Bourbon Balls are the perfect gift for the cigar or pipe smoker in the family. The flavor complements the tobacco and like a hazy memory of Christmases past brings a faint but wistful smile to the lips.
75-80 vanilla wafers
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 cup bourbon
A dusting of powdered sugar
Crush vanilla wafers into tiny crumbs and put in a large mixing bowl (should be about 3 cups). Add 2 cups of powdered sugar, pecans and cocoa. Mix thoroughly.
Now add in bourbon and corn syrup. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls. Dust with powdered sugar (you may wish to dust with regular sugar instead). Refrigerate balls in a tightly covered container.
These are best when aged for a few days.
They can be attractively placed in quart jar with a ribbon tied around the mouth. No baking or wrapping required!
Depending on tastes, you may substitute either Rum or Brandy for the Bourbon.
Recipe makes about 60 balls.
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