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Kentucky Pecan Bourbon Balls


Makes approx 24 balls

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 lb powdered sugar (about 3 1/2-4 cups)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup (approx) Bourbon (I recommend Maker’s Mark brand), separated
  • 1/4 cup pecans, finely ground
  • 1/3 cup approx (24) pecan halves
  • 12 oz bag semi sweet chocolate chips


  1. Using a mixer, combine butter and sugar until smooth.
  2. Add 1/4 cup Bourbon and vanilla and mix in.
  3. Finally, mix in the ground pecans.
  4. Roll into 1-inch balls and place in rows on a parchment-lined baking sheet. The filling is very sticky. Add more powdered sugar if needed.
  5. Set in refrigerator until firm, then transfer to a freezer bag and place in the freezer for a few hours or overnight.
  6. Meanwhile place pecan halves in a small bowl, cover with remaining 1/4 cup of Bourbon and let soak overnight.
  7. Once balls are hardened/frozen melt chocolate in the microwave (30-second intervals, stirring in between until smooth).
  8. I do this in batches (1/3 of the chocolate at a time) and 6 or so balls at a time so they don’t get too soft with the warm chocolate.
  9. Place a toothpick in each bourbon ball, sticking the toothpick into the center.
  10. Working quickly, dip the bourbon ball centers into the chocolate one at a time. Tap the toothpick against the side of the bowl to shake off excess chocolate.
  11. Set the coated bourbon balls on a waxed or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  12. With another toothpick push the bourbon ball gently from the toothpick and cover the spot where it was with bourbon soaked pecan half.
  13. Place coated bourbon balls in the fridge and let them set and harden.
  14. Store in a sealed container and give as gifts or serve at your next holiday party!

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