Taste of Traditions: Holiday Bourbon Balls

Bourbon Balls were one of my family’s holiday confection delights.  And being underage, sneaking one of these treats off the plate at the holiday party or dinner table was like I was partaking of the forbidden fruit.  Much like my dad who would give me his cherished olive off his martini and tell me to “eat it quick before all the liquor dripped off”, I felt like a grownup in the room with all the wishful responsibilities – at least for a short moment in time.  

With a ½ cup of Kentucky Bourbon (we used Ole Elk), these little guys pack a punch. So, if you make these at your party, you might wanna include a small recipe place card warning those partaking to mind their children – or even their manners after a few of these gems.

Recipe for Bourbon Balls

1 pkg (12 oz) vanilla wafers – 3 cups finally crushed
1 c – confectioner sugar
1 c – chopped pecans
1/4 c – light corn syrup
2 tbsp – unsweetened Cocoa
1/2 c – bourbon
1/2 c – granulated sugar


Mix all ingredients except the sugar. Shape into one inch balls. Roll balls in sugar.

Serve chilled or at room temperature. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.