Rum Balls Recipe
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Rum Balls Recipe

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Rum flavor comes through nicely in these traditional, soft Christmas cookies. Roll half in powdered sugar and the other half in crushed vanilla wafers for visual appeal. —Audrey Larson, Bloomington, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 40 min.
MAKES:42 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 40 min.
MAKES: 42 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 75 wafers)
  • 1 cup ground pecans
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons baking cocoa
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Additional confectioners' sugar or crushed vanilla wafers

Nutritional Facts

1 ball: 69 calories, 3g fat (0g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 26mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein


  1. Mix together wafer crumbs, pecans, confectioners' sugar and cocoa. Combine rum, honey and water; stir into crumb mixture. Shape into 1-in. balls. Roll in additional confectioners' sugar or wafer crumbs. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Rum Balls in Taste of Home Christmas Annual

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Reviewed Dec. 20, 2015

"These were a big hit at my girlfriends annual Christmas cookie swap! :-)"

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015

"Could you substitute Apple Pie Moonshine in place of rum?"

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2014

"Awesome simple recipe. Nilla wafers came in smaller boxes now so account for that,, short of heavy on rum. Will do with walnuts next time around. Good excuse to kick the bowl of excess dough"

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

"I used a half cup of Amaretto Di Saronno and 1.5 cups ground almonds. Belissima!"

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2014

"I have made these on multiple occasions and have never had any issues with this recipe. I do add just a smidge more rum, but the batter still ends up just fine. I have also rolled them in the ground pecans and those end up being the favorite."

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