Holiday Rum Balls
Total TimePrep/Total Time: 30 min.
MakesAbout 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 Facts1 ball: 125 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Dec 17, 2014
Great candy to take to a Holiday party! Followed the recipe, easy to assemble and looked elegant. Makes a wonderful gift or to be passed around at a party. Claasic recipe and a classic taste!
Dec 15, 2014
If only I had followed the recipe? Instead, my vanilla wafer box was 11 oz. rather than the 12 oz. of the recipe. Also, because I like rum, I followed another reviewer who doubled the recipe's amount. Ugh, way too strong for me! I had to throw the rum balls away. I will try this again, but I'll stick to the success stories of the original ingredients.
Dec 9, 2013
These turned out very good! I will be making these again for years too come!! If you like rum you will love these little balls of fun!
Dec 6, 2013
Does anyone know if u can get non-alcoholic rum?
Dec 4, 2013
I have made this basic recipe for several years. This time I followed the changes suggested by Cruella747 and I am very pleased with the finished product. They will go on the Christmas cookie plates that I give away.
Dec 30, 2012
I have the same recipe, made them for the first time this year. EXCELLENT! Everyone that tasted them requested more for next year! I too will double or maybe even triple the recipe. The only difference is I used 1/2c Dark Rum and only 2 Tbls corn syrup.
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