Orange Buttercream Bourbon Balls

If you like Old Fashioned cocktails, you’ll love these bourbon balls. With angostura bitters and a bit of orange, it’s a cocktail in candy form!

Serves: 42Prep: 50 minutesCook: 3 hoursTotal: 3 hours 50 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 42


  • 1⁄2 cup ground pecans
  • 3 tablespoons Jim Beam® Bourbon
  • 1⁄2 cup butter, softened
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon angostura bitters
  • 1 box (1 lb.) powdered sugar (3¾ cups)
  • 2 packages (10 oz. each) bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • Ground pecans


  • In small bowl, stir together ½ cup ground pecans and the bourbon; let soak 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat butter, orange zest and bitters on low speed until blended. Beat in pecan mixture. Gradually beat in powdered sugar on medium speed until blended. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to shape into balls.
  • Shape into 1” balls. Place on cookie sheet. Freeze at least 2 hours or until very firm.
  • In medium microwaveable bowl, heat bittersweet chips and shortening on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 15-second intervals, stirring vigorously after each interval, until chips are melted.
  • Line rimmed baking pan with waxed paper. Dip each ball into chocolate; remove with fork, allowing excess chocolate to drip through tines of fork. Place on pan; sprinkle with additional ground pecans.
  • Cover and store at room temperature up to 5 days or freeze up to 1 month.