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Kentucky Bourbon Balls

KY Piano Teacher

"Try this smooth, delicious, and authentic Kentucky bourbon ball candy."
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16 h 30 m servings 252 cals
Original recipe yields 24 servings (24 balls)


  • Calories:
  • 252 kcal
  • 13%
  • Fat:
  • 13.9 g
  • 21%
  • Carbs:
  • 31.3g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 2.3 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium:
  • 28 mg
  • 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Place the nuts in a sealable jar. Pour the bourbon over the nuts. Seal and allow to soak overnight.
  2. Mix the butter and sugar; fold in the soaked nuts. Form into 3/4" balls and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Line a tray with waxed paper. Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over just-barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching. Roll the balls in the melted chocolate to coat; arrange on the prepared tray. Store in refrigerator until serving.

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This is how I fixed them. The only thing is I roll them out and put tooth picks in them then freeze for an hour or so until very hard. Then I just peel them off the paper and dip in the chocol...

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I love bourbon and almost everything with it, but I must admitt to being disappointed with these. I used good quality bourbon and chocolate, but I thought they were too sweet and too dry. Migh...

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This is how I fixed them. The only thing is I roll them out and put tooth picks in them then freeze for an hour or so until very hard. Then I just peel them off the paper and dip in the chocol...

Trust me. This is the bourbon ball recipe. Make sure to buy quality Kentucky bourbon. Half the fun is sipping away while making them! I know many other recipes like to use corn syrups and su...

I solve the melting problem by forming the balls, placing them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper, and chilling them in the freezer for a few minutes before I dip them in the chocolate. The...

I've used this same recipe for over twenty years, and it's by far the best and most reliable. The only things I'd add is to melt a half-stick of paraffin with the chocolate so that the chocol...

very good, this is the recipe I have always used. Just a note for those who aren't aware...the longer these sit, the stronger they get

This is very similar the bourbon ball my grannie made for Christmas while I was growing up in Kentucky. A good bottle of fine Kentucky bourbon is a must to make great bourbon balls. I made a ba...

I made these for Christmas because they are one of my Dad's favorites!! I added a bit more bourbon; that's the way daddy likes them!!

These are FABULOUS and easy to do. After reading the reviews, I followed the recipe but doubled it, and used unsalted butter and a stand mixer. Here’s what I did: Beat butter on high until cr...

These are marvelous! I suspect that the folks who've had trouble making the filling have not worked with fondant before thus the directions may be a little too simplistic. I would add "with a mi...