In a just world, there would be no need to rationalize the making of bourbon balls—we would spring from bed on any old weekend and announce to whoever was around to hear us that today, on this day, yes today! we shall make bourbon balls.

Except that bourbon balls can be a bit of a pain to put together, what with all the rolling and such that they require, and so it comes to pass that most of us wait for a special occasion on which to make them.

Today is one such day, for today is the Kentucky Derby. And so if you, like me, are up at this God awful hour of the morning and feel like running to the market for a box of Nilla Wafers and some Karo syrup, our recipe from December is posted below.