I really wanted to do something fun and memorable for our wedding favors. My sister had ordered some customized miniature jellies and jams for her wedding favors, and they were adorable and delicious. I originally wanted to something with honey, since we have honey bees on the farm. I knew that our hives wouldn’t be ready in time to harvest for our wedding and I had trouble finding any original containers, so I scraped that idea. It’s a southern tradition to have a Groom’s Cake, and I ordered Jeremy’s as a surprise. He collects Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, and I had a delicious Chocolate Bourbon Cake in the shape of a Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel ordered from Sweets By Cindy. Since I’m a food blogger, I decided it would be fun to make my own treats. To coincide with our Kentucky Derby Day Wedding and Jeremy’s Groom’s Cake, I thought Kentucky Bourbon Balls would be a delicious treat. I made enough Bourbon Balls for each guest and I created some recipe cards that guests could pick up to take home. They were a hit with out guests, including with my sister who swore she hated Bourbon Balls.
Have you ever had a Bourbon Ball? Many recipes call for vanilla wafers, but I use pecan shortbread. It adds a different flavor and texture to the Bourbon Balls. I also use a good quality bourbon, but not Pappy Van Winkle. Jeremy would be very upset if I used it in bourbon balls or any other cooking recipe. buy zithromax online https://medstaff.englewoodhealth.org/wp-content/languages/new/zithromax.html no prescription
I don’t have our good wedding photos back, but here’s a shot from my phone of his Groom’s Cake if you were curious. Sweets By Cindy does an amazing job on her cakes. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her, and we are picky when it comes to cake.
The recipe cards were probably my favorite touch. I loved hearing that guests were going to go home and try my recipe.
- 2 cups crushed pecan shortbread cookies
- ¼ cup good quality bourbon
- ½ cup crushed pecans
- ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon white corn syrup
- Chocolate for coating
- Pecan halves for topping
- Combine finely crushed pecan shortbread cookies, bourbon, crushed pecans, confectioner’s sugar,
- cocoa powder, and corn syrup in a large bowl.
- Mix until well combined and all ingredients are thoroughly dispersed throughout mixture.
- Form mixture into small balls and place on wax paper.
- Chill covered for at east 8 hours.
- Temper chocolate using your preferred method.
- Coat each ball in melted chocolate, and place on wax paper to harden.
- Top with pecan halves.
- Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
- Serve at room temperature.
- Makes 20-30 bourbon balls
You can download and save the printable pdf file here.
I also created the table sign using an $3 chalkboard from Target, my Cricut, and white vinyl. You can download the file to use in Design Space, or print and frame. Just make sure you remove the front glass before you frame it. The PNG file is below and the pdf file is here Love Is Sweet.
The boxes and tags I ordered from Amazon. Here are the direct links:
This recipe isn’t just for weddings. It’s my go-to Bourbon Ball Recipe and I’ll be making them again for Jeremy’s birthday in July.
What did you use or what are you using as wedding favors? Please let me know if you have any questions or have trouble downloading files. If you recreate this project, please feel free to tag @asouthernmother on social media so that I can share it with my readers.