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Cocoa Bourbon Balls

Bourbon or rum or brandy can be used for these no-bake cookies. These little bite-sized morsels are quick and easy to make. After mixing the ingredients together, roll into balls, then roll in sugar. 

Cocoa Bourbon Balls



1 cup finely crushed vanilla wafers (about 30 wafers)

1 cup confectioners (powdered) sugar

1 cup walnuts or pecans, finely chopped

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

¼ cup bourbon, rum, or brandy



½ cup granulated sugar


Tip: Use standard measuring cups and spoons or scales for accurate measuring.



  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine crushed vanilla wafers, confectioner’s sugar, nuts, cocoa, corn syrup, and bourbon rum or brandy; mix well with a wooden spoon.

  2. With slightly wet hands, Shape dough into small balls, about 1” in diameter. Tip: An ice cream scoop is ideal for making uniform-sized cookies.

  3. Roll the balls in granulated sugar until completely coated. Store in an airtight container.
    Makes about 3 dozen cookies