Kentucky Bourbon Balls

Total Time
Prep 22 mins
Cook 0 mins

These have always been a hoilday favorite; any kind of holiday! I used to make these with Rum but have now switched to using Bourbon. I have had this recipe for eons and I don't know from whence it came. These can also be frozen &/or refrigerated.Have updated 12/12/2008: changed the amount of Bourbon balls to a count of 20 to 30.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the cake crumbs or cookie crumbs into a plastic bag and smoosh them.
  2. Combine the cake crumbs or cookie crumbs, sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa, corn syrup & Bourbon.
  3. Blend and mix very well.
  4. Fold in the pecans.
  5. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls.
  6. If mixture is not rolling together easily, add more corn syrup.
  7. Roll the balls in the cocoa powder or the powdered sugar to coat them.
  8. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate.
Most Helpful

What a recipe! I used the Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa for the first time and it was WONDERFUL! I even got into them the first night and they were fantastic! Thanks for sharing this recipe! What a great HOLIDAY surprise for SANTA!

meebsmom December 22, 2005

As I was mixing these up I kept getting a huge wif of bourbon. I was thinking okay I can drink a LITTLE bourbon but this is going to be way to strong for me. But then I tried one. That first taste was wow! Then it got smoother and better and smoother and better. After that I could have rolled one, eaten one, rolled one, eaten one...Very good! These are for Thanksgiving but I don't know if they are going to last that long.

-Sheri- November 22, 2005

I had cake to use up so this was perfect for me - mixture came together wonderfully as did taste !! Made for Cookbook Tag.

katew September 04, 2009