Scotty’s Birthday Bourbon Balls
For those of you who’ve been reading for awhile, you may remember last year’s chocolate bourbon cupcakes that I made for my darling Scott’s birthday. Those cupcakes were epically delish, so naturally I thought of them first when Scott requested another boozey treat for this year’s birthday. However, knowing I couldn’t very well just re-post a recipe, I quickly thought of the next best bourbon-soaked idea: My mom’s bourbon balls.
Bourbon balls were one of the many cookies my mom used to whip up during the holidays, but the only one I never ate. Despite the fact that the kids weren’t really allowed to eat this no-bake, liquored up confection, just the whiff I’d get upon opening up a tin full of them was extremely off-putting to me. To this day I don’t even like drinking bourbon or other whiskeys, but I do enjoy using it to bake, especially when paired with chocolate. The scent of these treats is intoxicating and after you’ve eaten one, you feel almost as if you’d taken a shot of the real stuff! Almost… don’t worry you’ll be fine behind the wheel if you’ve had a few of these, but I’d recommend avoiding a breathalyzer!
These cookies are really easy to make, as they require minimal ingredients and no baking! So what are you party animals waiting for? Get to it!
Sidebar about my food props here: I was inspired by the photography in Baked Explorations and liked the idea of using some antique-looking stuff. What I ended up using were some of Scott’s belongings which I feel is appropriate since his bday is all about celebrating him! So these cookies are displayed alongside: the bourbon used in these cookies, a cigar box, and the box that holds his gun-cleaning kit. Love my boy and his affinity for hobbies!
Bourbon Balls (Makes about 3 dozen-but I recommend doubling the recipe!)
- 3 Cups Ground Vanilla Wafers
- 1 Cup Ground Pecans
- 1 Cup Confectioners Sugar
- 3 TBS Light Corn Syrup
- 1 1/2 TBS Cocoa
- 1/2 Cup Bourbon (I used Eagle Rare- you’ll have leftover so you’ll wanna make sure its something you like drinking)
- Extra Confectioners Sugar, for rolling
Grind the vanilla wafers and pecans separately, using a food processor, and measure into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the 1 cup of confectioners sugar and cocoa, mix well. Add the corn syrup and bourbon and mix to combine. Form the dough into small balls using your hands. To assure more uniform size, I used a mini cookie scoop to measure out each wad of dough before rolling. Roll each ball into confectioners sugar.
The dough will feel a little wet, as if its raw cookie dough, but after sitting out coated with the confectioners sugar, they dry out a little and become perfectly moist little bites. Enjoy!