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: 40 min.
MAKES:42 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min.
MAKES: 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 and/or crushed vanilla wafers

Nutritional Facts

1 rum ball (calculated without additional sugar and wafers) equals 61 calories, 2 g fat (trace saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 21 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

Directions

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

Nutritional Facts

1 rum ball (calculated without additional sugar and wafers) equals 61 calories, 2 g fat (trace saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 21 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

"I don't know how this rexipe can be considered diabetic friendly, like it so designates. My diabetic diet specifically says that alcohol is not allowed, nor is refined sugar (the recipe uses powdered sugar, which is refined), nor is honey allowed. The vanilla wafers have a considerable amount of sugar in them too. A diabetic eating these would go into sugar shock in no time!"

MY REVIEW
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 thatis what dad makes and I am partial to his rum balls."

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