Bourbon Balls

This post goes out to my fellow collegiate brethren.

The league of brave souls who are suffering right now.

Final exams are tough. They’re tough, they’re scary, they’re essentially the last barrier standing between you and  desperately needed holiday magic.

They suck.

Still, finals don’t have to be quite as painful as so many of us make them out to be.

Like crying in public hallways, consecutive non-slumbering slumber parties in the library, and finally showing up to finals blood shot-eyed and shaking from Lord knows what isn’t necessarily necessary.

At all.

In fact, the first steps in victoriously overcoming these last scholarly jabs in your side are as simple as throwing together one of my all time favorite holiday treats,

bourbon balls…

Do I even need to go on?

Yeah. I’m going to.

In my experience, it really helps to begin with pulling everything that’s necessary for success out in front of you.
That includes making study guides, working practice problems, drilling flashcards, studying for each subject on its own terms, whatever it is you gotta do.

Don’t leave any task in the pantry because it’s intimidating or tedious or whatever. Bring it all to the counter.

It’s better this way.

Take a careful look at what you have there… breathe it in, understand your ingredients.

Know what your up against from the get-go. The actual test-taking endeavor can flow smooth as Maker’s Mark when you first achieve academic mise en place.

And like any well-composed recipe, the increments of each given component will likely vary…
you need to be fully aware of that before you dive in.

Or else your junk is gonna taste nasty.

And you might end up dedicating more time towards a class with a complete joke of a final vs. actually comprehending how to do all the  math problems that you totally bombed on your last econ test.

Ew. Bad.

Once you understand what and how much has to go into this process , you’re gonna take all of that and grind it down into smooth particles.
Break down large jobs into smaller steps and work sessions, so that no issue seems too much to chew. Not to mention, you’re likely to take in more information if it’s busted into petite concepts, and enjoy an encouraging little taste of accomplishment with each mastered objective.


Once everything is all finely pulverized, you’ll want to whisk it all together.

That’s not to say you should jumble and confuse totally different subjects in your brain, but mix up your studyfests. Getting a bite of everything will make for a much more palatable study experience. You don’t want to burn out on a single topic too quickly.

We’re in this for the long haul.

Like 7 whole days.

Now, let that deep inner sense of serious focus, determination, and desire for a relaxing break drowned in eggnog  act as your corn syrup…

This is what’s gonna bring all of the aforementioned ingredients together into a tight, manageable package.

Pour in a little bourbon for good spirit.

Wad everything together.


You can do it. I swear.

Just take that ball of final stress, pop it in your mouth and devour it like a boss.

And remember all the other duh factors in the happy healthy final exam survival experience:

You need legit sleep, you need healthy food, you need mental breaks, and you need to relax…   it’s just a piece of paper.

Once everyone’s finals are over an done, you’re all invited over to my Gram’s house to try her bourbon balls.  Four will get you tipsy, eight calls for a celebration, and twelve will definitely jingle your bells.

Something to look forward to.

Best of luck on your exams.   You got this.

Bourbon Balls

Adapted from

  • 1 cup crushed vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • confectioners’ sugar, sifted
Thoroughly combine 1 cup vanilla wafer crumbs, chopped pecans, 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, and the cocoa. In a separate bowl, blend the bourbon and corn syrup. Stir this bourbon mixture into the dry mixture; blend well. Cover and chill for at least a few hours. Sift about 1/2 to 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar on a cookie sheet. Shape small bits of the dough into balls and roll them in the confectioners’ sugar.
Make these a few days in advance for best flavor.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freeze for longer storage.

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