. What could you use instead of the boubon? I know bourbon is their name, but I would like to substitue it. Thanks

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