Kentucky Bourbon Balls Recipe

No-Bake Bourbon Balls

Kentucky Bourbon Balls are called candy by some people and a cookie by others – but candy or cookie, they are a absolutely wonderful!  These are a very tasty and easy-to-make cookie that needs absolutely no baking.  In Kentucky, these are a favorite to serve at the Kentucky Derby parties.  This Bourbon Balls recipe combines nuts, sweet chocolate, and Kentucky’s own whiskey to create this traditional Southern holiday favorite.

Because of the amount of whiskey used in this recipe, we do not recommend serving these cookies to children.


Kentucky Bourbon Balls


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Kentucky Bourbon Balls Recipe:
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Kentucky Bourbon Balls Recipe
Servings: 2 dozen
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (confectioners' sugar)
  • 1/2 cup bourbon whiskey (good-quality)*
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 1/2 cups vanilla wafer (cookies), crushed
  • 1 cup nuts (pecans, walnuts or hazelnuts), chopped
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  1. In a large bowl, sift cocoa and powdered sugar together.  Add the whiskey and corn syrup; mix until well blended.

  2. Fold in crushed vanilla wafers and nuts and mix thoroughly.  Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours.

  3. Using your hands, roll the chilled dough into small balls and then roll in powdered sugar.

  4. Store, covered, in air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

* The better the quality of the bourbon used in these cookies or candy, the tastier they are.


Comments and Reviews

One Response to “Kentucky Bourbon Balls Recipe”

  1. Pam

    These things are awesome!


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