This post is sponsored by Imperial Sugar. Bourbon Balls are easy to make, and a great holiday treat!
Bourbon Balls were my dad’s favorite holiday treat. I think my sister first made them for him, but then gave him the recipe. I’d asked for it myself a couple years ago, but either he couldn’t find it or he kept forgetting to email it to me. When we cleaned out his apartment a few months ago, I came across it, and took it with me, along with a few other recipes as well as the cookbook we’d given him one year for Christmas.
So when I was working on my list of Choctoberfest recipes for this year, I decided Bourbon Balls would be a perfect one to share. They contain chocolate, bourbon, and two kinds of sugar. This year, Gold Sponsor Imperial Sugar VERY generously sent those of us participating 88lbs. of sugar. That’s right. EIGHTY-EIGHT. Pounds. Of sugar. Let that sink in for a moment. You may recall, I shared a picture of the shipment on Instagram:
I managed to fit most of it in the cabinet where I keep all my baking supplies, but I still have bags of it piled up around my kitchen. It’s the perfect problem for a baker to have, eh? Especially during the holiday season, there’s no such thing as too much sugar. The Bourbon Balls contain powdered sugar, as well as granulated sugar, so I was thankful Imperial Sugar sent both!
I did cut back on the amount of bourbon in the recipe – I can’t recall whether my dad or sister made them, but I recall one Christmas grabbing a couple Bourbon Balls, biting into one, and breathing fire for a minute or two. I prefer my bourbon to be mellow and warming.
You might not notice the bourbon flavor right when you bite into one of these, but by the time you’re finished with it, you’ll feel that warmth. Especially if you have more than one!
You’ll want to let these sit for at least 24 hours, if not longer, so the flavors have time to meld. The bourbon will mellow out a bit as well, and won’t be so biting after a day (or two or three).
- 6oz. (1 C) semi-sweet chocolate (finely chopped if not using chocolate chips)
- 3 Tbsp. light corn syrup
- 1/3 C bourbon
- 2 1/2 C vanilla wafer cookie crumbs
- 1/2 C sifted Imperial Sugar Powdered Sugar
- 1 C finely chopped pecans
- 3/4 C Imperial Sugar Granulated Sugar
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the cookie crumbs, powdered sugar, and pecans. Place the granulated sugar in a small bowl and set aside. Line a large baking sheet or plate with wax paper.
Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl/double-boiler and melt over simmering water. Remove from the heat, and whisk in the corn syrup and bourbon. Add to the cookie-sugar mixture, and mix well. Cover, and allow to stand for 25-30 minutes.
Using a small (1-Tbsp.) scoop, portion out the dough, rolling into balls, and roll in the granulated sugar. Place on the wax paper-lined sheet and continue with the remaining dough.
Place the bourbon balls in an airtight container, and allow to sit for at least 24 hours, or longer, to allow the flavors to meld.
Don’t forget about entering the AWESOME giveaway we’ve got going on, and if Bourbon Balls aren’t your thing, check out some of the other fantastic recipes posted today: