This easy rum balls recipe is a tasty treat for grown-ups. This no bake recipe comes together in no time and because the flavor develops even more overnight, it’s the perfect make ahead sweet for parties. For an even more decadent treat, try chocolate covered rum balls!
It wouldn’t be Christmas without these old fashioned rum balls. They are as much a part of our holiday treats as gingerbread and sugar cookies. This recipe makes 5 dozen, so it is great for cookie exchanges and gift-giving.
old fashioned boozy rum balls
There are plenty of variations out there for rum balls. You can use vanilla wafer cookies, or chocolate cookies. You can make them with or without cocoa. Rum balls can be rolled in anything you wish from regular sugar or powdered sugar to non pareils or colored sanding sugar for a more festive look. As long as they are boozy, you are doing it right.
do rum balls need to be refrigerated?
Rum balls do not to be refrigerated, but they should be stored in a cool area. Refrigerating them will extend the life of them, though. Provided they last that long. If kept in a sealed container in the fridge, they will last a few weeks. Last year, I had mine in the refrigerator for three weeks before they were all gone and they were still perfectly fine. For this reason, these are a great make ahead treat for the holidays. After I’ve portioned out whatever I need for cookie exchanges or gifts, I keep the rest of refrigerated for friends who pop over during the holidays.
Traditionally, a bourbon ball is made with chocolate. However, most people make a recipe exactly like this one substituting bourbon for rum. You’ve now made a bourbon ball! You can swap out any liquor that you like. I am a bourbon lover, so I like the bourbon swap. You could use flavored rum also. Think coconut rum for a tropical easy coconut rum balls recipe!
rum balls without cocoa
I don’t put cocoa powder in my rum balls, but if you want them to have just a touch of cocoa flavor, add 2 tablespoons with the powdered sugar. Personally, if I can feel like I’m having a drink and eating a cookie at the same time, I’m in. Therefore, my cookies definitely taste like rum. Another possibility would be to add a bit of cocoa powder to your powdered sugar or granulated sugar and roll them in a cocoa sugar mixture.
christmas rum balls
As my mom says, these will make your eyes twirl. And let’s face it, as wonderful as Christmas is, sometimes it’s also very stressful. We are all baking a million things, shopping and running around like mad. I need an easy rum balls recipe that I can whip up with little effort and not much time. The most time consuming part of this recipe is waiting to eat them.
what do i need to make this easy rum balls recipe?
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- Cookie scoop – so the rum balls are all uniform in size
- Red Serving Bowl – so festive!
- Food processor – makes quick work of these and so much more
- Food scale – so useful! This is the one I own. I’ve had it for 15+ years & it’s still going strong.
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what cookies can i make for a cookie exchange?
- The Speckled Palate’s Rosemary Shortbread
- Pook’s Pantry Classic Sugar Cookies
- Pook’s Pantry Lemon Ricotta Cookies
- Pook’s Pantry Triple Chocolate Cookies
More Rum Ball Variations:
- Pumpkin Rum Balls
- Coconut Rum Balls
- Chocolate Coconut Rum Balls
- Cherry Rum Balls
- Chocolate Covered Rum Balls
- Cinnamon Rum Balls
- 12 ounces vanilla wafer cookies, 1 box of cookies
- 1 1/4 cup pecans, toasted
- 1.5 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp allspice, ground
- 1/2 cup dark rum
- 2 tbsp light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- In the bowl of a food processor, process vanilla wafers and pecans until finely ground. Set aside. You may have to do this batches.
- In a large bowl, sift together 1 cup powdered sugar, salt and allspice.
- Stir in rum and corn syrup.
- Add vanilla wafers and pecans. Mix well.
- Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Combine remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and granulated sugar in a shallow bowl and set aside.
- Scoop out tablespoon portions, roll into balls and toss to coat in sugar mixture.
- Place on parchment lined baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
If you have the time, chill these overnight.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 65 Sodium: 42mg Carbohydrates: 9g Sugar: 7g