Bourbon Balls

One of my newer Christmas traditions is to make Bourbon Balls and now you can make them too!

I typically quadruple this recipe, mostly because a large bag of walnuts can be divided into this ratio. You might want to start with only a single or double batch at first as they’re a little time-consuming to make.

Bourbon Balls ~ Delicious!

Bourbon Balls

  • 1 – 6 oz package semi-sweet chocolate chips (half a bag)
  • 3 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar + more to coat balls at end
  • 1/3 cup bourbon whiskey (or orange juice)
  • 1 cup walnuts, ground or chopped finely
  • 1 – 14 oz box vanilla wafers, crushed finely
  1. Grind / chop walnuts and vanilla wafers. (I use a food processor.)
  2. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler.
  3. Add corn syrup and sugar. Stir well.
  4. Blend in bourbon.
  5. Stir in wafers and walnuts (I stir them in by batches as my double boiler is small. You probably could transfer the mixture to a large bowl before this step.)
  6. Form into 1-inch balls.
  7. Roll balls in sugar.
  8. Let ripen in tightly covered container for 4-5 days.


Before rolling them in sugar. After making a few dozen, they start to resemble something the dog left behind...

This is about 2.5 batches of Bourbon Balls, in a 14-cup (3.3L) container.

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