Bourbon Christmas Balls are a very different kind of dessert for this holiday season, but definitely one worthy of making an appearance at your Christmas party! It’s like a sweet, delicious cocktail in ball form! The rich, smoky flavor of the bourbon infuses each buttery, vanilla-flavored sweet loaded with crunchy pecans. Then, each one is coated in a distinct flavor, like cocoa, powdered sugar, and even more pecans, kind of like rimming a cocktail glass for an extra flavor bomb! Bourbon Christmas Balls are a breeze to make and a festive addition to your holiday spread!


For the bourbon balls:

  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

For the toppings:

  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder


Step 1 –In large bowl, add the wafers, the butter, the bourbon, the corn syrup, the vanilla extract, 2 cups of the confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 cup of the pecans, and the salt and stir to combine.

Step 2 –Cover the bowl and chill until firm, about 30 minutes.

Step 3 –In a shallow bowl or rimmed plate, add the remaining confectioners’ sugar.

Step 4 –In a separate shallow bowl or rimmed plate, add the remaining pecans.

Step 5 –In a third shallow bowl or rimmed plate, add the cocoa powder.

Step 6 –Transfer the wafer mixture from the refrigerator and shape it into 1-inch balls. You should get about 30-33 balls.

Step 7 –Roll 1/3 of the balls in the powdered sugar, 1/3 of the balls in the pecans, and 1/3 of the balls in the cocoa powder.

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Step 8 –Serve.