12 Weeks of Christmas Treats ~ Week 11 ~ Decadent Bourbon Balls

Decadent Bourbon Balls by Bakewell Junction

Decadent Bourbon Balls by Bakewell Junction

It’s the eleventh week of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats blog hop hosted by Brenda Thompson from MealPlanningMagic.com.  If you’d like to join us, please fill out the form on Brenda’s blog.

This week I’m sharing a quick and easy no-bake recipe that I tried for the first time last year.  These were a hit last Christmas and I made them for the Christmas lunch at work this year.  They are addicting and delicious.  My co-workers loved them and that sort of reaction is the best part of sharing these goodies.

Some time around the end of last year my husband found a new Jack Daniels bourbon – it’s Honey Jack Daniels.  Honey liquor plus Jack Daniels creates a unique flavor.  If you can find some, be sure to try it in this recipe.


Decadent Bourbon Balls

Yield:  50 balls                  Cook Time:  no bake


  • 60 vanilla wafers, finely crushed (I use Nilla Wafers in the mini chopper)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup blanched almonds, finely chopped (used the mini chopper)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1/4 cup Honey Jack Daniels or your favorite bourbon


  • 1 cup powdered sugar, divided


Step 1:  In a medium bowl, mix together Nilla crumbs, powdered sugar, almonds and cocoa.  In a small bowl mix honey and butter together until well combined.  Add the butter mixture to the crumb mixture and stir until well combined.

Step 2:  Dissolve instant coffee in the bourbon.  Mix well with crumb mixture and set aside for 15 minutes.

Step 3:  Shape dough into 1 inch balls and roll in 1/2 cup powdered sugar for garnish.  Let sit overnight and roll in remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar for a second coating.

Tips:  You can substitute rum for the bourbon to make rum balls.  You can substitute cinnamon sugar, green and red sprinkles, Christmas confetti, colored sugar crystals or your favorite coating.  Note that Christmas confetti and sprinkles need to be pressed into the dough balls as they don’t stick very well.

Storing:  Store balls in a sealed plastic container at room temperature.  The balls are fine for several days when stored this way.


Adapted from Decadent Rum Balls on Allrecipes.com.

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