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.

Plates with three different kinds of Bourbon balls: rolled in chopped nuts, rolled in cocoa powder and drizzled with chocolate.

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

How to make Bourbon balls:

Step 1. In a mixing bowl, combine 1.25 cups powdered sugar and 8 tablespoons softened, unsalted butter.

Step 2. Whip the mix with an electric mixer until creamy.

A small mixing bowl with powdered sugar and softened butter and a shot glass of Bourbon.

Step 3. Add 3 tablespoons of Bourbon and continue to whip 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.

Step 4. 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.

RECIPE NOTE 1: I suggest to stick with a 2-teaspoon volume for the scoop because anything bigger than that is just too overwhelming.

RECIPE NOTE 2: 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.

Bourbon ball filling in a mixing bowl and Bourbon balls on aluminum foil-lined baking sheets.

Step 5. Quickly roll the balls in 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, then transfer them immediately to the fridge.

Step 6. If you choose, melt 1.5 ounces bittersweet chocolate in a bowl over a pot of simmering water and drizzle it over the nut-covered bourbon balls or roll them in cocoa powder.

Bourbon balls rolled in chopped nuts, cocoa powder and drizzled with melted chocolate.

Step 7. Keep the Bourbon balls cold at all times.

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Plates with three different kinds of Bourbon balls: rolled in chopped nuts, rolled in cocoa powder and drizzled with chocolate.
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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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Plates with three different kinds of Bourbon balls: rolled in chopped nuts, rolled in cocoa powder and drizzled with chocolate.

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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