Are you looking for something different to serve at this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day party? Look no further!
Being new arrivals in Kentucky, one of the ways Karen and her husband started to acclimate was to complete the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. After most of the distillery tours, they were served Bourbon Balls; a very delicious treat that was also an alarmingly expensive one in the gift shops. Thankfully, at a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs in Louisville, they acquired a recipe card with a simple recipe for Bourbon Balls. They tried the recipe twice, the first time with plain dark chocolate and the second time with primarily mint dark chocolate and some plain dark chocolate.
1 stick of butter
1 box of powdered sugar (3 1/2 cups)
1 cup chopped pecans
4 tablespoons of your favorite Bourbon whiskey (We tried Trader Joe’s first)
4 ounces semisweet chocolate
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (8 ounces 70% dark chocolate was used for the first batch, and 6 ounces of mint with 2 ounces dark chocolate were used for the second)
While chopped pecans were purchased, the pieces were still too large, so they were run through the blender and chopped into finer pieces.
One stick of butter did not seem like it would blend well with such a large amount of powdered sugar and chopped pecans, but surprisingly, it did after some coaxing. The Bourbon added just enough liquid to make the mixture easy to form into balls.
The next day, starting with an inch of water boiled in a pot, the burner temperature was then lowered so the water simmered, and the chocolate was broken into the double boiler (Note: if you don’t have a double boiler, you can use a glass measuring cup, a smaller saucepan, or an emptied and cleaned metal coffee grounds container). A second cookie sheet was lined with waxed paper to receive the covered Bourbon Balls.
The candy dipping purchased on sale at Jo-Ann Fabrics worked well, but a spoon or fork would also work.
As one ball was removed from the chocolate, another was added.
The recipe makes about 4 dozen Bourbon Balls, but these were made a little smaller about the size of a nickel and so this particular batch made 72 balls which were layered with waxed paper into containers and frozen to be divided into gift boxes later.
Now that we know these are so simple to make, we can’t wait to try the recipe over and over again with different combinations of Bourbons and chocolates!
These can easily be decorated with pecan halves, colored icing, tiny pecan pieces, or anything else that strikes your fancy.