Bourbon Balls

A favorite of ours at holiday time! These bourbon balls will keep for a long time, and they only get better with age.

Bourbon Balls


  • 3 cups crushed vanilla wafers
  • 1 1/2 cups ground nuts
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons dark Karo syrup
  • 1/2 cup bourbon (rum, brandy or sherry may be used)


  1. Mix all dry ingredients together in bowl.
  2. Mix syrup and bourbon together and add slowly to dry ingredients.
  3. Form into 3/4- to 1-inch balls.
  4. Roll in confectioners' sugar or granulated sugar.
  5. Store in a closed container in the refrigerator.

From the family recipe collection of Linda Jolly and Lisa Stephens.