These creamy Bourbon balls are the perfect combination of flavors. The balls are sweet and delicious and the small amount of bourbon greatly compliments the sweetness. Then, I suggest using semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate for dipping. A great contrast to the sweetness! These are so good and addicting, but don’t worry they make a lot.
- 2 cups sweetened coconut
- 1 can Sweetned Condensed Milk, such as Eagle Brand
- 2 sticks butter, room temperature
- 2 cups finely chopped pecans
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons bourbon, good quality, such as Woodford Reserve
- 1 thirty-two ounce bag powdered sugar
- 3 bags chocolate chips, 10 ounces each, semi-sweet or bittersweet, good quality, such as Ghirardelli
- Pecan halves for the tops, optional
- Add the coconut to a blender or food processor and pulse a couple times, until coconut is broken down into small pieces. Transfer to a large bowl.
- Add the sweetened condensed milk, butter, and pecans and mix with a wooden spoon until combined. Add the vanilla, bourbon, and about 1/2 of the bag of sugar. Mix until well combined. Continue adding sugar, about 1 cup at a time and mixing well after each addition, until all sugar is added.
- Chill mixture for at least 30 minutes. Roll into small balls and refrigerate for an additional 30 minutes.
- Add 1 bag of the chocolate chips to a small bowl and melt in 30 second intervals in a microwave until the chocolate is melted. It takes 2 thirty second intervals in my microwave.
- Remove about one dozen balls from the refrigerator at a time.
- Using a fork or dipping tool, dip balls one at time, allowing the excess chocolate to run off of the ball. Transfer each ball to a wax or parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Place a pecan half on top of each ball. Allow the chocolate to become firm and set before transferring balls to an air tight container.
- Prep time does not including 1 hour of chilling time.
- The yield in this recipe, depends on the size of the balls. I made 80 smaller balls and used almost 3 bags of chocolate chips.
- The amount of chocolate used, depends on how long you allow the chocolate to drip off the ball and back into the bowl.
- Feel free to cut this recipe in half if you don’t want to make a large batch.
- Category: candy
- Cuisine: American
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