Kentucky Pecan Bourbon Balls


Makes approx 24 balls
  •  1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 lb powdered sugar (about 3 1/2-4 cups)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup (approx) Bourbon (I recommend Maker’s Mark brand), separated
  • 1/4 cup pecans, finely ground
  • 1/3 cup approx (24) pecan halves
  • 12 oz bag semi sweet chocolate chips


  1.  Using a mixer, combine butter and sugar until smooth.
  2.  Add 1/4 cup Bourbon and vanilla and mix in.
  3. Finally, mix in the ground pecans.
  4. Roll into 1-inch balls and place in rows on a parchment lined baking sheet. The filling is very sticky. Add more powdered sugar if needed.
  5. Set in refrigerator until firm, then transfer to a freezer bag and place in the freezer for a few hours or overnight.
  6. Meanwhile place pecan halves in a small bowl, cover with remaining 1/4 cup of Bourbon and let soak overnight.
  7. Once balls are hardened/frozen melt chocolate in the microwave (30 second intervals, stirring in between until smooth). I do this in batches (1/3 of the chocolate at a time) and 6 or so balls at a time so they don’t get too soft with the warm chocolate.
  8. Place a toothpick in each bourbon ball, sticking the toothpick into the center.
  9. Working quickly, dip the bourbon ball centers into the chocolate one at a time. Tap the toothpick against the side of the bowl to shake off excess chocolate.
  10. Set the coated bourbon balls on a waxed or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  11. With another toothpick push the bourbon ball gently from the toothpick and cover the spot where it was with a bourbon soaked pecan half.
  12. Place coated bourbon balls in the fridge and let them set and harden.
  13. Store in a sealed container and give as gifts or serve at your next holiday party!



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