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    Bangin' Bourbon Balls

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    9 hrs 30 mins

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    9 hrs

    Redneck Epicurean's Note:

    Christmas gifts from me are usually centered around something I know someone likes or will like. Of course, using whiskey/bourbon in anything is something that all Kentuckians know about. These little suckers can either be made with a smooth bourbon such as Maker's Mark or a kickin whiskey like Jim Beam. Either way, they are a must for our holiday cheer. And the more you eat, the more you want. The nine hours cook time is actually chill time and the yield depends on how much fondant you use for each ball.

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    lg. tins

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    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 1 lb powdered sugar (sifting not necessary)
    • 1 1/2-2 cups pecan halves
    • 1 dash salt
    • 16 ounces dipping chocolate
    • 6 tablespoons Bourbon (more or less to taste, see note) or 6 tablespoons whiskey (more or less to taste, see note)


    1. 1
      Cream the butter and sugar to form a fondant.
    2. 2
      Add the dash of salt and whiskey to taste (NOTE: Not all bourbon is whiskey but not all whiskey is bourbon -- i.e. Scotch whiskey, Irish whiskey, Canadian whiskey, etc . Makers Mark and Jim Beam are wonderful bourbons. . I prefer Jim for this recipe. The difference is the distilling process. If you want to know more about the difference, check out the Maker's Mark website.) Mix well.
    3. 3
      Roll a tablespoon of fondant around 1 pecan half. Place on waxed paper and refrigerate 8 hours or until firm.
    4. 4
      Melt chocolate and cool until easily handled.
    5. 5
      Dip the balls, letting the excess drip off. Place back on the waxed paper.
    6. 6
      Chill 1 hour or until chocolate is set. Store in an airtight container either in a very cool place or the refrigerator.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 01, 2006


      Whew! I made these for a few select friends as Christmas gifts and included in a basket with other goodies- every single person called and didn't even mention any of the other tasty treats, but they immediately begged for more of these. Unfortunately, I had eaten them all myself. When I was about 8 months pregnant we toured the Maker's Mark distillery and at the end of the tour they gave out samples of their Maker's Mark candy. I was instantly addicted- chocolate, bourbon and pecans, my greatest loves. These are a very good facsimile. I did end up freezing before dipping- the refrigerated centers began to melt immediately upon hitting the chocolte. Delicious!

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    Nutritional Facts for Bangin' Bourbon Balls

    Serving Size: 1 (799 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 3850.4
    Calories from Fat 1790
    Total Fat 198.9 g
    Saturated Fat 67.4 g
    Cholesterol 244.0 mg
    Sodium 975.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 473.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 14.2 g
    Sugars 449.6 g
    Protein 14.5 g

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    dipping chocolate

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