- 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
- 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.
Reviews for Rum Balls
"I just finished making my first batch. I pretty much stuck to the original recipe with two changes: I upped the rum and wafers slightly and used corn syrup as suggested in some of the other reviews. I used 100 proof Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum and rolled them in the remaining ground pecans (got that from another review also). I now have have them 'stewing' (also suggested by a reviewer) in an air right container in the fridge for a party in 7 days. I had my husband try one now and he said it was really good. I will come back and update my review after the party. :)I do have a food processor and the recipe was extremely easy to follow and complete."
"Loved by all. I used Southern comfort in place of the rum and they were very "smooth" - great recipe and makes a great gift too!"
"Could you substitute Apple pie Moonshine in place of rum?"
"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"
"I used a half cup of Amaretto Di Saronno and 1.5 cups ground almonds. Belissima!"
"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."
"Gotta be honest - to save others the work. This recipe did NOT work at all. Could NOT taste the rum at all, recipe needs twice as much rum to even get a hint of the flavor of rum. Since you have to add more rum, you have to add more cookie crumbs - otherwise the rum-balls are too gooey. I had to drive to the grocery store to get another box of cookies! The recipe has other problems, it says ground pecans - NOT good to grind them because their flavor and texture is lost in the dough. I thought this would be a simple recipe, but it took hours to make this recipe! Having to crumble the cookies, plus I had to keep adding and adjusting the recipe, and after all was done, still could barely taste the rum - hard to get the right mixture of dry ingredients and wet - the cookies don't taste like good rum-balls should. I've had MUCH better rum-ball recipes. Also, the amounts of ingredients in the recipe wouldn't yield anywhere near 3-1/2 doz. even if you make the rum-balls small. In my book - this one's a flop."
"I make these every year for Christmas or New Year's. They turn out great and look just like the picture. You can also adjust the amount of rum."
"The Rum Balls turned out great!!! I used Bacardi Gold Rum and it was awsome!!! The recipe is so versatile, quick and taste yumm!!! In addition, my diabetic mother ate some and she was just fine. Her sugar level that night was under 150, which is really good. She did not need a shot or anything. It is all in how much is consumed and what was ate before hand."