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Gold-Dusted Bourbon Pecan Balls



  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon edible gold powder
  • 2 cups vanilla-wafer crumbs (from about 55 cookies)
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted, cooled, and chopped fine
  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • 3 tablespoons honey


  1. In a small bowl sift together cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar and whisk in gold powder until combined well.
  2. In a bowl stir together wafer crumbs and pecans.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together bourbon, remaining 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, and honey and pour into crumb mixture, stirring with a fork until combined well.
  4. Form teaspoons of mixture into balls and roll, 4 at a time, in cocoa mixture.
  5. Bourbon balls may be kept, in layers separated by wax paper, in an airtight container lined with wax paper, in a cool dry place 1 week.

Makes about 4 1/2 dozen bourbon balls.

Source: Gourmet, December 1995

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