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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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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!"

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."

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!"

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2013

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

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."

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