Bourbon Balls for the Kentucky Derby

Bourbon Balls are a relatively easy-to-prepare dessert that highlights the pride of Kentucky: Bourbon. These no-bake sweet treats are the perfect dessert offering for any Derby party.

Ingredients:
1 box Vanilla Wafers
1 cup Pecans
2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
1 cup Bourbon, divided
2 tablespoons Light Corn Syrup

Procedure:
Soak Pecans in 1/2 cup Bourbon for 2 or more hours
Drain Pecans, saving reserve Bourbon
Toast pecans in a single layer in 300 degree oven for 12-15 minutes
In a food processor, crumble Vanilla wafers into fine powder
Once cooled, crumble toasted Pecans into fine powder
In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly blend Vanilla Wafers, Toasted Pecans and Cocoa Powder
Add 1/2 cup Bourbon & 2 tablespoons Corn Syrup and mix well
Pinch off mixture and roll into 1 inch balls
Roll each ball in powdered sugar
Refrigerate for 2 hours, minimum
Remove Bourbon Balls from refrigerator
Bourbon balls will absorb some of the Powdered Sugar while chilling;
If desired, roll each ball again in Powdered Sugar before serving.

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