A Cardinal Sin, Kentucky Bourbon Balls

 Finished product! Rolled in deliciousness & in tiny cupcake sleeves. 

Finished product! Rolled in deliciousness & in tiny cupcake sleeves. 

Veteran’s Day Weekend McSweeney & I went to visit some dear friends we haven’t seen in way too long, AKA years! John (JB) & Patty Snyder are officially the definition of Southern Hospitality!! And, being University of Louisville grads, naturally our weekend included a home game, hence the name of the post. "Go Cardinals!" 

JB & Patty introduced us to a bunch of special things in Louisville but, our favorite was touring the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Yup! That’s totally a thing! Imagine a wine tasting in Napa, only tasting Bourbon in Kentucky! 

You may need to sit with that for concept for a minute, took me a few, LOL..

Turns out there are all sorts of things you can cook with Bourbon. The pork tenderloin marinade recipe also sounded delicious but, it’s the holiday season so, we're starting with the cookies! “Bourbon Balls,” to be exact!  In addition to teaching me about birds, decorating Christmas trees and tailgating with old friends, Patty was kind enough to share her Bourbon Ball recipe with me - on a real recipe card!

This one is super easy, folks and so delicious, we had to share it with all of you just in time for the holidays!

 Showing some love to Woodford Reserve... 

Showing some love to Woodford Reserve... 

 Complete with Patty's recipe card! 

Complete with Patty's recipe card! 

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup crushed "nilla" wafers 
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup crushed pecans 
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 

(stir dry ingredients) 

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons corn syrup (or agave nector if you'd rather) 
  • 1/4 cup bourbon

Mix all together in a bowl with your hands, should feel a little sticky. Roll into balls a little larger than the size of a malted milk ball and store in an air tight container in your fridge until you're ready to serve.

Just before you serve, roll them into the topping you love the most. Patty uses confectioners sugar so, we started with that. In addition to the pretty sugar topping, we used flaked coconut and cocoa powder, yum... Serve in teeny tiny cupcake holders. 

Enjoy, but please don't eat & drive! xo Measure

 Wearing JB's helmet from he & McSweeney's Navy squadron. I may or may not be drinking Bourbon.... just sayin'

Wearing JB's helmet from he & McSweeney's Navy squadron. I may or may not be drinking Bourbon.... just sayin'

Happy holidays, all! Pam & Kelly xo