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Kentucky Derby Bourbon Balls

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In celebration of Derby week, Lee Ann Miller with The Miller Haus Bed & Breakfast is is sharing her Bourbon Balls recipe that are sure to win over any Kentucky Derby party.


• 2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 8 ounces)

• 1 cup finely chopped toasted pecans

• 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, such as Nashville-made Olive & Sinclair 67% cacao chocolate, chopped

• 1/2 cup heavy cream

• 1/4 cup light corn syrup

• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1/3 cup bourbon

2. Optional coatings:

• Finely ground vanilla wafers

• Finely chopped pecans or other nuts

• Dusting of cocoa powder, cinnamon sugar, or confectioner's sugar


1. Combine the crushed wafers and pecans in a large bowl. Place the chopped chocolate in a separate bowl.

2. In a small saucepan, combine the cream, corn syrup, and cinnamon, place over medium heat, and bring to just a boil, stirring constantly. Immediately pour the mixture over the chopped chocolate and whisk to blend in the cream as the chocolate melts. Let cool for 1 to 2 minutes, then whisk in the bourbon.

3. Pour the chocolate mixture over the crumb-nut mixture and stir well to combine. Place in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes. Form the mixture into balls with a small melon baller (about 2 teaspoons), roll in coatings if desired, and arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Store in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 1 week.

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