Rum Balls Recipe
Rum Balls Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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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
MAKES:
42 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 40 min.
MAKES:
42 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 40 min.

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

Directions

In a large bowl, combine the wafer crumbs, pecans, confectioners' sugar and cocoa. Combine the rum, honey and water; stir into crumb mixture.
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 ball: 69 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 26mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • 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
  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

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Sharlene User ID: 9371797 279675
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2017

"k so I made this, very sticky why ? is it maybe because I only put 1-1/2 cups of crumbs when it's suppose to be 2-1/2 cups, but anyways I had to put lots of icing sugar and when I rolled them they started to go flat like a pancake I am for sure making them again just need some tips from other people, I also did a little change, I put rum and a a little bit of vodka,,, no harm hehehe"

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Kendra User ID: 9356528 279063
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2017

"Let me first and foremost say I did not follow this recipe precisely in that I did not use water (never have never will, why waste room for rum??) and I used dark rum rather than light rum (again, always have, never will use light rum...Kraken all the way!). That being said, the recipe is easy with minimal cleanup! I used my Ninja to grind up the wafers and the pecans. It all mixed nice and easy. Now to wait a week and a half before eating them!"

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Dessie User ID: 9347475 278801
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2017

"I would like to make these for Christmas OMG"

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Kathleen User ID: 9160913 278642
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2017

"I love the simplicity of this recipe and using honey rather than corn syrup. Great recipe to master and then add your own variations."

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melody64 User ID: 7098032 278070
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2017

"made these and love them just wondering if you can freeze these ?"

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MrsOwens User ID: 7095603 276939
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2017

"I make these multiple times a year. During the fall, I use graham crackers. Winter and spring, vanilla wafers. I have never had an issue with this recipe. Depending on my mood, I will use flavored vodka in place of the rum. Vanilla wafers and Godiva vodka, yum! Wafers or graham crackers with kahlua, yum! The possibilities are endless! Definitely one of my favorite recipes."

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rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 258737
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2016

"This was my first time making rum balls. I wanted to add something different to my holiday cookie trays that I give out as gifts; based on the amazing reviews I decided to give this recipe a try. I have to admit that I was disappointed. I added a little extra rum in place of the water as some other reviewers did, but other than that followed the recipe. I didn't have any problems, I just didn't think they were that good. I will most likely not make these again."

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KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 258345
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2016

"These Rum Balls were easy to make and are delicious -- I just finished making them today. I added 1/4 cup more baking cocoa and 2 tablespoons more rum and encountered no problems. I make Rum Balls every year and this recipe is definitely the one I'll be using in the future. Thank you for sharing it!"

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Ycclsc User ID: 8255991 257626
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2016 Edited Dec. 13, 2016

"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.
Rum Balls were a big hit. The rum flavor snuck up after the ball warmed up in your mouth. Very tasty and simple recipe. I highly recommend!"

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amehart User ID: 1464390 256239
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2016

"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!"

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