If you want an impressive homemade gift, try these easy and very delicious Kentucky bourbon Balls. I found this recipe by Kat Kinsman over at https://tastingtable.com. As you can probably tell, I was going for a bourbon theme this year with my gifts. If you haven’t already done so, check out my recipes for bacon-infused bourbon and bacon bourbon Caramel Popcorn.
The hardest part of this recipe was allowing these delicious treats to chill! I do wish to add that this recipe is not cooked, so I would avoid sharing these with the younger crowd, let’s save this treat for the adults. Let’s jump right in!
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup pecans
- ¾ cup bourbon, divided
- 2 cups crushed Nilla Wafers
- ½ cup Dutch process cocoa powder, divided
- ½ cup confectioners’ sugar, divided
- ¼ cup light corn syrup
Kitchen items I used to prepare this recipe:
- 3-Cup Prep Bowl Set
- Measuring Cup Set
- Medium Stone Bar Pan
- Flex+ Multi-Prep Set
- 4-Qt Plastic Mixing Bowl
- Mix ‘N Scraper
- Small Scoop
- Half Sheet Pan
- Entertaining Platter Set
- Coating Trays & Tongs
Combine pecans and ¼ cup bourbon in Prep Bowl. Cover with lid and soak pecans for 2-3 hours.
Drain and reserve leftover bourbon. Bake soaked pecans on Stone at 325⁰ for 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, Chop Nilla Wafers in Flex+ Multi-Prep Set
Remove stone from oven and, once cooled, chop pecans in Flex+ Multi-Prep Set
Combine pecans, remaining bourbon (including any leftover from soaking pecans), crushed Nilla Wafers, ¼ cup cocoa powder, ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar and corn syrup in 4-Qt Plastic Mixing Bowl
Use Small Scoop to form bourbon balls.
Combine remaining cocoa powder and confectioners’ sugar in coating tray, and coat each bourbon ball with cocoa sugar mixture. Place on sheet pan, cover with parchment paper and refrigerate @ 2 hours until firm.
That’s it! Let me know if you make them, and how they turned out for you. These are a BIG hit at my house, and make a wonderful gift.
Here is my video:
Link to original recipe: https://www.tastingtable.com/687115/how-to-make-kentucky-bourbon-balls-kentucky-derby-recipe/
Linked and listed above are the products I used for this recipe. Please feel free to go to my website to purchase any or all of them here (please note I make commission if you do): https://www.pamperedchef.com/pws/marianielsen
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