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BIRD Bakery Decadent Bourbon Balls

Add some booze to an easy treat

Indulge in a post-holiday treat with this bourbon ball recipe from BIRD Bakery. These simple, yet delicious bourbon balls are the perfect bite-sized treats for any occasion. 

Tip: For a stronger bourbon taste, eliminate or reduce orange juice.

Recipe courtesy of BIRD Bakery


  • 1 1/2 cups Texas pecans
  • 11 ounces vanilla wafer cookies
  • 3/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup high-quality bourbon
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon edible gold dusting powder
  • 1 teaspoon high-quality vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Toast pecans on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, rotating regularly. Bake until golden brown and let cool.

In a food processor, pulse wafers into crumbs and then add cherries. Pulse lightly, and then add toasted pecans. Pulse mixture 3 more times.

In a large bowl, mix together the crumb-pecan mixture. Add 1 cup of cocoa, 1 cup of the confectioner’s sugar, and vanilla extract. Incorporate completely and add the corn syrup.

Stir in bourbon and orange juice. Mix thoroughly. 

Sift remaining 1/2 cup cocoa and 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar onto a large plate or flat surface.

Form the crumb mixture into 3/4-inch balls and roll them through the cocoa-sugar mixture, coating completely. Sprinkle with gold dusting powder if desired.