Desserts Makers mark classic vanilla bourbon balls 494x396
Classic Vanilla Bourbon Balls

Classic Vanilla Bourbon Balls

Classic Vanilla Bourbon Balls

Classic is right. Because bourbon balls just don’t get any better than this. The only problem will be cooking enough for seconds, thirds and fourths.

Servings: 2 dozen balls
Ready In:


  • 1/2 cup Maker's Mark®
  • 9 ounces shortbread cookies
  • 1/2 cup of pecans, toasted
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips


  1. In a food processor, finely grind the shortbread. You should have 2 cups of crumbs. Add the pecans and confectioners’ sugar and pulse until the nuts are chopped. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring the bourbon to a boil. Remove from the heat and add 3/4 cup white chocolate chips. Stir until smooth. Pour into the pecan mixture and stir until well-combined. Form into sixteen 1-1/2-inch balls.
  3. Place the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips in a resealable plastic bag. Microwave in 20- second increments until melted, squeezing the chocolate in the bag to evenly melt. Snip a small hole in one corner and drizzle the chocolate onto the balls. Refrigerate in an airtight container until firm, at least 2 hours and up to 1 week.

Tags: Recipes, Desserts, Shortbread Cookies, Sugar, Chocolate Chips, Hungry, Boozy Baking