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Crushed vanilla wafers are the base of this Bourbon Balls recipe. This sweet candy rolled in powdered sugar has pecans and a hint of cocoa. They are no bake which makes it an easy recipe for the holidays and gift giving.
OK, so I’m going to be 100% honest here when I say this recipe is a slight stretch for me. I don’t like bourbon. In fact? I don’t like alcohol at all. So why am I posting a recipe for bourbon balls? The story goes like this. I love looking through old cookbooks. One recipe that is common in old cookbooks is bourbon balls. I bought a bottle of bourbon for a barbecue sauce recipe and had about ¼ cup left. Because I didn’t want the bottle sitting in my cupboards, I flipped open my cookbooks and looked for a recipe I could use it in. Bourbon balls call for ¼ cup of bourbon. Boom. Problem solved!
I don’t mind the slight flavor of bourbon in baked goods or candies and these no bake candies are easy to make. This recipe is a win, and if you love bourbon or know someone who does, these bourbon candies are something new to try!
Vanilla wafers are the base to this easy bourbon ball cookies recipe. You’ll want to crush the cookies very finely so that the bourbon balls have the best texture.
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I found several recipes that allowed for different types of alcohol to be used in place of the bourbon, such as rum, whiskey, etc. Again, I don’t love alcohol so I would not be a good judge of the different flavors. I racked my brain for a non-alcoholic substitute for the bourbon and I really just couldn’t think of anything. The bourbon obviously gives this recipe it’s flavor, but if you happen to know of a substitute, I’d love to hear it!