Easy Gluten-Free Bourbon Balls for Your Kentucky Derby Party

Bourbon balls are a classic Southern dessert with a rich history steeped in the traditions of Southern hospitality. Dating back to the early 20th century, these boozy confections have been a staple at celebrations and gatherings throughout the South, including the iconic Kentucky Derby party. Made with smooth, aged bourbon and a blend of sweet and nutty flavors, bourbon balls are the perfect way to add a touch of Southern charm to your next celebration. Whether you're hosting a Kentucky Derby party or just want a sweet homemade candy, these delectable treats are sure to impress your guests and add a touch of tradition to your event. So, let's raise a glass of bourbon and get started on making these delicious easy gluten-free bourbon balls!

Bourbon balls are a classic Southern dessert with a rich history steeped in the traditions of Southern hospitality. Dating back to the early 20th century, these boozy confections have been a staple at celebrations and gatherings throughout the South, including the iconic Kentucky Derby party. Made with smooth, aged bourbon and a blend of sweet and nutty flavors, bourbon balls are the perfect way to add a touch of Southern charm to your next celebration. Whether you’re hosting a Kentucky Derby party or just want a sweet homemade candy, these delectable treats are sure to impress your guests and add a touch of tradition to your event. So, let’s raise a glass of bourbon and get started on making these delicious easy gluten-free bourbon balls as part of your Derby Party food spread!

Making this Bourbon Ball recipe gluten-free is a fantastic option for parties because it allows guests with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease to enjoy a delicious treat without having to worry about any adverse reactions. With the increasing number of people who are gluten intolerant, it’s important to have options that cater to their needs, and this gluten-free Bourbon Ball recipe is the perfect solution. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s also a crowd-pleaser that everyone will love, regardless of their dietary restrictions. So, whether you’re hosting a Kentucky Derby party, Valentine’s Day celebration, or just a casual get-together, this gluten-free Bourbon Ball recipe is a must-try for all your guests.

Gluten-Free Bourbon Balls Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup Marker’s 46 bourbon
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 12 oz dark chocolate, melted

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the pecans, powdered sugar, and cocoa powder.
  2. Stir in the bourbon and corn syrup until well combined.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  4. Once the mixture has chilled, use a cookie scoop (melon baller) or a teaspoon to form the mixture into 1 inch balls.
  5. Place the formed balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  6. Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each interval until fully melted.
  7. Using a fork or toothpick, dip each bourbon ball into the melted chocolate, tapping off any excess.
  8. Place the coated bourbon balls back onto the parchment-lined baking sheet and let the chocolate set.
  9. Serve the bourbon balls as a sweet treat at your next Kentucky Derby or Valentine’s Day celebration. Enjoy!
Gluten-free bourbon ball filling on a tray before chilling.
Not all of mine were beautiful – the chocolate started to cool – eat these for dessert!

As you gear up for your Kentucky Derby or Valentine’s Day celebration, be sure to check out all of our other blog posts for more party inspiration. From gluten-free recipes to decorating ideas, we have everything you need to create a memorable event. And don’t forget to shop our extensive collection of party supplies to help bring your vision to life. Whether you’re hosting a Kentucky Derby bash or a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, we have all the products you need to make your celebration a success. So go ahead, pour yourself a glass of Maker’s 46 and enjoy these delicious gluten-free bourbon balls!

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