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Bourbon Balls

It’s that time of the year for holiday parties, and so my focus is changing toward cookie trays and treats. In fact, I was considering doing a little series here next week, a Cookie Week similar to the Pie Week I did for Thanksgiving last year with a different cookie each day, Monday through Friday. If you’re interested, let me know in the comments! Now, as you can see, today I have a recipe for bourbon balls. I adapted my recipe for last year’s Kahlua balls to make these slightly more boozy treats – these are a little stronger, and you can definitely taste the bourbon all the way down, so I wouldn’t recommend letting kids get ahold of these! They’re quite delightful with a mug of hot cocoa or eggnog though, and make a quick and easy addition to any goodie tray. Enjoy!

In a large bowl, whisk together the crushed crackers or cookies and powdered sugar.

Stir in the vanilla extract, agave, bourbon, and chocolate until the dough comes together.

Shape the dough into 1″ balls. Roll them each in the granulated sugar.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days to develop the flavor. Makes 20-25 balls.

Posted by on December 11, 2012.


Categories: desserts & sweets

21 Responses

  1. These look heavenly!

    by Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar on Dec 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm

  2. I can attest to the fact that these things were AMAZING!!!

    by Stephchows on Dec 11, 2012 at 12:33 pm

  3. you had me at “you can definitely taste the bourbon all the way down”! I’m so making these 🙂 and hiding them from the kids!

    by Kim of Mo'Betta on Dec 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm

  4. Oh dear, these look dangerous! My husband would LOVE these, as he’s a big bourbon fan!

    by Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! on Dec 11, 2012 at 12:44 pm

  5. I have never met a bourbon ball I didn’t like 🙂 Or LOVE!

    by Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen on Dec 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm

  6. You know I’m a huge fan of Bourbon. I bet these would be fab with Southern Comfort as well.

    by Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies on Dec 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm

  7. I LOVE bourbon, and do not think I could handle waiting 2-3 days to eat these! Definitely do a cookie week! I need ideas!

    by Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen on Dec 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm

  8. Can I substitute corn syrup or molasses for the agave syrup?

    by Sharon on Dec 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm

  9. I would love to see a cookie week!

    by kate on Dec 11, 2012 at 7:25 pm

  10. These might be happening at my 12/21/12 party!

    by Jen @ Savory Simple on Dec 11, 2012 at 8:31 pm

  11. Yum!! I want to try making these this year, or rum balls… and yes, I support your Cookie Week idea!

    by Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) on Dec 11, 2012 at 8:50 pm

  12. Fun! It’s always nice to have a few adult treats around.

    by Rachel @ Baked by Rachel on Dec 11, 2012 at 10:45 pm

  13. A cookie week sounds like a fun idea.

    by Catherine on Dec 12, 2012 at 12:55 am

  14. I have a friend who uses chocolate biscuit crumbs…and they taste great too!

    by Jayne on Dec 12, 2012 at 6:30 am

  15. I’m underage, therefor I should probably not have these. But I do love the way they look. So pretty and sparkley 🙂

    by Becca - Cookie Jar Treats on Dec 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

  16. Yes yes YES to Cookie Week! I am so ready to get my holiday bake on! 🙂

    by Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe on Dec 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm

  17. yay for cookie week!
    (and boozy cookies)

    by liz on Dec 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm

  18. Sharon – Yes you can!

    by Tracy on Dec 12, 2012 at 5:02 pm

  19. Mmm, I love bourbon. Sounds delish!

    by Noëlle on Dec 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm

  20. Hello from the UK, I found this link to these Bourbon balls and am going to try them this year for after dinner sweets to go with our coffee, they look amazing. I will do them with gluten free vanilla biscuits tho’. I will let you know how they turn out : )

    by Lesley on Dec 18, 2012 at 8:24 am

  21. These look too good! And how easy are they! I can’t wait to give these a try. Will let you know how they go. Thank you

    by MissFoodFairy on Jun 8, 2013 at 4:34 am

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