Rum Balls

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The adults on my Mom’s side of the family exchange cookies instead of gifts so each year I have the opportunity to try out some new cookies and make some old favorites.

This recipe falls into the “new” category but they’ll definitely be making repeat appearances. They’ve got a lot going for them:

  • I love anything involving rum. These are nice and rum-y.
  • They involve no actual cooking.
  • If you use a food processor, they come together very quickly.
  • Did I mention they’ve got rum in them?

Rum Balls
(from Taste of Home)

2-1/2 c. crushed vanilla wafers (roughly one box)
1 c. ground pecans
1 c. confectioners’ sugar
2 T. plus 2 t. baking cocoa
1/4 c. rum
3 T. honey
2 T. water
Additional confectioners’ sugar and/or crushed vanilla wafers

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.


4 thoughts on “Rum Balls

  1. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for posting this recipe. My father in law’s ex wife use to make these for us every Christmas, but she has since moved out of state. I didn’t get the recipe for her rum balls, and my husband and I are really missing them this year. I am going to make these and surprise him.

    I am kinda surprised to see vanilla wafers as an ingredient. LOL Thanks again!

  2. Oh, and I forgot to ask. I have never bought rum before. Is there a brand that you recommend? Is there different grades or anything that I need to look for?

    • I used Bacardi Superior because it’s what I had handy and they came out fantastic – so I would recommend that.

      If you’re not a big rum drinker and don’t want a big bottle, check to see if your liquor store has the airplane-sized bottles!

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