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Cocoa Bourbon Balls

The holiday baking season is here!

I’ve officially made my first treats of the season. Funnily enough, though, they were both no-bake treats. It still counts though, right?

This recipe came from one of my old recipe tins. I must’ve written it down somewhere between 8-10 years ago. While I was going through the tin for inspiration, this one really stood out to me.

First, it’s boozy. Like, REALLY boozy. Second, it combines two of my favorite things: Nilla wafers and pecans. When have you read a recipe with Nilla wafers in it that WASN’T banana pudding? I’ll wait.

These made about 12 balls and that’s really all you need. I wouldn’t recommend taking them to work, but an adult holiday party might be the best place for them. Like I said, they are BOOZY.


Cocoa Bourbon Balls

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Boozy, chocolatey treats perfect for a holiday party.


  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1 cup finely chopped Nilla wafers
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 TBS. cocoa
  • 2 TBS. corn syrup
  • Directions

    1. In a small bowl, add pecans and 1/4 cup bourbon. Let pecans soak in bourbon for 2-3 hours in the fridge.
    2. Preheat4 oven to 325 degrees. Spread the pecans onto a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly toasted. Let pecans cool.
    3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pecans, remaining 1/4 cup bourbon, Nilla wafers, cocoa powder, powdered sugar and corn syrup. Stir until smooth (mixture will be slightly wet, but firm enough to roll into balls).
    4. Using wet hands, roll into 1″ balls. Roll balls into granulated sugar and store in an airtight container.

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