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a fudgy pecan bourbon ball

Fudgy Pecan Bourbon Balls

Jenny from Not Entirely Average
This 'Southern all the way around' recipe for Fudgy Pecan Bourbon Balls may just be the quintessential symbol of Christmas in the South.
3.29 from 7 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Chill 3 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 bourbon balls
Calories 95 kcal


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    Ingredients for Fudgy Pecan Bourbon Balls


    The Method

    • Place chocolate in a medium bowl. Bring bourbon just to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat until it begins to steam. Add the heavy cream and bring to a simmer once again. Remove from heat, and pour cream mixture over chocolate. Let stand 1 minute.
    • Stir vigorously until cream and chocolate are thoroughly blended. Let mixture cool 15 minutes. Cover the surface of the chocolate with plastic wrap, and chill until firm, about 2 hours. (If you cannot make the truffles immediately, the mixture will keep, covered, in the fridge up to 1 week.)
      plastic wrap over chocolate
    • Place chopped pecans on a shallow plate. A pie plate works great for this step. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • Working quickly and using a small warmed teaspoon (dipped into hot water and then dried), scoop chilled chocolate mixture by 2-teaspoon portions, and shape each into a ball. Place each ball on the bed of chopped pecans. Once the plate is filled, wash hands and roll balls in pecans to completely cover. Transfer balls to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chocolate mixture and pecans until you have finished the chocolate.
    • ** NOTE: I roll twice; I roll and chill, then roll again. I want my bourbon balls well-coated in chopped pecans.
    • Chill balls until firm, about 1 hour. (Or freeze until firm, about 10 minutes.) Enjoy them now, gift them, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week.


    Serving: 1Bourbon BallCalories: 95kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 12mgPotassium: 76mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 73IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg
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