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Boozy Bourbon Balls "aka Kentucky Kernels"

A holiday chocolate confection made with bittersweet chocolate, powdered sugar, butter, and nuts soaked in a generous amount of Kentucky bourbon
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Refrigeration Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 70 balls
Calories 137kcal
Author Amee


  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 cup bourbon it's about a cup, just enough to cover nuts
  • 2 lbs confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 20 oz bag bittersweet Ghirardelli premium baking chips (60 % cacao)


  • Place chopped nuts in a mason jar or similiar sealed container and add just enough bourbon to completely cover nuts.
  • Allow nuts several days to soak (you want all that goodness soaked in for the best flavor)
  • Drain nuts, saving the bourbon.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and powdered sugar until blended.
  • Add nuts and just enough bourbon to get the best consistency for rolling into balls.
  • Scoop out mixture with a tablespoon and roll into balls.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm.
  • Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler until they are almost completely melted, but perfect for dipping (you want to temper the chocolate properly to avoid using that nasty paraffin wax)
  • Dip balls into chocolate, covering all sides, using a skewer and place onto wax paper to cool.
  • Store balls in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 82IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg