The Great Cookie Exchange of 2012

6 Dec

TA DA ~ Here it is ~

Kentucky Bourbon Balls

{This is a Christmas favorite here in Kentucky.  Ok, it’s a favorite anytime.   It is not to be confused with other Bourbon Balls, which may involve vanilla wafers.  No.}  

Kentucky Bourbon Balls require:

1 cup chopped nuts 
(pecans are my preference, i guess you could use others)

5 tablespoons Kentucky bourbon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 (16 ounce) package confectioners’ sugar 

18 ounces semisweet chocolate


  1. Place the nuts in a sealable jar. Pour the bourbon over the nuts. Seal and allow to soak overnight.
  2. Mix the butter and sugar and vanilla; fold in the soaked nuts. Form into 3/4″ balls and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Line a tray with waxed paper. Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over just-barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching. Roll the balls in the melted chocolate to coat; arrange on the prepared tray. Store in refrigerator until serving.

You need to roll them in the chocolate quickly so they don’t melt and scoop them back out with a spoon. Usually, we put a half pecan on the finished ball, so they look like this:


Inside, they’re sweet and bourbon-y and delicious.

My mother used to make these when i was little, although she stopped making them many years ago, but i always loved them.  This would be the first time i’ve made them myself, so i was ~ um ~ kind of excited.

But ~ be aware that i had to steal that picture from the internet.  That’s because in my over-zealous enthusiasm for this project, i soaked twice as many nuts as the recipe calls for ~ in the right amount of bourbon for one batch, and had to add bourbon and presoak the nuts another night.  Plus now i have to go buy more sugar and chocolate before i can proceed.

Since i made a fuss about the need to show actual pictures, this is a delicious touch of irony.   Thank goodness, i can laugh at it/ at myself today.

Plus, now i have two cups of nuts waiting to be mixed – the regular recipe makes 24 balls, so that’ll be 48 tasty treats to share with friends.

Here’s the list of other folks who are participating today:




Autumn in jeans  




Emi J,










Linda Long

Little Monkey

mouse (her recipe here, her blog here

Mrs. Soft Bottom

Ms. Constance

Naughty Kitty 




Ryan Beaumont


selkie, (her recipe here, her blog here)



Striving for Peace




People post at different times of the day, so if you visit in the morning and there aren’t any cookies, be sure to check back later!

i hope my dithering about the cookies yesterday didn’t lead you to miss my fantasy post, since Naomi probably won’t be back again until tomorrow.  Now i have to go look at some other people’s recipes…

Thank you very much, Jz, for organizing this!  


27 Responses to “The Great Cookie Exchange of 2012”

  1. striving for Peace December 6, 2012 at 6:07 am #

    they look absolutely wonderful — and there are worse things than having to have twice as many cookies!


    • aisha December 9, 2012 at 7:37 am #

      Thanks, Sfp – and you’re so right! The “worse” part is eating twice as many!



  2. Jz December 6, 2012 at 6:13 am #

    Man, I wish I lived closer — I’d be HAPPY to help you with those extra 24…!
    These look super, sunshine!
    Thanks for playing and publicizing and being one of the Founding Bakers. (My new designation for those of us who’ve been in it from the beginning.)


    • aisha December 9, 2012 at 7:38 am #

      Dear Jz,

      i could ship you some?

      And i love being a Founding Baker! Thanks!!



  3. sin December 6, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    Oh, looks yummy. I wonder if bourbon soaked nuts would make a good appetizer?

    • aisha December 9, 2012 at 7:43 am #

      Hi, Sin!

      Yes i think they would1


  4. night owl December 6, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    As much as I like cookies, and this sounds awesome, i could help thinking of a different kind of nuts, Sir S’s in particular, with bourbon poured over them and me sucking it off.

    Mind in the gutter.


    • aisha December 9, 2012 at 7:45 am #

      Hi, Night Owl,

      Lol… Sir made a similar comment, only He didn’t sound excited about it.

      We live in the gutter, don’t we?



  5. blissfulelysia December 6, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    What lucky friends you have Aisha! And these are my favorite ingredients! Not that I usually use Kentucky Bourbon- had the cake, but not these!
    I’ve also had my share of kitchen mishaps. Live and learn- right? No doubt your mother went through the same learning curve. You’re friends certainly reap the benefits! 😉
    Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidaze! 🙂 Elysia

    • aisha December 9, 2012 at 7:53 am #

      Thanks, Blissful Elysia – Thanks for stopping by, and for commenting!! Plus i appreciate the support!

      Thank you and Happy Holidays!


  6. Sassy December 6, 2012 at 8:38 am #

    Those look so good! Makes me want cookies RIGHT NOW! Great cooking with you!

    • aisha December 9, 2012 at 7:54 am #

      Hi, Sassy,

      Fun cooking with you too! Thanks for coming by, and for commenting!



  7. Serenity December 6, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    Yummy Yummy! Thanks for sharing!

    • aisha December 9, 2012 at 7:54 am #

      Thank you, Serenity, and Happy Holidays!


  8. vanillamom December 6, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    so do the nuts soak up all the bourbon? or do you drink that part after you take the nuts out?

    nalli…nope…lanni….nope..*hiccup* nilal… know who the fuck i ar..gonno get more nutz…hic..

    • aisha December 9, 2012 at 7:56 am #

      Hey, Funny ‘Nilla,

      The nuts actually soak it all up, and there’s no cooking involved to burn it off, so yes, too many bourbon balls is not a good idea.

      Funny girl.



  9. ronniesoul December 6, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    They look heavenly. I have some Bourbon. Thanks.


    • aisha December 9, 2012 at 7:57 am #

      Hi, Ronnie,




  10. SirQsMLB December 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Oh, I have fond memories of these from my childhood!!! My grandparents made them and loved them! Thanks for sharing.

    • aisha December 9, 2012 at 8:02 am #

      Hi, Mlb,

      O, cool! i bet they’re considered passe now, but they sure are delicious!


  11. Wordwytch December 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    They look delicious. 🙂

    • aisha December 9, 2012 at 8:03 am #

      Thank you, Wordwytch!!


  12. Penelope December 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    They really do look scrummy. And I really do need a choklit fix right now – blog hopping and reading about all these delicious treats is making me drool! 😀 Chocolate, nuts and bourbon… ohhh… 🙂

    • aisha December 9, 2012 at 8:05 am #

      Hi, Penelope,

      Thanks for dropping in! Yeah, chocolate and bourbon is a winning combo! Hope you got your fix.



  13. Jake December 6, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

    I am planning on taking a day off work to bake holiday cookies before Christmas. I believe this recipe has just made my baking list! Love Bourbon Balls, aisha, and I think the addition of the nuts would be the piece de resistance! Thanks for sharing!

    • aisha December 9, 2012 at 8:10 am #

      Hi, Jake,

      Cool – i hope you enjoy them! They’re certainly easy to make, even if you do have to make sure you start far enough ahead of time.



  14. TemptingSweets99 December 10, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    Mmm! I’d love to try this! 😀

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