Introduction: Bourbon Pecan Pie Candy Balls

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These candy balls were inspired by bourbon pecan pie, which is my absolute favorite pie EVER!

Who doesn't like bourbon pecan pie?

Monsters. That's who.

These little confections are sweet and gooey and luscious and don't require any baking! Yay!

And how fun to serve these at a party! Everyone will think you're super crazy fancy.

Step 1: Ingredients

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For approximately 24 balls, you will need:

  • 2 tbsp Bourbon
  • ½ cup Crushed pecans ("cookie pieces" size)
  • ½ cup Light corn syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 tbsp Sweet butter (room temperature)
  • 2 cups Vanilla wafer cookies (Nabisco Nilla Wafer kind; pulverized)
  • Powdered sugar

Step 2: Marinate

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Combine the pecans, corn syrup, bourbon, and salt.

Cover and let stand for 1 hour at room temperature.

Step 3: Dough

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Combine the pecan mixture with the vanilla wafers and butter until you have a thick dough.

Cover and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes until scoopable.

Step 4: Form

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Form approximately 24 balls. A ½ oz disher helps.

Refrigerate to set.

Step 5: Coat

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Coat the balls with powdered sugar.

Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.


CindyJ46 (author)2016-12-13

I want to try gingersnaps instead of vanilla wafers , I do the same for pies . Not a fan of the wafers , only with peanut butter . Thanks !

picture perfect17 (author)2015-01-07

Dude that looks so yummmmy.
Now I want some.....????????????

You can still do this without the bourbon. :D

Ninzerbean (author)2015-01-01

These are my favorite type of cookies in the world! I will try your recipe as soon as the stores open again to get the vanilla wafers - is there any substitute for the wafers that can be made vs bought by any chance?

AngryRedhead (author)Ninzerbean2015-01-01

Nilla wafer copycat recipes exist such as this one.

Let me know how they turn out! :)

slapphappe (author)2014-12-29

Which type did Vanilla Wafers did you use? There appear to be two kind of vanilla wafers on store shelves -- some like ice cream wafer cones e.g. Voortman, Homekist, and others more like conventional cookies by Nabisco, Kroger, Bud's Best and Murray et. al. Since you mention "cookies" I think you mean the latter, right?

AngryRedhead (author)slapphappe2014-12-29

Whoops! I mean the Nabisco Nilla Wafers kind although I used generic. :P

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