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Southern Living’s Bourbon Balls

A classic holiday cookie recipe for no-bake spiked bourbon balls from Southern Living to share with friends and family.

A classic holiday cookie recipe for no-bake spiked bourbon balls from Southern Living to share with friends and family.

I’m exhausted people.

I have been a baking machine the past few days and have loved every minute of it.  I have never baked so many cookies in such a short time in my life.  I’m taking my time, measuring all the ingredients like I know I should be and things are tasting good.  I get it now…I get why you all love baking so much.  Not sure if I’m up for it all year long, but for the time being I’m having fun.  I’m thinking eventually I’ll be able to get all my pictures taken and uploaded and recipes shared with you all…

A classic holiday cookie recipe for no-bake spiked bourbon balls from Southern Living to share with friends and family.

In the meantime, enjoy these little guys.  I made these last year and again this past week.  I wouldn’t consider these little bourbon balls cookies…but more so spiked “no-bake” yummies.  They are a fun treat to add to any cookie plate or to bring to a holiday party.  They pack quite a little punch in a such a little bite.  Everyone I’ve given these to have loved them…so if you are looking for a little something different and fun to make, these are them.  And you don’t have to turn on the oven for them either.  Which could be a good thing if you are totally baked out.  Oh, and be sure to keep them away from the kiddos.

A classic holiday cookie recipe for no-bake spiked bourbon balls from Southern Living to share with friends and family.

Pack them up in a holiday tin as shown with individual bourbon balls in mini muffin cups. They really make a fun gift for neighbors, coworkers and friends!

Print Recipe

Bourbon Balls


  • 1  (12-oz.) package vanilla wafers, finely crushed
  • 1  cup  chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 3/4  cup  powdered sugar
  • 2  tablespoons  cocoa
  • 2 1/2  tablespoons  light corn syrup
  • 1/2  cup  bourbon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Powdered  sugar


1. Combine vanilla wafers, pecans, powdered sugar, and cocoa in a large bowl; stir well.

2. Combine corn syrup and bourbon, stirring well. Pour bourbon mixture over wafer mixture; stir until blended. Shape into 1-inch balls; roll in additional powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.

Recipe slightly adapted from Southern Living Best Loved Cookies

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21 comments on “Southern Living’s Bourbon Balls”

  1. These look AMAZING! Tired, but worth it, I’m sure! 🙂

  2. Oh man these look fabulous!!!!

  3. Oh yeah – these are right up my alley. What a pretty gift they would make (after sampling at least a dozen first).

  4. A lovely little treasure to share with guests Aggie. Enjoy all the other treasures the holidays bring.

  5. These would be fabulous after dinner with a cup of coffee… especially when entertaining. Thanks for sharing. I’m bookmarking these to serve soon… Have a super day Friend!

  6. I love this time of year and all of the baking 🙂 So wonderful 🙂 🙂 Your bourbon balls look gorgeous all wrapped up. Very festive. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

  7. You can’t go wrong with serving these. Looks amazing! Happy holidays to you!

  8. I too have been baking up a storm..have I taken any photos??? NO.
    I am such a slacker. These look like little balls of yummy-ness!

  9. Whoa, this just brought back some crazy memories of my childhood when we’d go over to my friends house to make these. We always sampled the bourbon when the parents weren’t looking but we could never hide our watering eyes and coughing!

  10. These look great! I like how they are “no bake” and delicious! In case we don’t chat on Twitter in next couple days…Buon Natale Aggie! 🙂

  11. Those bring back memories of the one’s my mom made when I was growing up. I had forgotten about them!

  12. I make the same thing but with rum instead of bourbon. I bet these are just as good if not better!! YUM!!

  13. I’ve been baking up a storm too since I’m off work for a few days. I’ve got more cookies I’m making today. I don’t think I’ve ever had bourbon balls but have definitely heard of them. I love that they are no bake. Perfect for the holiday season.

  14. I am one of those who loves to bake and have been forcefully deprived this Christmas! The stomach flue has been circulating this household for 2 weeks and it finally hit me the day before Christmas Eve. I am still recuperating 🙁 It sounds like you got enough baking done for the two of us! These look and sounds absolutely wonderful, Merry Christmas!

  15. I cannot believe I spelled flu as “flue”. Ugh

  16. ooh, bourbon balls. i haven’t had those since i was a kid! wait, is that weird?

  17. Oh wow! My mouth is watering! I wish I would’ve found these before the holidays! I’ll have to remember them for next year, definitely! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Wow do these ever look heavenly! Thanks so much for sharing I will definitely have to give these a try! I am your newest follower.


  19. They look sooo yummy! Will surely try them! Thanks for posting!

  20. They look and sound delicious, and easy to make!