Kentucky Bourbon Balls recipe

Bourbon Balls

This is an authentic Kentucky Bourbon Balls recipe. They are rich, smooth, decadent, and delicious! It's a Southern delicacy of a sweet boozy confection of sugar, pecans, and bourbon.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 36 balls


  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 Tablespoons Woodford Reserve Kentucky bourbon
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar sift and measure carefully
  • 16 oz semi-sweet chocolate
  • Optional toppings - pecan halves chopped pecans, walnuts or almonds, cocoa powder, confectioners' sugar, sea salt


  • Mix pecans and bourbon in a bowl and allow to soak for an hour.
  • Cream (or mix) butter and sugar together in an electric mixer until smooth
  • Then add pecans and bourbon to the butter and sugar mixer. 
  • Chill for 1 hour in the refrigerator. 
  • Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet covered with waxed paper. Refrigerate 2 hours.
  • Melt chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals until melted, stirring after each interval. Using a fork to hold the bourbon ball, dip each ball in chocolate covering completely. Hold ball over chocolate a few seconds to allow excess to drip off. Place back on waxed paper to cool completely. *If you choose to top with a pecan half, nuts, or salt immediately press on top of the ball before chocolate cools and hardens.


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