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Kentucky Bourbon Balls Recipe
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Kentucky Bourbon Balls

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"Try this smooth, delicious, and authentic Kentucky bourbon ball candy."

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Original recipe makes 24 balls Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    16 hrs 30 mins


  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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 19, 2009

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 chocolate one at a time. After they cool I take out the tooth picks. If they get soft just pop back in the freezer.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 19, 2011

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. Might try again with some tweeks.

Dec 23, 2008

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 such, but I've only tried them this way (I've made them many times before) and I like the straight simple ingredients best. Cheers!

Jul 29, 2009

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. There's really no way around it, though, you will have to work quickly in the chocolate and it takes a little practice before it gets easy.

Nov 03, 2010

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 chocolate doesn't scorch as easily and to make the finished product shinier. I also use toothpicks to dip each ball into the chocolate mixture so that the process goes more quickly. When the chocolate dries slightly, I twist and pull the toothpick upward to remove it, then dip a spoon into the chocolate and dab each ball with the spoon. I've seen some people cover the toothpick hole with a pecan (as the photo in the main recipe shows), but sometimes the extra nut detracts from the overall creaminess of the bourbon ball and the chopped walnuts inside each ball provide plenty of a nutty taste. I've packaged these treats in Christmas tins as holiday gifts, and they are ALWAYS a huge hit!

Dec 04, 2008

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 batch with this recipe and everyone loved them. Great recipe!

Dec 11, 2009

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

Jan 09, 2009

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!!


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  • Calories
  • 252 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 31.3 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 13.9 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 1.8 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 2.3 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 28 mg
  • 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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