Great balls of bourbon

By Katherine

Serve extra bourbon on the side

Greg has a theory that usually holds up. If you’re tasting wine or spirits and someone offers you food, you should take it and leave without buying a bottle. Of course alcohol tastes better when you’ve just had a fabulous piece of cheese or chased it with chocolate. Since I wasn’t tasting on our recent trip along the Bourbon Trail, it was only right I indulged in one or two of the chocolate bourbon balls offered along the way. My judgement of the bourbon wasn’t at all in question.

We bought two overpriced boxes of the sweet confections at Woodford Reserve and then saw a local candy store just down the way. C’est la vie, as the French say. Or, as we Americans say, well, crap.

Now, I don’t pretend to be a great candy maker and I had never made bourbon balls before, but this recipe over at All Recipes, by one “KY Piano Teacher” seemed to be the best approximation of what the distilleries were serving. The ingredient list simply calls for pecans, powdered sugar, butter, chocolate and of course Kentucky bourbon. Simply wonderful. So go check out her recipe. They’d be great for the holidays. Just don’t forget the pecan on top.

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52 Responses to Great balls of bourbon

  1. JamieAnne says:

    Looks like a good holiday gift!

  2. midaevalmaiden says:

    now I’m off to follow that link!

  3. rutheh says:

    Incredibly festive looking! Love those healthy looking pecans, too.

  4. I’ll have to make these along with pecan pie, which has already been requested by my sister for Thanksgiving. Great photo!

  5. You already know how I feel about chocolate, so you should already know what my fingers are doing right now Katherine.. they are trying to find a piece of chocolate of my own while reading this lol. Love this

  6. They look so elegant with the pecans on top

  7. These look mouthwatering! Want chocolate… now πŸ™‚

  8. I’m just waiting for the recipe which includes pouring Bourbon over your breakfast cereal! The chocolates look great, by the way.

  9. rsmacaalay says:

    Pecans, chocolate and liquor, what’s not to like here. Yum!

  10. These look amazing. I wish I had bourbon balls…

  11. niasunset says:

    I wished too… πŸ™‚

  12. Carolyn Chan says:

    Mouthfuls of goodness!

  13. They look absolutely incredible!

  14. Any ideas on how to keep the squirrels from devouring our pecans? We have 6 pecan trees and can hardly ever find any pecans. I continue to buy our annual stash at Kroger. Those will have to be gifts.

  15. Those will have to be gifts…the bourbon balls…I mean.

  16. ChgoJohn says:

    Love the “C’est la vie!” translation but I want 1 of those bourbon balls … OK, make it 2 … all right give me three and I won’t bother you for a 4th … Well, we’ll see.

  17. haha c’est la vie indeed πŸ™‚ I think these would be absolutely terrific for the holidays!

  18. Charles says:

    Wonderful – little bourbon truffle type things. What a great Christmas gift. I got sent some “Bourbon Chocolate” recently by someone I know in Montana. After trying a little I detected a rather odd after-taste. Checking the instructions I was rather bemused to see “CONTAINS NO ALCOHOL” stamped in large letters on the back :/

  19. Eva says:

    Those little beauties would make a gorgeous present. Very nice indeed.

  20. These are the recipes that get me in trouble at 8:11 am on a Sunday morning. I have everything needed to make these… dangerous!

  21. Your bourbon balls looks great! Perfect bite sized little treats.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  22. These are spectacular little bourbon bites! Bourbon Balls are one of our go-to recipes here in Nashville for the Holidays that are looming…yes, I said looming. Your recipe is so much better and tasty than so many I have tried. I love the influence your Bourbon Trail trip has had on so many of your recent posts. Well Done!

  23. Stef says:

    They look fantastic (& easy to make – bonus!) Fun. πŸ™‚

  24. ceciliag says:

    Gorgeous Kathryn. And they would be lovely in a bright wee box with a big ribbon! c

  25. Kelly says:

    “C’est la vie, as the French say. Or, as we Americans say, well, crap.” Hee-hee, great line. I’m no cake/candy maker, but these bourbon balls look pretty smashing to me.

  26. Kristy says:

    Well, crap. I love it!

    And I like Greg’s philosophy on tasting and being offered food. I don’t think we’ve been to too many wineries where they offer food with the wine. And the ones that have seem to offer chocolate, which I don’t eat…But I’m going to remember this tip.

  27. Bread to clean the palate between varieties is acceptable…anything else is sketchy…

    I’m starting to think we all need to do a Christmas Cookie recipe exchange the first week of December…

  28. Judy says:

    These would be great for gathering during the holidays. Of course, chocolate is good anytime, but they seem more like a special treat πŸ™‚

  29. Courtney says:

    Bourbon Balls – my husband’s fantasy come true. Or at least one of them. πŸ™‚

  30. Rachel says:

    And remember, that’s “pih-cawn” not “pee-can”! πŸ™‚ Mmmm…!!

  31. A sweet piece of heaven…I have weakness for chocolates such as these. A joy of a post once again.

  32. Sissi says:

    I always add some rum to my unbaked chocolate balls, so this would be an interesting change. Bourbon and pecans sound like a great combination.

  33. One of my favorite chocolates as a kid was a rum ball. Strange, I know, but these remind me of them and I don’t see how you could go wrong with a nice bourbon, chocolate and pecans. Yours turned out beautifully!

  34. ....RaeDi says:

    C’est la vie oh yes I mean crap… I am laughing so hard I have tears! This is the best post I’ve read for a few days, and I sure needed it! You two must be so much fun! I loved bourbon and rum balls and these look delicious and the picture is beautiful. The mix of the chocolate, pecans and bourbon that says it all! Thanks you two….RaeDi

  35. Holy Hanna those look so yummy, not helping my chocolate craving tho.

  36. Those look so cute! And delicious!

  37. Pretty much all I can say is yum yum, gimme some.

  38. Kas says:

    Can you send some over my way please? πŸ™‚

  39. These look great Katharine! I was just thinking I’d love a little after dinner mint… Oh gosh, now I really want one!

  40. Gorgeous and they look so pretty…and I love the translation!

  41. spicegirlfla says:

    Katherine you did a great job on these bourbon balls!! Sugar and alchol will have me on a real sugar high, but what the heck, I’d have to try one..or two πŸ™‚

  42. ambrosiana says:

    C’est la vie = crap….OMG that is so funny!! Those burbon balls look so deliciously decadent!!

  43. Caroline says:

    Can’t go wrong with alcoholic candy, these look great! When I was working at a magazine a while back, we went on a mini field trip to find new places in the area and found this quaint chocolate shop. Even though I don’t like chocolate, the owner convinced me to try one of the chocolate balls filled with a shot of vodka. Needless to say, my throat burned a bit! I tried my hardest not to grimace…

  44. randommanda says:

    This looks divine!! I love the whole pecans on top… and any candy with alcohol!

  45. One of my very favorite things in this world. I could easily make myself sick on these! YUM-YUM

  46. spiderpaw says:

    Sheila makes a christmas spread every year that includes shortbread (of course) and rum truffles. I’m going to add this to the mix.

  47. SimpleP says:

    Another one for the holiday cookie tray! Yum!

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