Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

Southern Christmas treat! As hard as it may be to not eat them immediately, the balls get better after they sit for a day or two.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl, stir together vanilla wafers, confectioners sugar, pecans, corn syrup, cocoa and bourbon (rum) until thoroughly combined.
  2. Shape into 1 inch balls.
  3. Pour granulated sugar in a pie plate then roll balls in the sugar.
  4. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Most Helpful

Great basic recipe. After making the first batch and realizing how easy and delicious they were, I got creative and changed both the type of liquor and cookies. (Example: graham cracker crumbs with kahlua and vodka!) Each batch was delicious. They were definitely better after sitting a week or so in the refrigerator; however I did have to re-roll them in powdered sugar before serving. They are also pretty rolled in colored granulated sugar.

leblanc.heather January 03, 2009

These are soooo good and soooo easy. I made these for a holiday party and everyone loved them. I made them about 5 days before the party and they got better each day. I used Malibu Rum in place of the bourbon, because I love Malibu! I also rolled them in Demerara Cane Sugar (raw sugar) which made them look very festive. Thanks for such a wonderful and easy recipe. This will be one of my holiday standards from now on.

Chef Howe December 19, 2007

Easy to make, and fabulous! I used sugar cane rum instead of bourbon, and it gave them a really nice flavor. These are so easy to make, I may make another batch before the holidays. Thanks, Kari - this one's a keeper!

bunkie68 December 15, 2003

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