Kentucky Bourbon Balls

Kentucky Bourbon Balls

69 Reviews 5 Pics
  • Prep

    20 m
  • Cook

    10 m
  • Ready In

    16 h 30 m
KY Piano Teacher
Recipe by  KY Piano Teacher

“Try this smooth, delicious, and authentic Kentucky bourbon ball candy.”

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Original recipe yields 24 balls



  1. Place the nuts in a sealable jar. Pour the bourbon over the nuts. Seal and allow to soak overnight.
  2. Mix the butter and sugar; fold in the soaked nuts. Form into 3/4" balls and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Line a tray with waxed paper. Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over just-barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching. Roll the balls in the melted chocolate to coat; arrange on the prepared tray. Store in refrigerator until serving.

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This is how I fixed them. The only thing is I roll them out and put tooth picks in them then freeze for an hour or so until very hard. Then I just peel them off the paper and dip in the chocolate one at a time. After they cool I take out the tooth picks. If they get soft just pop back in the freezer.

Kelly Hagelman

Kelly Hagelman

Trust me. This is the bourbon ball recipe. Make sure to buy quality Kentucky bourbon. Half the fun is sipping away while making them! I know many other recipes like to use corn syrups and such, but I've only tried them this way (I've made them many times before) and I like the straight simple ingredients best. Cheers!

KY Piano Teacher

KY Piano Teacher

I solve the melting problem by forming the balls, placing them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper, and chilling them in the freezer for a few minutes before I dip them in the chocolate. There's really no way around it, though, you will have to work quickly in the chocolate and it takes a little practice before it gets easy.

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Amount Per Serving (24 total)

  • Calories
  • 252 cal
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 13.9 g
  • 21%
  • Carbs
  • 31.3 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 2.3 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 28 mg
  • 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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