Steph's Bourbon Balls Recipe -
Steph's Bourbon Balls Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Steph's Bourbon Balls

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"These bourbon balls are my signature Christmas candy. You'll get requests to make these every year!"

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Original recipe makes 40 bourbon balls Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins

    40 mins


  1. Place the sugar in a shallow bowl, and set aside. Combine the vanilla wafer crumbs, confectioners' sugar, and pecans in a bowl, and mix well.
  2. Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes to melt the chips. Stir the melted chips until smooth, and beat in the corn syrup and whiskey. Scrape the chocolate mixture into the crumb mixture, and stir well to mix.
  3. Form the dough into 1-inch balls, and roll each ball in sugar. Place the finished bourbon balls on a cooling rack to finish setting up.
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  • Editor's Note:
  • You can substitute your favorite whiskey or use rum or brandy.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 18, 2009

I made these and they were easy and taste great! I but Captain Morgan rum instead of the bourbon.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 23, 2010

Hate to say it, but I did not care for these. Not sure if it was the recipe (which I followed exactly) or if I just don't care for this kind of thing. Judging by how many others loved them, its probably just not my thing.

Dec 04, 2011

I highly recommend this recipe. I tried another recipe for bourbon balls posted on this site, and they turned out more like chocolate coated, soggy sugar cookies. Steph's Bourbon Balls has a better consistency, is arguably less costly, and takes a fraction of the time to make compared to the other posted recipes. If Bourbon Balls are your thing, you won't be disappointed.

Dec 22, 2010

I always use VO bourbon to make these. They taste best after a few days (if you can wait that long to partake).

Dec 28, 2010

these turned out a little dry, but they are fantastic!! I used brandy.

May 05, 2013

I made these for a gathering, but didn't have time to make them ahead. Even same-day, I got rave reviews! I did use more bourbon than the recipe originally called for, but the powdered sugar in the mixture really helps to keep them from tasting too "crumbly." Everyone absolutely LOVED them! Thanks Steph.

Dec 29, 2011

Chocolatey and delicious!

Dec 22, 2012

This is the only bourbon ball recipe I use, though with a few modifications. I use at least 1/3 cup bourbon instead of 1/4, sometimes 1/2 cup. I only use 1/2 cup pecans and slightly less than 2.5 cups wafer crumbs, otherwise it's too dry and not chocolatey enough.


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  • Calories
  • 272 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 37.8 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 13.3 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 2 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 2.2 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 73 mg
  • 3%

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

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