Easy Bourbon Balls That'll Make You Feel Like You're in Kentucky

Our bets are on this recipe!

September 02, 2020

Related To:

Bourbon Balls

Bourbon Balls

Photo by: Teri Lyn Fisher

Teri Lyn Fisher

Get a Premium Subscription to the Food Network Kitchen App

Download Food Network Kitchen to sign up and get access to live and on-demand cooking classes, in-app grocery ordering, meal planning, an organized place to save all your recipes and much more.

More than 150,000 people visit Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby every year — that is, except this year. The time-honored tradition will run in 2020 without fans. Just because you have to watch the 146th Kentucky Derby from home, though, doesn't mean you have to bridle all your excitement. Kick off your sparsely attended viewing party on September 5 with our delicious, easy-to-make bourbon balls. They're bound to make you feel like a winner!

Start the Bourbon Balls (pictured above) in your food processor, pulsing together vanilla wafer cookies and pecan halves. Then simply add in cocoa powder, confectioners' sugar, bourbon, dark corn syrup, a little vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Roll the balls together, then chill them in the fridge until they firm up slightly.

You could easily enjoy the bourbon balls after they've been in the fridge for about 10 minutes. But our bittersweet chocolate coating, which is melty and ready for dipping faster than the most-exciting two minutes in sports, is what really makes them a champion dessert.

Use two forks to dip the balls in the smooth chocolate mixture, then top each one with a crunchy pecan half and return them to the refrigerator to set. You'll be ready to pop a bourbon ball into your mouth in just 45 minutes, from start to finish.

Ready to take the reins? Try Food Network Kitchen's recipe for bourbon balls today and transport yourself to Kentucky, without ever leaving the comfort of home.

Related Content:

Next Up

6 Valentine’s Day Desserts for People Who Just Aren’t That Into Chocolate

If you don't click with the classic Valentine's Day flavor, aim for a fruity pink and red dessert instead.

How to Make Whipped Cream

And make sure it lasts in the fridge.

What Is Melba Sauce? And How to Make It

This classic raspberry dessert sauce dates all the way back to the late 19th century, and was named in honor of a famous opera singer.

Individual Desserts Guests Won't Be Able to Stop Talking About

Cakes are great, but tiny sweets you don’t have to share? Even better.

Your Weekend Cooldown: Frozen Peanut Butter Bites

If the summer heat has you bogged down, take refuge in this easy-to-make frozen dessert.

5 Graduation Dessert Tables That Deserve an A+

Study these stylish displays and you’ll have no trouble creating your own when it’s time to celebrate your grad!

Peaches Aren’t the Only Fruit You Can Grill — and These 5 Desserts Prove It

Give everything from berries to mango a major flavor upgrade.