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Rum Balls

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
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 40 min.
  • Makes
    3-1/2 dozen

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 or crushed vanilla wafers

Directions

  • 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.



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.

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    • KristineChayes
      Dec 29, 2020

      These were good, similar to the recipe I usually use. I increased the rum to 1/2 cup for more flavor.

    • Bonnie
      Dec 18, 2020

      If you don't immediately make the balls, the mixture dries out and will not form. Act fast! Next time, to increase the flavor, I will add run extract.

    • Sarah
      Dec 11, 2020

      Mom makes these and she uses a 1/2 cup of rum instead of a 1/4 cup

    • Meredith
      Nov 27, 2020

      Disappointing. Can hardly taste the rum and very bland. Next time, I will use more rum and no water. Maybe add some vanilla, nutmeg or cinnamon.

    • Lisa
      Nov 17, 2020

      No comment left

    • Nancy
      Dec 15, 2019

      My mom has been making rum balls for as long as I can remember. Probably at least 50 years. She makes them every year. We never freeze or refrigerate and they last a very long time in an air tight container. She uses corn syrup instead of honey and has never used water. I have also rolled them in cocoa powder instead of powdered sugar. You can experiment with different cookies, nuts

    • JoAnna
      Dec 13, 2019

      "SHARLENE, YOU NEED TO USE ALL 2.5 CUPS OF WAFFERS. THE VODKA IS OK TO SUBSTITUTE FOR WATER. I MADE THESE A FEW YEARS AGO IN SEPTEMBER. PUT THEM IN FRIDGE FOR 2 WEEKS. THEN FROZE THEM UNTIL THANKSGIVING. LET THEM SIT OUT UNTIL UNTHAWED THEN PUT IN FRIDGE UNTIL XMAS. THEY GET STRONGER THE LONGER THEY SIT. ALWAYS USE DARK RUM. CRENZEL (Cruzan?) HAS 151 SINCE BACARDI QUIT MAKING IT. KRAKEN ALSO VERY GOOD WITH THIS RECIPE. NEVER USE WATER. YOU CAN VARY WITH CONDIMENTS 2 TASTE OR MAKE A FEW BATCHES TO VARY WTH COATING. I DID ALL THE CRUSHING OLD SCHOOL WITH HELP FROM MY TEENAGE SONS." Linda, don't be a dick. I'll translate your comment, too. "Could someone please explain Carl's review to me? I'm having trouble understanding it, and instead of using my brain, to figure it out, or ask for help, like a grown up, I'd rather make a snarky comment for attention."

    • Bev
      Dec 12, 2019

      These are delicious!

    • Carl
      Oct 11, 2018

      SHARLENE, YOU NEED TO USE ALL 2.5 CPS OF WFFRS. THE VODKA IS OK 2 SUB FOR WATER. I MADE THESE A FW YEARS AGO IN SEPT. PUT THM IN FRIG FOR 2WKS. THEN FROZE THM TILL THNKSGVNNG. LT THM SET OUT. TOL UNTHWD THN PUT IN FEIG TIL XMAS. THY GET MORE STRNGR THE LNGR THE SET. ALWAYS USE DRK RUM. CRENZEL HAS 151 SINCE BACARDI QT MKNG IT. KRAKEN ALSO VRY GD WTH THIS RECIPE. NVR USE WATER. U CAN VRY WITH CONDIMENTS 2 TASTE OR MAKE A FEW BATCHES TO VARY WTH COATING. I ALL THE CRHSING OLD SCHOOL WTH HELP FROM MY TNAGE SONS.

    • Sharlene
      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