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Rum Balls Recipe

Rum Balls Recipe

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. YIELD:42 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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Weisslee33
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2015

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

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Jaxmamma
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015

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

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kanasf
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"

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Margethesarge
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

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

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arcollins
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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JuniperSpring
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2014

"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."

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danadeal
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"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."

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Francisca3032
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2013

"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."

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aecoffing
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

"I love this recipe- it's so easy and tasty! The rum is subtle and not overwhelming. They won first place at a cookie exchange this year!"

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lilmccrea@netscape.net
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2013

"I used to wait for Christmas for my father in law to make rum and bourbon balls. Sorry dad...I can make my own now! These are fantastic, especially after a few days of the flavors melding. I'm going to substitute almonds next time because that

is what dad makes and I am partial to his rum balls."

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CaptBillyWhizbangs
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"I didn't have vanilla wafers on hand, so I used ginger snaps. And Malibu Rum. I'm sure they will be a big hit at the Christmas Eve party."

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CaptBillyWhizbangs
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"I didn't have vanilla wafers on hand, so I used ginger snaps. And Malibu Rum. Very tasty!!"

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KeeKeeDee
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2012

"These are very tasty. I can't stop eating them. I made two changes: I toasted the pecans and only used a 1/2 cup of confectioners' sugar. After about two hours, the rum balls absorbed the sugar and crushed wafer coatings so I will re-roll them. I will make a double batch the next time I make them."

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elsnana
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2012

"Just made these & they are very good, however I wasn't expecting them to take so long to make! I don't have a food processor & I couldn't buy vanilla wafer crumbs, so I ended up using my blender. It worked, but I had to do it in batches. Also 1 box of vanilla wafers wasn't quite enough crumbs, so I used a few extra pecans, which I also had to grind in my blender & a few graham crackers. There didn't seem to be enough liquid to make the balls stick together.. they were too dry, so I added about 1-1 1/2 tbsp of extra water. That worked well & I was able to form the balls without them crumbling. I only rolled 1/2 in icing sugar & left the rest plain. I probably wouldn't make them again as they were too labor intensive & I have carpel tunnel which makes forming the ball difficult."

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sandicvs@bellsouth.net
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2012 Edited Dec. 4, 2015

"They are awesome!! Best of all they are good for my husband he is diabetic. I made them last Christmas and planning on making them this Christmas."

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Tamelastar
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2012

"I Love this recipe! The family enjoyed them. They were a big hit! I used Vanilla flavored Rum. I will be using this recipe every year!"

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awhaley
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2012

"Big hit every time. I experiment with different cookies, nuts, and, liquors. The alcohol content of your liquor can make a difference in how dry the cookie ends up, especially if you're like me and let them sit (either in cold garage or freezer) for longer than 3 days."

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Pitagal
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2012

"I made them for a Bake Sale & they sold quickly! Several people asked for the recipe. When rolling them into balls, I had to add another small "splash" of rum as they were drying out a little bit. That made it easier to continue forming the balls."

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hrfaretra
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"I don't like rum and didn't expect to like these. I was making them for guests, but they are delicious!!!"

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flcountrygrl
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2011

"I make these every year for the men in the office. They always look forward to Christmas because they know I will bring them in."

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HMG
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2011

"They were easy and fun to make. I experimented a bit using ginger liqueur, gingersnaps and pecans in one batch, and hazelnut liqueur, hazelnuts, and vanilla wafers in another. I also used spiced rum, pecans and vanilla wafers in the final batch. (I did not add cocoa.) All were very yummy!"

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kricket1
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"Made these for hubby, used dark rum in one batch and Gingerbread Liqueur in another and he just loved them, have to make more for Christmas."

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sharlasu
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"I made these for a company Secret Santa party, and they were a hit! For my first time making them, I was very pleased with their popularity!"

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ggrandma1
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"These are excellent. Also my daughter in law has multiple food allergies and this recipe is on her "safe" list, and that's a rare thing. She said they were the best she's ever eaten."

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jakers2009
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"I use chocolate wafers or chocolate teddy grahams instead of vanilla. It is really good."

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sstetzel
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011 Edited Apr. 4, 2016

"Spiced rum will work great. So will bourbon or whiskey, creme de menthe, peppermint schnapps too."

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kml0812
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011 Edited Apr. 4, 2016

"Is it best to use a dark rum to make these? They sound delish!"

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tamikay68
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011 Edited Apr. 4, 2016

"Would spiced rum work?"

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chubbzbar
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"My family has made these for over 40 years. My mom used brandy or rum or bourbon, no water and the honey was replaced with white corn syrup. I also let mine "stew" in quart jars in the frig for about a month. Everyone loves them."

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speek
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"I used apricot brandy and substituted corn syrup for the honey due to allergies. Great recipe."

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vmiller55
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"So easy and good!!"

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kweenb
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"My family has been making these traditional treats for generations. We have used other liquors, ...rum, bourbon, even brandy, but the favorite is Jack Daniels whiskey. We omit the honey, and use light corn syrup instead, then roll them in raw sugar, separate between liquor soaked coffee filters and store in air tight container for at least two weeks. You won't need cocktails after a couple of these. Definitely adult enjoyment treats."

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flrainbow
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"only problem with these is that you can't stay out of them after they are made...everyone I gave them too loved them and so easy to make"

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harjit
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

"this recipe is so easy that i asked my son to put the ingriedents together and start making them into balls and i was on my way home. it ws so good that i took it to work and everyone loved it.i am making it again for a breast awareness collection"

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DONA KAY
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010 Edited Apr. 4, 2016

"followed recipe, wonderful!"

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emueller
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010 Edited Apr. 4, 2016

"They were delicious. I used Grand Marnier Liqueur and they were great. Sugar Land TX"

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Supee
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"I had to modify with other ingredients,but it tasted O.K."

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pajoal
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010 Edited Apr. 4, 2016

"I make these every year for the holidays. I've used whiskey, rum, irish cream, every one imaginable, but the continuing favorite is Pecan Praline Liqueur. Oh, my goodness, they turn out SO good! You have to try it."

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rinnesbaby
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

"We live in Hungary and this is a very popular treat around the holidays. Here everyone has their own family variety. You can omit the nuts. You can wrap the dough around a tart cherry. You can substitute the juice for the cherries for the rum. You can also use jam instead of honey. Lots of options and they all turn out great!"

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1956keith
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"You can make this bourbon,whiskey etc. let them set for about a week if you can stay out of them. Must use ground pecans they wont hurt you."

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Summy
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"This sounds like a simpler version of my Mom's rum balls. I like the idea of bourbon and no water. And, putting ingredients into a food processor is a great idea. Pecans are my choice, even though I don't care for nuts in my confections. The nuts make this "cookie." Thanks everyone for great suggestions."

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LaNora Wilson
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"This is my first attempt at making rum balls.I put them together in my food processor and they turned out great.So easy and my husband loves them."

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bgm577
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010 Edited May. 9, 2016

"have made these for years and for those who don,t like liquor you can use rum flavoring found in the spice idle at store."

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cherrus
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010 Edited May. 9, 2016

"You can use Kahlua, Creme de Cocoa or even flavored brandy instead of rum"

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wayah2003@windstream.net
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"I use about 1/3 cup bourbon and no water. Definitely an adult treat."

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kimmik22
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"This is an old family favorite! I make these every year for Christmas!"

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bookworm913
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"I try to make these every year! The only difference is that I don't add the cocoa and instead of pecan, I use walnuts. Very good. Highly recommended."

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