Kentucky Bourbon Balls Recipe

| 12/24/2015 8:59:00 AM

Tags: recipes, cookies, bourbon, desserts, holidays, hazelnuts, Texas, Kentucky, Wendy Akin,


Back in the early 1950s, my family moved to northern Kentucky. We had the great fortune to live just down the street from Louella Schierland, one of the contributing authors of the iconic Joy of Cooking.

Mrs. Schierland gave my mother this recipe and I remember that these bourbon balls were stored in a coffee can in the refrigerator. Although I did sneak some as a 10-year-old, I don’t advise giving them to kids as they do contain uncooked bourbon.

We didn’t have food processors back in the 50s, nor many of the other great kitchen helpers we have today. I remember Mother put the vanilla wafers in a paper grocery bag (no plastic back then) and rolled and smashed them with her rolling pin.

I’ve made some changes to the original to avoid today’s GMOs. And, of course, I do have my trusty vintage 1978 Cuisinart! Makes about 40 treats.

Kentucky Bourbon Balls


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