Meemaw’s Bourbon Balls


  • 1 (12 ounce) package vanilla wafer cookies
  • 8 ounces pecans
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup bourbon whiskey
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut, or to taste (optional)
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, or to taste, for rolling


Grind cookies in a food processor into fine crumbs; transfer to a large mixing bowl.

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Grind pecans in the food processor; add to cookie crumbs. Stir 1 cup confectioners' sugar, bourbon whiskey, cocoa powder, and corn syrup with the cookies and pecans until the mixture holds together; roll into 3/4-inch balls.

Spread coconut onto a plate and 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar onto a separate plate. Roll balls in coconut and sugar to coat. Arrange balls onto a platter, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until hardened, at least 1 hour.