Rum Balls

Total Time

Prep: 40 min.


3-1/2 dozen

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
Rum flavor comes through nicely in these traditional, no-bake rum balls. I like to make a few dozen at a time and give them to my neighbors for Christmas—Audrey Larson, Bloomington, Minnesota


  • 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


  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.
Bourbon Balls: Substitute bourbon for the rum.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Make these ahead to allow the flavors to meld together. Substitute flavored vodka in place of rum.
  • Roll half of the rum balls in powdered sugar and the other half in crushed vanilla wafers for texture and visual appeal.
  • Check out more of our favorite no-bake cookie recipes.
  • Nutrition Facts

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