Kentucky Bourbon Balls

By on December 1, 2021

What could be better than original Kentucky Bourbon Balls straight from the Kentucky Derby Museum Cookbook. 



  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 box of powdered sugar (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 4 tablespoons bourbon
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 4 ounces bitter chocolate



  • Prepare this filling one day ahead. 
  • Start by softening the butter in the microwave for 15-20 seconds. Be very careful not to liquefy the butter. 
  • Mix the butter & sugar into a large mixing bowl and mix by hand for several minutes. 
  • After the butter & cream are mixed well, add chopped pecans & bourbon & mix all together. 
  • Feel free to add a splash more bourbon.
  • Use a teaspoon as guide to create little balls on a waxed lined cookie sheet. Don’t forget to taste test before placing in the refrigerator overnight.
  • On the next day, melt both sets of chocolates in a double boiler. 
  • Dip the chilled bourbon balls into the hot, melted chocolate using a skewer. 
  • Use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate over hard to reach places on the bourbon ball. 
  • Place the finished treats on wax paper, adding a whole pecan on top of each. 
  • Refrigeratorate to harden. 
  • Serve at room temperature & enjoy!



For more bourbon flavor, soak the pecans in bowl of bourbon overnight.Use Candy Chocolate Melts for best results.