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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 Responses to “Southern Living’s Bourbon Balls”

  1. Caneel posted December 20, 2010 at 10:50 pm

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

  2. kathleen posted December 21, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Oh man these look fabulous!!!!

  3. Cookin' Canuck posted December 21, 2010 at 12:54 am

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

  4. peachkins posted December 21, 2010 at 6:53 am

    These are fantastic!

  5. bellini posted December 21, 2010 at 7:42 am

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

  6. Kim @ Quit Eating Out posted December 21, 2010 at 7:57 am

    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!

  7. Erica posted December 21, 2010 at 8:38 am

    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!

  8. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. posted December 21, 2010 at 8:46 am

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

  9. leslie posted December 21, 2010 at 9:30 am

    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!

  10. Diana @ frontyardfoodie posted December 22, 2010 at 10:02 am

    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!

  11. Lora @cakeduchess posted December 22, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    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! 🙂

  12. patsyk posted December 22, 2010 at 9:08 pm

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

  13. Jenn's Food Journey posted December 23, 2010 at 8:22 am

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

  14. Jamie posted December 24, 2010 at 10:33 am

    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.

  15. Amanda posted December 25, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    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!

  16. Amanda posted December 25, 2010 at 8:25 pm

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

  17. justcooknyc posted December 29, 2010 at 4:42 pm

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

  18. Caley posted December 30, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    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!

  19. erica @ fashionmeetsfood posted January 7, 2011 at 8:41 am

    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.


  20. Manu @ Chez Manu - Italian Home Cooking posted January 22, 2011 at 2:51 am

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

  21. Susie posted December 20, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    They look and sound delicious, and easy to make!   

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