This Spicy Bourbon Balls Recipe is a family favorite, especially around the holidays.
.25 cup Bourbon
2 tbsp Sorghum syrup, cane syrup, molasses or honey
1.25 cups Powdered sugar, divided
2 tbsp Cocoa powder
.5 tsp Cayenne pepper (optional)
.25 tsp Ground mace
.25 tsp Ground cinnamon
.5 tsp Salt
10 oz Vanilla wafers (about 60)
1 cup Coarsely chopped pecans
In a small bowl, whisk together the bourbon and sorghum syrup until well combined. In a large bowl, sift together 1 cup of the powdered sugar with the cocoa powder, cayenne, mace, cinnamon and salt. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir in the bourbon mixture until a smooth, glossy paste forms.
In a food processor, pulse the vanilla wafers into fine crumbs, about 10 (5-second) pulses. Add the wafer crumbs and pecans to the bourbon mixture and stir until consistently doughy and workable, about 2 minutes.
Roll the dough into 1-inch balls, roll each ball in the remaining .25 cup powdered sugar, and place on a sheet of waxed paper. Store in the refrigerator in a container with a tight-fitting lid, with a sheet of waxed paper between layers. Enjoy Spicy Bourbon Balls for up to 4 days.