Cinnamon Whiskey Balls Recipe (2024)

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Booze up your holiday treats with this Cinnamon Whiskey Balls recipe!

I’ve been making Christmas treats for many years now, but there is one thing I haven’t made: Christmas treats with liquor in them. Of course, this is much to the dismay of David. He loves the boozy treats that we get from friends or family during the holidays and has always suggested that I make some myself. I’ve resisted though — mostly because I didn’t want to buy a bottle of liquor to only use a few tablespoons. I say “what a waste”, and he says “I’ll make sure it doesn’t go to waste”. Ha.

But, over time with all of my kitchen adventures, we developed a bit of a liquor collection without even trying. And, now with this collection on hand, I decided to make David’s wildest dreams come true and make him some boozy Christmas goodies.

One of the first things on my list for him is these Cinnamon Whiskey Balls. One of David’s newest favorites in the liquor department is cinnamon whiskey. Have you ever had hot cinnamon candy? Think of that flavor and that’s what you get with a cinnamon whiskey. Not only have cinnamon candies been a favorite of his for a long time, but cinnamon has always been his #1 spice, so it’s no surprise to me that he enjoys cinnamon whiskey too.

These Cinnamon Whiskey Balls are crazy simple. I know I say that all the time, but it’s true…and I supposed that’s why I like them too. You can literally go from start to finish in about 60 minutes. Not too bad for a treat that will make your friends and family think you are a total rock star in the kitchen.

Cinnamon Whiskey Balls Recipe

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  • Author: Brandie Valenzuela
  • Yield: Approx 20 balls 1x
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Booze up your holiday treats this with thisCinnamon Whiskey Balls recipe!



  • 112 ounce box vanilla wafers (finely crushed)
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans (toasted)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon whiskey
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • Optional coatings: powdered sugar (crushed vanilla wafers or finely chopped pecans)


  1. In a large bowl, mix together vanilla wafers, pecans, powdered sugar, and cocoa.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon whiskey and corn syrup until well blended.
  3. Gradually stir bourbon mixture into the vanilla wafer mixture. Shape into balls. Roll in your choice of optional coatings. Chill for at least 1 hour.
  • Category: Candy
  • Cuisine: American

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  1. Karren Haller says

    these look so easy, wanting to try something new this year.

    Thanks for sharing on Oh My Heartsie Girls Wonderful Wednesday!!
    Have a great day!


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  3. Rena says

    Id make an orange cranberry loaf cake


  4. Jennie @themessybakerblog says

    These boozy balls look amazing. I love the combination of cinnamon and whiskey.


  5. Kim Beaulieu says

    Um, I really wish I was your neighbour. These are fabulous. I am now officially hungry.


  6. Ronni Keller says

    Im thinking Id make some bourbon bread pudding 1st! 🙂


  7. sara staffeldt says

    Peanut Butter Cake!


  8. Jen @JuanitasCocina says

    These are gorgeous! And so are your photos!

    Happy day #4!


  9. Liz says

    I love a good boozy dessert! Your whiskey balls look terrific!!!


  10. Kelly D says

    I would make a zucchini bread.


  11. Tara says

    Whiskey and Cinnamon would pair so well together for the holidays. I also love that these are no bake!!


  12. Alexis K. says

    I’d make cinnamon raisin bread!


Cinnamon Whiskey Balls Recipe (2024)


What are the ingredients in Fireball whiskey? ›

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky is a mixture of Canadian whisky, cinnamon flavoring and sweeteners that is produced by the Sazerac Company. Its foundation is Canadian whisky, and the taste otherwise resembles the candy with a similar name, Ferrara Candy Company's "Atomic Fireball" candy.

What is the difference between fireball cinnamon and cinnamon whiskey? ›

The difference between the two drinks is that Fireball Cinnamon is actually a malt-based beverage with 16.5% alcohol by volume (ABV), while Fireball Cinnamon Whisky is whisky-based and has an ABV of 33%. “The labels look almost identical,” he wrote. “That is intentional.”

What are the spices in Fireball? ›

Sugar, Honey Powder (Sugar, Honey), Salt, Dried Garlic, Spices, Cinnamon, Dried Onion, Rice Hulls, Dried Cayenne Pepper, Natural Flavors, Extractives Of Paprika (Color), Whiskey. Product formulation and packaging may change.

Is there antifreeze in Fireball? ›

Fireball does not contain any antifreeze at all, and the suggestion is ridiculous. Sadly, this is the media's way of crafting attention grabbing headlines, but it simply is not true. We would not dream of putting antifreeze in our product.

Why was Fireball banned? ›

This fact was so unsettling to Europeans that sales of Fireball were "temporarily halted" in Norway, Sweden, and Finland in 2014, which Fireball said was "due to a small recipe-related compliance issue." The chemical that came under fire was propylene glycol, which supposedly enhances flavor by absorbing water.

Does Fireball Cinnamon whiskey have whiskey in it? ›

The smaller bottles, named Fireball Cinnamon, are made from a blend of malt beverage and wine, while the whiskey-based products are called Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, according to the company website.

What is the lawsuit against Fireball? ›

The maker of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky has been sued for fraud for selling a beverage that, at a glance, looks like the spicy Fireball spirit famed for its ubiquity at college parties, but which doesn't actually contain much of a key ingredient: whisky.

Can Fireball go bad? ›

Unopened liquor has an indefinite shelf life. Opened liquor lasts about a year or two before it goes bad, meaning it starts losing its color and flavor. Don't use a liquor for well drinks if you won't use the whole bottle within two years. It does not generally become toxic, though.

Is Fireball stronger than whiskey? ›

Fireball Cinnamon contains no whiskey at all. Instead, it's a malt liquor flavored with sweeteners and natural whiskey flavor, along with other natural flavors (like cinnamon). It's also half as strong as Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, rating at just 33 proof as opposed to 66 proof.

What sweetener is in Fireball Cinnamon whiskey? ›

Propylene glycol is used for a variety of industrial, cosmetic, and food production uses. In your Prestone Low-Tox, it's an antifreeze. In Fireball, it's used as a sweetener, its makers say. (And yes, according to the Centers for Disease Control, it's "generally regarded as safe for use in food.")

Does Fireball have cloves in it? ›

A spiced Irish whiskey that combines cinnamon, cloves, black pepper and some sweetness with real Irish whiskey. Great in shots, over ice or in a varie.. Peanut butter-infused whiskey! The perfect drink to have ice cold as a shot or use to create exciting co*cktails.

What makes Fireball taste better? ›

In general, citrus flavors like lemon, lime, and even grapefruit tend to mix best with Fireball because they complement the strong cinnamon notes.

What is the poison in Fireball? ›

Propylene glycol is an ingredient in the increasingly popular liquor Fireball Cinnamon Whisky. Its propylene glycol content is compliant with the Food and Drug Administration regulations stipulating that propylene glycol is allowable in amounts of up to 5% of the overall content of alcoholic beverages.

Is Fireball bad for your liver? ›

Consuming Fireball whisky, like any alcoholic beverage, can have various effects on your body. It contains alcohol, which can lead to intoxication, impaired judgment, and coordination. Excessive alcohol consumption may contribute to health issues, including liver damage and addiction.

What is the illegal chemical in Fireball? ›

Fireball was recalled due to concerns it contained an ingredient used in antifreeze. This ingredient is propylene glycol, otherwise known as part of the mixture used to de-ice airplanes.

What sweetener is in Fireball whiskey? ›

Propylene glycol is used for a variety of industrial, cosmetic, and food production uses. In your Prestone Low-Tox, it's an antifreeze. In Fireball, it's used as a sweetener, its makers say. (And yes, according to the Centers for Disease Control, it's "generally regarded as safe for use in food.")

Is Fireball whiskey full of sugar? ›

Just one shot of fireball contains 11 grams of sugar. Let's break that down a bit. A standard shot glass can hold around 1.5 ounces of booze. The 11 grams of sugar in a shot of Fireball accounts for 0.38 ounces — that means ¼ of the shot is pure sugar, according to the site Drink Spirits.

Why is propylene glycol in food? ›

Propylene glycol is used in a wide range of food products, often to maintain moisture, as well as thicken, emulsify, and preserve foods. It can also lower the freezing point of water, like its more toxic chemical cousin, ethylene glycol, used in antifreeze.

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