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Kentucky Pecan Bourbon Balls

Makes approx 24 balls


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 lb powdered sugar about 3 1/2-4 cups
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup approx Bourbon (I recommend Maker's Mark brand), separated
  • 1/4 cup pecans finely ground
  • 1/3 cup approx 24 pecan halves
  • 12 oz bag semi sweet chocolate chips


  • Using a mixer, combine butter and sugar until smooth.
  • Add 1/4 cup Bourbon and vanilla and mix in.
  • Finally, mix in the ground pecans.
  • Roll into 1-inch balls and place in rows on a parchment lined baking sheet. The filling is very sticky. Add more powdered sugar if needed.
  • Set in refrigerator until firm, then transfer to a freezer bag and place in the freezer for a few hours or overnight.
  • Meanwhile place pecan halves in a small bowl, cover with remaining 1/4 cup of Bourbon and let soak overnight.
  • Once balls are hardened/frozen melt chocolate in the microwave (30 second intervals, stirring in between until smooth). I do this in batches (1/3 of the chocolate at a time) and 6 or so balls at a time so they don't get too soft with the warm chocolate.
  • Place a toothpick in each bourbon ball, sticking the toothpick into the center.
  • Working quickly, dip the bourbon ball centers into the chocolate one at a time. Tap the toothpick against the side of the bowl to shake off excess chocolate.
  • Set the coated bourbon balls on a waxed or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • With another toothpick push the bourbon ball gently from the toothpick and cover the spot where it was with a bourbon soaked pecan half.
  • Place coated bourbon balls in the fridge and let them set and harden.
  • Store in a sealed container and give as gifts or serve at your next holiday party!


Adapted from "The Book of Bourbon" .