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These Bourbon Truffles are a delicious, easy, no-bake, grown-ups-only treat!

Today’s recipe is a grown-ups-only sweet treat that is perfect for the holidays! You might be a little surprised to see crushed Honey Nut Cheerios on the ingredients list – but trust me, this dessert is not for the kids!

These Bourbon Truffles are super easy to make! Straight Kentucky bourbon is mixed with cocoa, powdered sugar, crushed walnuts and those crushed Honey Nut Cheerios that we mentioned above. The mixture is formed into little balls and then rolled in powdered sugar to give it a snowy white coating.

These Bourbon Truffles are a delicious, easy, no-bake, grown-ups-only treat!

These are an adult treat that is sure to please – especially if you love bourbon. Adapted from the classic Joy of Cooking cookbook, we followed the basic method outlined in their bourbon balls recipe, but changed out several of the ingredients.

These yummy treats are super delicious – and pack a nice little punch of flavor! In fact, both Jack and I had a difficult time trying not to gobble these down before we took the photographs for this post!

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Bourbon Truffles - A Family Feast

Bourbon Truffles

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 30 truffles


  • 2½ cups Honey Nut Cheerios cereal
  • 1 cup shelled walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup good quality Kentucky bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • ½ cup powdered sugar


  1. In a food processor, crush Cheerios until crumbs form. Do not over mix. Set aside.
  2. In the same food processor, do the same with the walnuts. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift cocoa powder and the one cup of powdered sugar.
  4. In a small bowl mix bourbon and corn syrup. Add this to the cocoa powder mixture and mix.
  5. Add the crushed cheerios and walnuts and mix to completely combine.
  6. Roll into 36 ½-ounce balls.
  7. Pour the ½ cup of powdered sugar into a small bowl and toss each bourbon ball until coated.
  8. Dust with a little more cocoa before serving.

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  • Alex @ Intoxicology101 wrote:

    mmmm. I eat with my eyes A LOT, these look amazing. Going to ask the Mrs. to make these for Christmas eve.


    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Alex – hope you both enjoy the recipe!

  • Heather | girlichef wrote:

    I’m so intrigued by the cheerios in these, I bet they add great texture – so fun! And yay to whiskey-infused truffles! 😉

  • christine wrote:

    I have actually never used bourbon in any of my cooking. I’ve always wanted to just have never bothered to buy it. This seems like a pretty good excuse to get my butt to the liquor store.

  • Renee – Kudos Kitchen wrote:

    So then….with the addition of the Honey Nut Cherrios I’m assuming these are heart healthy? LOL
    Just kidding of course, but what an interesting ingredient. Your bourbon truffles look amazing!

    • Martha wrote:

      I LOVE the way you think Renee! 🙂

  • Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom wrote:

    My grandmother was always the one making bourbon truffles each Christmas and my hubby loved them and has been begging me to make some since she passed. I just need to make them sugar free lol!

  • The Food Hunter wrote:

    This recipe sounds wonderful…

  • Angie wrote:

    I need some of these truffles in my life right now! They look amazing!

  • Kate @ Diethood wrote:

    Gorgeous, as always! These are my faves!! I make Bourbon Truffles all throughout the year… I also eat most of them before anyone gets home…. so that’s that. 😀

  • Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet wrote:

    I am not sure I have ever had bourbon but that would not stop me from wanting these! They look great!

  • Laura wrote:

    I’ve only had meat cooked in bourbon and my taste buds went wild. I really liked the presentation with the white coating. Pretty. The crushed honey nut cheerios is really unique, but like you said, not for the kids!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Laura!

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