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  • 12 cups crushed vanilla wafers - the original Nilla (4 boxes)
  • 3/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 1/4 cups powdered sugar, divided
  • 4 3/4 cups chopped pecans, divided
  • 3 cups bourbon, such as Old Grand Dad's


  1. Mix vanilla wafers, corn syrup, cocoa powder, 4 cups powdered sugar, 4 cups pecans and bourbon. Refrigerate at least 12 hours.
  2. Shape into balls. Pulverize remaining ¾ cup pecans and sift in remaining ¼ cup powdered sugar. Mix together and roll bourbon balls in mixture.
—Recipe by Susie LaCour Watch our video to see how it's made:

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