Bourbon Balls – 12 Days of Cookies

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Day 10 of our 12 Days of Cookies extravaganza thing, and I have to say that I almost didn’t make these bourbon balls because they seemed more like a confection than a cookie to me, except for the fact that they start with a whole bag of Oreos. Yes, crushed chocolate Oreos make the base for these decadent little treats, and the other taste treat is the bourbon soaked raisins.

Making these seemed like it would be so easy, and the mixing is very very easy; the rolling is what tripped me up. I ended up with some very sticky mixture that seemed to coat my hands in layers and I had to rinse my hands completely between each ball. Finally I decided the mixture needed some chilling time, so I covered it and stuck it in the frig hoping for a better rolling experience the next day. My hero, Michael, came to my rescue and rolled the remaining balls for me and his turned out beautifully. He coated them in cocoa before rolling and wore gloves to keep them from sticking so much.

The flavor is wonderful, though I would want more bourbon next time. One comment on the Gourmet site mentioned an experience with bourbon balls that sounds like the chef used considerably more bourbon than this recipe. In any case, plan ahead as these need to sit for at least a week before enjoying them to give the bourbon time to ferment with the sugar, but oh is it worth the wait.

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Bourbon Balls
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Adapted from Gourmet magazine.
Serves: 36 balls
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) chopped raisins
  • 1/4 cup (60 mil) bourbon
  • 2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs, about an 18 ounce package of Oreos or similar, with the cream scraped out (Sorry, I forgot to weigh these.)
  • 1/2 cup (55 g) firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) finely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup (60 mil) unsulfured molasses

  • finely chopped pecans
  • cocoa powder
  1. In the small bowl macerate (soak) the chopped raisins) in the bourbon for 15 minutes.
  2. In the large bowl stir well the chocolate wafer crumbs, dark brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Add the raisin mixture and molasses and stir until the mixture clumps together.
  3. Shape the mixture into 1-inch balls (we made them smaller). If the balls are a little dry and crumble, sprinkle some more bourbon over the mixture and stir again. Roll the balls in the chopped pecans or the cocoa powder.
  4. Store the bourbon balls in an airtight container in a cool dark place for at least 1 week before serving. Makes about 36 balls.
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small bowl
large mixing bowl
melon baller or similar small scoop
airtight storage container lined with wax paper or plastic wrap


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  1. says

    This is a great recipe, what can I use as an alternative to molasses, I have tried to look for it but just cannot seem to find it. When you look at them they look like plain truffles but after reading the recipe they sound great. I suppose if it is that tricky to roll them then maybe just cutting squares should be good enough.

  2. says

    I was going to make these but I had a hard time finding chocolate wafers (duh…oreos with the creme scraped out!!!). I do want to know what you did with all that yummy filling. I thought these looked to be real good. Did you really wait a week?

  3. says

    ooooooh – wow. Those look deadly delicious – and a cookie that starts with a different cookie has a wonderful zen quality to it :). Thanks so much for suggesting this project – it’s been a ton of fun!

  4. Terry says

    I make mine a little differently and thought you might like to try- next year- a different recipe.
    1st night 2 c chopped pecans add to 2/3 c rum
    2nd night 1 stick warm butter and 2 boxes powdered sugar- mix with rum and pecans
    3rd night shape into balls -let sit over night
    4th night cover in chocolate and enjoy
    These get better with age and even the non drinkers seem to love these.

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