Tray of decadent chocolate bourbon balls coated with superfine sugar and garnished with a maraschino cherry half. A boozy no-bake treat perfect for a Kentucky Derby party or holiday cookie tray.

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These decadent chocolate bourbon balls are a delicious, boozy, no-bake treat that makes a lovely addition to your Kentucky Dery party menu or holiday cookie tray.



2 cups ground chocolate wafer cookies (about 8 ounces)

1 cup finely ground toasted pecans

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

½ cup heavy cream

¼ cup light corn syrup

1 teaspoon instant espresso powder

½ teaspoon cinnamon

⅓ cup bourbon

1 cup superfine sugar for coating

Maraschino cherries, dried well and cut in half for garnish (optional)


In a large bowl, combine the crushed cookies and pecans.

In a medium glass bowl, stir together the chocolate, cream, corn syrup, espresso powder, and cinnamon.

Microwave the chocolate mixture in 30-second increments, stirring well after each cycle until melted. Remove from the microwave and allow to cool for 2 minutes.

Whisk in the bourbon until the mixture is smooth.

Use a spatula to scrape the chocolate mixture into the bowl of cookie crumbs.

Fold together until fully combined.  Chill for 30 minutes.

Pour the superfine sugar onto a shallow dish.

Use a small cookie scoop to form the chocolate mixture into balls.

Roll in the sugar and garnish with a cherry half.

Place in a candy cup on a baking sheet or on a parchment-lined baking sheet until firm.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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