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Chocolate Cranberry Plum Bourbon Balls

Chocolate Cranberry Plum Bourbon Balls ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #holiday #recipe

“While visions of bourbon balls dance in their heads” … hey, don’t we adult folks deserve some holiday treats too? I think we do …

So these are my adult version of “sugarplums”.  Let’s revel in bourbon balls this year! 

( …  I also wanted to mention: these are healthi(er) holiday treats.  Made with dried fruit, nuts & dark chocolate, these bourbon balls are much better for your body than the typical empty sugar-and-fat-laden treats we usually eat at the holidays. But they taste so good, you won’t miss all that junk. )

Chocolate Cranberry Plum Bourbon Balls

Chocolate Cranberry Plum Bourbon Balls


  • 1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries (craisins)
  • 1/2 cup dried plums
  • 1/2 cup bourbon or whiskey
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans
  • 1/2 cup toasted old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs (or crushed chocolate cookie crumbs)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, melted
  • For dusting/coating: powdered sugar and/or melted dark chocolate


  1. Put the cranberries and plums in a small bowl and pour the bourbon over them. Let the fruit "bathe" in the bourbon for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, till the dried fruit is softened.
  2. Meanwhile, toast the pecans and oats till lightly browned. (I put them on a baking sheet and toast them in my toaster oven at 350 for about 5 minutes.) Using a food processor or handi chopper, crush the chocolate graham crackers, then the oats & pecans to a fine crumb. Mix them together with the cinnamon in a small mixing bowl.
  3. Now take the bourbon-soaked fruit and using your handi chopper or food processor, process till the mixture forms a sort of paste. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave, then stir together the oats & nuts with the fruit and the chocolate.
  4. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper or a silicone baking mat, then form the mixture into balls about 3/4 inch in diameter. Set in the fridge or freezer (or outside) to cool for a while.
  5. To "finish" the bourbon balls, roll the cooled bourbon balls in powdered sugar OR (my favorite) dip in melted dark chocolate and set on waxed paper or a silicone baking mat until set. Once the chocolate has set, store these treats in the fridge in an airtight container.


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Chocolate Cranberry Plum Bourbon Balls ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #holiday #recipe

This recipe was shared at Tuesday’s TableFull Plate ThursdayFoodie Friends FridayWhat to Do Weekends and The Weekend re-Treat.

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7 Responses

  1. Ani

    Perfect! I’d been trying to think of something to make for my dad. He’ll love these. Great timing!

    December 19, 2013 at 5:26 am

    • Ann

      There was something pulling at me, telling me I need to get this recipe posted … that must’ve been it! I hope he likes them. 🙂

      December 19, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      • Ani

        Dad & the rest of the family LOVED them. I made a batch with dried apricots instead of cranberry , for a neighbor. She loved them too. I enjoy rolling them in cocoa cinnamon, instead of the chocolate. I also used Spiced Bourbon. Thank s for an awesome recipe.

        February 20, 2014 at 1:43 am

        • Ann

          Ani, that makes me SO happy! Thank you for letting me know 🙂

          February 20, 2014 at 8:39 am

  2. I would just love getting that tin of Bourbon Balls, awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very Merry Christmas!
    Miz Helen

    December 22, 2013 at 3:19 pm

  3. Do you think I could make these without the bourbon or would they be missing flavor? Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party! Hope to see you again Thursday at 7PM.

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

    January 2, 2014 at 12:58 am

    • Ann

      Hi Britni, they do have an intense flavor, but you’ll need a liquid of some kind to soak the fruit in and blend the fruit up. You could try it with milk. If you do, let me know how it goes!



      January 2, 2014 at 8:14 am