Dark Chocolate Bourbon Balls Recipe

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Remember the days at Grama and Grampa's house when you make these wonderfully traditional treats. The blended taste of bourbon and pecans is irresistable! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups finely chopped pecans, divided
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 pound dark chocolate candy coating, melted

Nutritional Facts

1 bourbon ball: 125 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 15mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. Combine 1 cup pecans and bourbon; let stand, covered, for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy; stir in pecan mixture. Refrigerate, covered, until firm enough to shape into 1-in. balls, about 45 minutes. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  3. Dip in chocolate coating; allow excess to drip off. Sprinkle with remaining pecans. Let stand until set. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Bourbon Balls in Fresh Home Spring 2011

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