Homemade Candy #Recipe: Kentucky Bourbon Balls

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This is an amazingly easy recipe to make and all the ingredients are easy to find. They are definitely made MUCH easier if you have a Cuisinart food processor and a Kitchenaid mixer! You can adjust the amount of bourbon in your recipe a little bit, just adjust the amount of sweetened condensed milk to balance the liquid. You want the dough a little wet at first. As it sits, it firms up a bit!

My husband likes his bourbon balls to really scream WOW when he bites into it so these might be a little strong for your liking!

Kentucky Bourbon Balls
(makes about 5 dozen)


1 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup good bourbon
2 cups powdered sugar
3 cups crushed vanilla wafers (you want as fine a powder as you can get)
1/4 cup cocoa
1/3 cup (or more) sweetened condensed milk (enough to make a slightly wet but moldable dough)
melted dipping chocolate


1. Soak the nuts in the bourbon 2 to 3 hours
2. Add remaining ingredients into mixing bowl and mix until well combined
3. Let sit in a covered bowl for 30 minutes or so to allow the flavors to blend and the dough to firm up
4. Roll into balls (1 1/2 inch wide or so)
5. Dip into melted chocolate and decorate as desired. Chopped nuts or candy writers work well!


2 thoughts on “Homemade Candy #Recipe: Kentucky Bourbon Balls”

  1. My hubby will love these! I’ve been looking for an easy recipe for bourbon balls and thanks to you, I’ve found one that looks easy and delicious!

    Thanks for sharing and co-hosting every week!

    ~Mrs B


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