Mint Julep Bourbon Balls | Keep It Simple Syrup

Mint Julep Bourbon Balls


April 11, 2016

For an elegant dessert, offer your guests a cocktail-in-a-bite with a garnish of toasted pecans. These delightful melt-in-your-mouth treats are sure to impress!


1 (12-ounce) box vanilla wafers, crushed fine (2½ cups)

1¾ cup confectioners’ sugar

1 cup chopped, toasted pecans

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2½ tablespoons light corn syrup

2 tablespoons Spearmint Keep It Simple Syrup®

⅓ cup bourbon


1Stir the vanilla wafer crumbs, 1 cup of the sugar, the pecans and the cocoa powder together in a large bowl. Whisk the corn syrup, bourbon and KISS together in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the vanilla wafer mixture, then stir well to completely incorporate. Refrigerate the mixture for 5 minutes.

2Place the remaining ¾ cup sugar in a large bowl. Scoop the vanilla wafer-bourbon mixture into 1-inch balls (the larger end of a melon scoop is just the right size) or form into squares, and roll in the confectioners’ sugar.

3Transfer the balls to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 1 day or up to 3 weeks before serving to allow the flavors to meld. Roll in additional confectioners’ sugar before serving. Transport in a sealed container. Yields about 4 dozen.

©2014 Chef Patrick Evans-Hylton | All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.


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