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    Best Bourbon Balls

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    Audrey365's Note:

    This recipe uses confectioneries sugar instead of vanilla wafers. My family has made these for over 40 years. A true southern delight!

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    • 4 lbs confectioners' sugar (10x)
    • 1 cup butter, softened (not margarine)
    • 1/2 lb chopped pecans
    • Bourbon (use your favorite, I've used several different brands)
    • 1 (12 ounce) bag milk chocolate chips
    • 1 (12 ounce) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 1/4 lb paraffin wax, shaved finely (gulf wax)
    • 2 tablespoons solid shortening


    1. 1
      By hand mix the sugar, butter, pecans and bourbon. Start off with a good splash of bourbon then add tiny bits if too dry. I've never once measured the bourbon and I've been making these since I was about 5, helping mom.
    2. 2
      Work mixture until smooth. The mixture should be stiff, not soggy, pliable but not crumbly. I hope that makes sense.
    3. 3
      Pinch a tiny bit of mix and roll it in the palm of your hand into a ball. The perfect size ball is a two-biter (a little less than an inch.)
    4. 4
      Place on cookie sheets and set aside to air dry. You should not freeze these to firm them quickly, just let them air dry a couple of hours.
    5. 5
      Melt chocolates, paraffin and shortening in the microwave 30 seconds at a time.
    6. 6
      Stir at end of each 30 seconds.
    7. 7
      It will take about 4-5 minutes to melt everything.
    8. 8
      Using a salad or cocktail fork place the ball on the end of the fork and dip into chocolate.
    9. 9
      Don't prick the end with the fork or a toothpick to dip as some recommend.
    10. 10
      Let drain and put back on the cookie sheet.
    11. 11
      You may top with a half or whole pecan at this point. This will make about 120 pieces at this size.
    12. 12
      When chocolate has set, take a knife and slide under the balls. This makes them come out smooth compared to just picking them up.
    13. 13
      Place each piece in a foil or paper fluted candy cup and place in an airtight container.
    14. 14
      Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve or give as gifts.

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    Nutritional Facts for Best Bourbon Balls

    Serving Size: 1 (2975 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 103.4
    Calories from Fat 37
    Total Fat 4.1 g
    Saturated Fat 1.7 g
    Cholesterol 4.1 mg
    Sodium 11.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 17.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    Sugars 16.6 g
    Protein 0.3 g

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