bourbon balls

bourbon balls [boor-buhn, bohr- bawl] noun


A bite-sized confection typically based on crushed cookies (often vanilla wafers) and finely chopped pecans, with corn syrup and bourbon to hold the mixture together. A coating of confectioners’ sugar helps to hold in the alcohol. They are easy to make but should then be allowed to age. Upon sitting in an airtight container – at least overnight and even up to one week – the textures and flavors meld and improve. Variations abound, including a rum ball, and sometimes they will appear chocolate coated as well. Bourbon balls are said to have originated in southeastern U.S., which makes sense, as it is bourbon country.

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