No-Bake Bourbon Balls

While it might not be possible for us to prepare a full course meal every single day, we can of course keep ready a few easy-to-make n’ serve snacks that can be paired with almost anything. So the no-bake bourbon balls are your savior. This means you don’t have to say goodbye to your visitors without treating them to something they would absolutely love.


  • 3 cups of finely crushed vanilla wafers
  • 1 cup of ground pecans
  • 1 cup of confectioner's sugar
  • 1 ½ tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp corn syrup
  • ½ cup of bourbon
  • For the coating:
  • 1 cup of confectioner's sugar, sifted

The Process

Take a medium sized bowl and put the crushed vanilla wafers, pecans, sugar, and cocoa powder. Mix them well, preferably using a hand blender. Now add the corn syrup to the mixture and start blending it. Once they have mixed well, pour the bourbon and blend some more. Let it rest for five or ten minutes. Now take small portions of the mixture in your hand and form balls and roll them in sugar before setting them on a tray. After you have finished making those sugar-coated bourbon balls, and not even a drop of that batter is left in the bowl, do nothing. Let them sit in room temperature for an hour. Now coat them again with sugar and refrigerate them for two to three hours. Your bourbon balls are ready and you can either have them chilled or otherwise with a neat dram of Passport Scotch or Monkey Shoulder, and for teetotalers, some Earl Grey or Silver Needle tea.

But here are a few things you should also keep in mind while making these no-bake cookies—grind the wafers and pecans to perfection. They should have a powdery consistency. In case your dough becomes too wet, add more wafer crumbs.

That aside, it is simple and easy to make. In fact, you can also try making this with different ingredients and see what works better for you. Replacing some of the cocoa powder with a bar of good dark chocolate is one way to make your creation even more decadent and delicious!