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Grown-Up Chocolate Bourbon Balls Recipe-20312

Photo by: Kate Sears
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Yield: Makes 24 bourbon balls


  • 6 ounces, chopped chocolate (bittersweet or semisweet),
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut up
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 cups (7 ounces) crisp vanilla wafer cookies, finely crushed, divided


1. Have ready a large, flat plate and make room in the fridge.

2. Heat the chocolate and butter in a medium saucepan or in the microwave in a medium bowl until just melted. Add the bourbon and stir until smooth and blended. Pour in ½ cups of the crushed cookies (save the remainder for coating). Stir until well blended.

3. Refrigerate until chilled and firm enough to shape, stirring frequently, about 20 minutes (for faster chilling, pop the bowl in the freezer).

4. Pour the remaining ½ cup crushed cookies into a small bowl. Shape the dough into 1¼-inch balls. Roll each ball in the remaining cookies until lightly coated and set on the plate. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve or for up to 4 days. Serve slightly chilled.



In place of the bourbon, switch in one of the following:

• 3 tablespoons orange juice or water

• 3 to 4 tablespoons other liqueur (dark rum, amaretto, orange liqueur, Frangelico, etc.)

Gussy It Up:

Roll the bourbon balls in chopped pistachios instead of cookie crumbs.

© 2010 Abigail Johnson Dodge

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information is based on 24 servings, and using 4 tablespoons of bourbon.

95kcal (5%)
6mg (1%)
0mg (0%)
25mcg RAE (1%)
11mg (4%)
22mg (1%)
3g (17%)
6g (9%)
0mg (2%)

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