Bourbon Balls

Bourbon Balls...a "grown up" Christmas treat.

Once upon a time, or December 2004 if you want to be exact, a friend gifted us with homemade Bourbon Balls. It was love at first bite, and I knew I needed the recipe. We needed our own supply.

Bourbon Balls are not for everyone. My kids don’t eat them. Bourbon Balls are for grown ups.

Bourbon Balls give off just a little heat with just a little sweet and are quick to disappear in my house. Brian claims that’s because they “dry out” faster than the other candies. We need to eat them first. Uh-huh.

All I know for sure is that when I pop one in my mouth, I instantly think, “Wow. Maybe just one more…”

One tip: The food processor is the key for these…for the wafers, the nuts, and getting the lumps out of the powdered sugar.

My Christmas goodie collection of Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge, Chocolate-covered Peanut Butter Balls, Bourbon Balls and Reindeer Munch.

Ingredients List

  • 2 1/2 cups finely crushed vanilla wafers (almost a whole box)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup bourbon (no need to get fancy with this, low-cost is OK)
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup (the only time I EVER use corn syrup)
  • Granulated sugar


Combine wafer crumbs, powdered sugar, cocoa powder and nuts. Stir in bourbon and corn syrup. Use hands to throughly combine and moisten all ingredients.

Form mixture into small 3/4 inch balls and roll each ball in a bowl of granulated sugar.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature.