Old-Fashioned Spiced Bourbon Balls

Have a ball at your next holiday occasion with these fun, bite-size treats! They’re easy to make and incredibly rich and delicious. And, because it takes less than 30 minutes to make 20, they’re perfect for gifting.

Prep Time
15 minutes
Bake Time
8 to 10 minutes
Spiced bourbon balls on a platter, topped with icing sugar, crushed nuts, and turbinado sugar, shown with bowls of toppings.

Baking sheets x 2

Parchment paper

Scale OR dry measuring cups

Liquid measuring cup

Measuring spoons

Medium bowl x 2

Small saucepan with lid

Heatproof spatula OR wooden spoon

Food processor fitted with the metal blade

Plastic wrap

Shallow dishes x as needed

Small trigger-style scoop OR tablespoon

  • 1 cup (105 g) pecans, raw (see Chef’s Tips)
  • ¼ cup (54 g) Redpath® Demerara Style Sugar, packed
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) water
  • 1 tsp (3 g) ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp (1 g) ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp (1 g) cayenne pepper
  • 2½ cups (413 g) graham cracker crumbs (see Chef’s Tips)
  • 1 cup (120 g) Redpath® Icing Sugar
  • ¼ cup (25 g) cocoa powder (see Chef’s Tips)
  • ¼ tsp (2 g) salt
  • ⅓ cup (83 ml) bourbon
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
Garnishes (optional):
  • Redpath Simply Raw™ Turbinado Sugar
  • Redpath® Icing Sugar
  • Finely ground pecans
  • Graham cracker crumbs
  • Cocoa powder

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the pecans into a single layer over the sheet.

Step 2

Place pecans into the preheated oven. Toast for 8 to 10 minutes or until pecans are golden and have a nutty aroma. Remove and transfer toasted nuts into a bowl to cool.

Step 3

In a small saucepan, add the Redpath® Demerara Style Sugar, water, cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne. Place over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and stir until sugar dissolves completely;  3 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir the bourbon and vanilla extract into the simple syrup. Cover saucepan to allow flavours to infuse.

Step 4

Place the cooled pecan pieces into a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Pulse pecans until finely ground, scraping down the bowl as necessary; do not over-process, or the nuts may turn into nut butter. Add the graham cracker crumbs, the Redpath® Icing Sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Process until mixture is thoroughly blended.

Step 5

Add the spiced brown sugar simple syrup into the food processor. Process until all the liquid is absorbed into the dry ingredients. The mixture should be slightly tacky to the touch. (see Chef’s Tips)

Step 6

Transfer mixture to a bowl, cover, and place into the fridge; 15 to 20 minutes. This allows the flavours to meld and the bourbon to be absorbed by the graham cracker crumbs, making it easier to roll.

Step 7

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place desired garnishes, if using, into shallow dishes.

Step 8

Portion the chilled mixture using a trigger-style scoop or use a spoon and scoop out walnut-sized portions and place onto the prepared baking sheet.

Step 9

Roll each portion into a ball and leave as is or roll into desired garnish to coat. Place onto the prepared baking sheet and chill; 1 hour.

Step 10

Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. Bourbon balls can also be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Spiced bourbon balls on a brass platter on a plaid blanket, topped with icing sugar, crushed nuts, and turbinado sugar.