Woodford Reserve Bourbon Balls ~ A sweet Father's Day Treat


Our daddy loves bourbon. Since I met the Mister, bourbon has been a drink of choice. A couple of years ago, he and some friends headed to Kentucky for a bachelor party bourbon trail tour. He had a great time for obvious reasons, but came home with a new love, appreciation and fascination with bourbon. Our liquor cabinet went from having a selection of 2-3 bourbons to probably 6 or 7 choices at any given time. Blanton's, Woodford Reserve, Buffalo Trace & 1792 are just a few favorites you'll find in our cabinet.

With Father's Day being just around the corner, I took to Pinterest for some gift ideas. I had already bought him a gift (a New York Mets Fanchest), so I was looking for something I could make him. Last weekend we spent some time with our dear friends who live in Spring, Texas (just outside of Houston). It just so happens that these friends are also bourbon drinkers; so lots of stories about the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, drink recipes/concoctions & cooking/baking were had. Good thing I was listening, because I happen to hear the Mister going on about how much he liked the bourbon balls served at some of the distilleries on the trail...and that's where the idea for our "sweet Father's Day treat" came from. 





Bourbon Balls
yields approximately 36 balls

Ingredients:

3/4 cup chopped pecans 
3 Tbs Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon
1/4 cup of butter, softened
3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
16 oz semi sweet chocolate (I prefer Ghirardelli)
* optional toppings- pecan halves, sea salt, chopped pecans, walnuts, almonds, cocoa, confectioners sugar

Directions:

1. In a small mixing bowl, mix bourbon and chopped pecans. Allow to sit and soak for 1 hour.
2. While pecans are soaking, cream butter and sugar with mixer until smooth.
3. Once pecans have finished soaking in bourbon, mix into creamed butter and sugar mix. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.
4. Roll into 1 inch balls, place on cookie sheet and cover with wax paper. Allow balls to chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.
5. Melt chocolate in microwave in 30 second intervals. Stirring after each interval. I use a small serving fork to dip each ball in chocolate covering completely. Hold ball over bowl to allow excess chocolate to fall off before placing back on sheet pan to cool. If you are using an additional topping (i.e. pecan halves), now is the time to put those toppings on.

I am so excited to give these to our bourbon loving daddy for Father's Day. 


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