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Bourbon Balls

Bourbon Balls

  • Author: Leslie Kiszka
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes (includes chilling time)
  • Yield: 30-36 balls 1x


These chocolate covered confections are bite-sized, boozy, and no bake! Powdered sugar, butter and bourbon-soaked pecans are coated in dark chocolate for the ultimate holiday dessert for adults.


  • 3/4 cup pecan halves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup quality bourbon
  • 30 pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 16 ounces dark chocolate melting wafers


  1. In a small bowl, combine finely chopped pecans and bourbon and let soak for at least an hour, giving it a stir every now and then to make sure they’re all coated.
  2. Optional, but encouraged: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place pecan halves in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  4. In a stand mixer or large bowl with a hand mixer (aff link), beat butter on high speed until creamy and fluffier.
  5. Slowly add powdered sugar and beat to completely combine.
  6. Add your soaked pecans/bourbon mixture (you can include any residual liquid if desired, you may just need some extra powdered sugar if it’s too soft) and mix on medium speed to combine.
  7. Using a small cookie scoop (aff link) (about 2 teaspoons), measure out balls of dough and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Place in the fridge to chill for at least an hour – if you’re going to leave them overnight, cover with plastic wrap to prevent them from dying out.
  8. In a double boiler over low heat, melt your chocolate until smooth and use a candy dipper (aff link) (or toothpick or fork, whatever works best for you) to coat each ball completely. Place back on parchment lined baking sheet, immediately top with a pecan half, and let set.
  9. Once set, serve and enjoy!


Store in an airtight container in a cool room or in the fridge.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake

Keywords: bourbon balls, boozy bourbon balls, pecan balls

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