Bourbon Balls

Bourbon Balls are a must-have for a derby party. There are only a few ingredients, and they can be made ahead of time.

To make the filling, take one 16-ounce bag of powdered sugar and combine it with ⅓ cup bourbon and ¼ cup softened butter. Mix it until everything is smooth and combined and then roll the mixture into one-inch balls. Each ball is then topped with a pecan half and chill for 2-6 hours.  (You can also put them in the freezer for one hour)

After that, dip them into melted semi-sweet or dark chocolate and let rest until the chocolate is set. They then can be stored in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve them for up to five days, even though there is no way they will last that long.

The quality of the filling will depend on the quality of your bourbon: the tastier the bourbon, the tastier the filling. Now, these confections are not recommended for kids, so be sure to store them out of reach of children. (I also recommend hiding them from everyone and keeping them all for yourself!)

Bourbon Balls

  • Servings: varied
  • Difficulty: easy
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Bourbon Balls

1 16-ounce bag of powdered sugar

⅓ cup high quality bourbon

¼ cup softened butter

1 bag semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

2 tablespoons shortening

In a large bowl, combine powdered sugar, bourbon and softened butter. Stir until well combined, using gloved hands if needed.

Roll into 1 inch balls. Gently press 1 pecan half into each ball. Let chill in the fridge for 2-6 hours.

Melt chocolate and shortening in small microwave-safe bowl. Place in microwave initially for 1 minute on high heat. Stir. Continue to heat in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until chocolate is smooth.

Using a fork, dip bourbon balls in chocolate and place on wax paper. Chill until ready to serve.

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