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Holiday Rum Balls

I use this recipe for special occasions with my wonderful family and friends. The treats are so easy to make and pack a festive rum punch. — Diane Duschanek, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    about 2-1/2 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Shape into 1-in. balls. Roll in additional confectioners' sugar. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 ball: 125 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • suzydew
    Aug 13, 2020

    Mine is a gummy mess i followed exactly

  • Joanne
    Dec 2, 2019

    Help! I'm making these now but they're impossible to roll into balls. Very loose. I followed the directions to the T. Any suggestions to thicken up the consistency? Thanks!!!!

  • marcibanes
    Dec 16, 2018

    I always make rum balls for the Christmas Season. This recipe is very good but I like a bit more of a rum flavor. I think I will try adding 1 TBS. of extra rum. Very easy to assemble. I put all the rolled up balls in a Ziplock with the powdered sugar, give a few shakes and Wala, all done.

  • Dawn
    Dec 15, 2018

    I am hoping for five stars! My husband bought 11 oz. box of Nilla Wafers and so I had to do a little research. Keebler has 12 oz. box and looking at serving size that is equal to about 8 more cookies to bring 11 oz. up to 12 oz. in other words, 88 cookies. After I make them I will add to comments.

  • Ann
    Dec 13, 2018

    ??I used this recipe last year using chocolate sandwich cookies,very good,also vanlla wafers and bourbon !but no cocoa.Tried lemon sandwich cookies with zest from 1 lime and the juice combined with tequilla for the liquid. That is what everyone wants again

  • drmonahan
    Dec 13, 2018

    Can honey be substituted for the corn syrup?

  • kayclem
    Jul 1, 2018

    I have made rum balls for years. One year I was telling a co-worker about making them and he said that he would like to taste them. So I put about 8 or 10 rum balls in a sandwich bag and took them to work for him, he opened up the bag to take a sniff and he reaction was precious as he sat back and said "Oh Ya!" He loved them. Rum balls are easy to make and so good. My Mom used to make whisky balls using the same recipe.

  • KristineChayes
    Dec 19, 2017

    I've been making rum balls as part of my Christmas cookie trays since 1973. I used this recipe this year, but prefer mine, which uses chocolate cookies, brownies, and basically the same other ingredients, but in different proportions. This is a good recipe, however, and I'm sure my family and guests will love them!

  • LorrieNey
    Dec 3, 2017

    These cookies rock. And yes you can use chocolate wafers, rum flavoring, etc. also graham crackers or animal crackers. The idea for these ball cookies is the same. When switching out the vanilla wafers donut ounce for ounce. And equal liquid for liquids.

  • Sue Zappa
    Nov 28, 2017

    When I was in high school, a friend gave me one of these cookies & I was hooked on them! My mom let me make them for Christmas that year, but I had to use brandy because my parents never drank rum & that's all I had! They were heavenly! I told my dad he had to wait a few weeks to let them "ripen." When he tried one, he couldn't believe how strong the brandy flavor was in them--but he loved them! Now, 45 years later, I make these every year for my oldest daughter! They are one of her favorite cookies. I like them with rum or brandy. I suspect you can use any liquor you'd like!