Holiday Rum Balls Recipe
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Holiday Rum Balls Recipe

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I use this recipe for special occasions with my wonderful family and friends. They're so easy to make and pack a festive rum punch. — Diane Duschanek, Council Bluffs, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min.
MAKES:33 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min.
MAKES: 33 servings


  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 package (12 ounces) vanilla wafers, finely crushed
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • Additional confectioners' sugar


  1. In a large bowl, mix confectioners' sugar and cocoa until blended. Add crushed wafers and walnuts; toss to combine. In another bowl, mix corn syrup and rum; stir into wafer mixture.
  2. Shape into 1-in. balls. Roll in additional confectioners' sugar. Store in an airtight container. Yield: About 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Holiday Rum Balls in Taste of Home October/November 2012, p46

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mamaknowsbest 215105
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014

"Great candy to take to a Holiday party! Followed the recipe, easy to assemble and looked elegant. Makes a wonderful gift or to be passed around at a party. Claasic recipe and a classic taste!"

glitterchatter 214962
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2014

"If only I had followed the recipe? Instead, my vanilla wafer box was 11 oz. rather than the 12 oz. of the recipe. Also, because I like rum, I followed another reviewer who doubled the recipe's amount. Ugh, way too strong for me! I had to throw the rum balls away. I will try this again, but I'll stick to the success stories of the original ingredients."

MY REVIEW 121777
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"These turned out very good! I will be making these again for years too come!! If you like rum you will love these little balls of fun!"

Gausedonna 183952
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2013

"Does anyone know if u can get non-alcoholic rum?"

redcow 181163
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2013

"I have made this basic recipe for several years. This time I followed the changes suggested by Cruella747 and I am very pleased with the finished product. They will go on the Christmas cookie plates that I give away."

Cruella747 194217
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2012

"I have the same recipe, made them for the first time this year. EXCELLENT! Everyone that tasted them requested more for next year! I too will double or maybe even triple the recipe. The only difference is I used 1/2c Dark Rum and only 2 Tbls corn syrup."

MY REVIEW 196837
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012 Edited Dec. 15, 2014

"do it avery year"

kkutz 194216
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2012

"these were really good i will double them this year!!!"

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