Bourbon Balls

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These Bourbon balls are as delicious as they are potent. They are made with a sweet Bourbon buttercream that’s briefly put in the freezer and then rolled in chopped pecans. A drizzle of bittersweet chocolate is optional.

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This post was originally published on Jan. 14, 2015.

How to make Bourbon balls:

This recipe starts with 8 tablespoons of softened, unsalted butter. Cut it up into pieces, then add 1.25 cups of powdered sugar and beat the mix with an electric mixer until creamy.

how to make bourbon balls step by step

how to make bourbon balls step by step

Next add 3 tablespoons of Bourbon and continue to beat well until smooth. (Don’t worry if the buttercream breaks in this step, it will work just fine once it’s chilled). Cover the bowl and put the mix in the fridge for 30 minutes.

how to make bourbon balls step by step

Line two small baking sheets with aluminum foil and scoop the bourbon balls with a 2-teaspoon metal scoop onto the foil. Place in the freezer for ten minutes.

how to make bourbon balls step by step

To finish the balls, quickly roll them in chopped pecans. You can also melt and drizzle bittersweet chocolate over the nut-covered balls or roll them in cocoa powder but I find that they are already very good without either.

how to make bourbon balls step by step

how to make bourbon balls step by step

Bourbon balls recipe tips:

  • The buttercream is not very firm and needs to be kept cold at all times so you definitely want to use a metal scoop; you will not be able to roll the balls in your hand.
  • I suggest to stick with a 2-teaspoon volume for the scoop because anything bigger than that is just too overwhelming.

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5 from 2 votes

Bourbon Balls

These Bourbon balls are as delicious as they are potent. They are made with a sweet Bourbon buttercream that's briefly put in the freezer and then rolled in chopped pecans. A drizzle of bittersweet chocolate is optional.
Prep Time15 mins
Chill Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bourbon balls
Servings: 20 balls
Calories: 85kcal

Ingredients:

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1.25 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Bourbon
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • cocoa powder, optional
  • 1.5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, optional*

Instructions:

  • Beat butter and sugar until creamy.
  • Add Bourbon and continue to beat until well incorporated. (Don't worry if the mix breaks, it will work just fine after chilling). 
  • Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Line two small baking sheets with aluminum foil and scoop little balls onto the sheets using a 2-teaspoon scoop.**
  • Freeze for 10 minutes.
  • Roll the balls in the chopped pecans and transfer to the refrigerator. 
  • If using, roll the nut-covered balls in cocoa powder OR melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pot of simmering water and drizzle over the bourbon balls.
  • Keep the balls refrigerated at all times and serve very cold.

Notes:

*Don't use chocolate morsels; morsels have stabilizers in them that actually prevent them from melting.
**The buttercream is not very firm and needs to be kept cold at all times so you definitely want to use a metal scoop; you will not be able to roll the balls in your hand.

Nutrition

Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.4g | Protein: 0.7g | Fat: 4.7g | Saturated Fat: 1.2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 8.6g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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8 comments

    • Nicole B. says:

      I actually drizzled some melted chocolate on some of them and they were good too but I ended up liking the ones without chocolate even better, they tasted more pure, I guess. :)

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