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posted: 12/22/20

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These Rum Balls are a family recipe and Christmas tradition you will fall in love with. Easy to make and easier to eat, you will love this no bake recipe.

a bowl full of rum balls

Over the summer we were having a 6 foot picnic with my dad and his wife. She mentioned a cookbook a family member wrote with lots of family recipes. My dad said,

“Don’t give it to Lisa! I’ll never see it again.”

He’s not wrong. I have snagged so many of my grandmas, mom’s, and aunt’s recipes. I should have rebranded to The Recipe Thief.

You’re welcome.

Here is another great snagged recipe from my dad himself. This is his Rum Ball recipe, one of my favorite Christmas traditions. My dad, in classic Italian form, tends to use his recipe as a guide and just add a little more of this and that as necessary.

I altered his recipe a little so that there is no this and that needed. I think you will love these little bites of heaven.

overhead photo of rum balls on a baking sheet

How to Make Rum Balls

This is a simple recipe that I can make – including rolling time – in under 20 minutes. Make sure to head to the bottom of the post for the full list of steps and measurements.

  1. Crush the cookies: You could certainly use a rolling pin and a plastic bag, but I find that a food processor makes quick work of making cookie crumbs.
  2. Chop the pecans: Again, you can use a knife to chop up the pecans, but given that we want them to be small, I suggest keeping that food processor out. Make sure not to run it too long or you will have pecan butter.
  3. Mix all the ingredients: Combine everything with a metal spoon or stiff wooden spoon.
  4. Scoop them into balls: My dad always just used a spoon. I like using a tablespoon so that they are all the same size.
  5. Roll them in more sugar: Finally, you roll the little guys in some powdered sugar and let them dry.
overhead of a bowl full of rum balls

Making Bourbon Balls

You could definitely switch this recipe up and use bourbon or a different liqueur for a different flavor with this recipe.

Adding Chocolate

My dad never did this, but making chocolate rum balls by dipping them in some chocolate would be a delicious and festive addition.

Simply skip the rolling in powdered sugar. Then freeze them for 20 minutes. Dip them in some melted chocolate (almond bark works best). Then allow them to set completely on wax paper.

close up of a rum ball that's been rolled in powdered sugar on a baking sheet

Storing

These Rum Balls should be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks. They should be fine, once rolled in powdered sugar, to be stacked on top of each other.

Freezing

If you would like to make this ahead of time, they are easy to freeze.

  1. Once you’ve rolled them in powdered sugar, place them on a wax paper lined baking sheet.
  2. Place in the freezer for an hour.
  3. Remove and transfer to an airtight container. Return to the freezer storing for up to three months.
close up of a rum ball that has a bite taken out of it

Other No Bake Treats

If you are looking to make easy cookie boxes for friends and neighbors, here are some other ideas:

If you make this rum ball recipe, leave me a comment and let me know what you think! I love hearing from you.

a bowl full of rum balls
4.63 from 8 votes

Rum Balls

Serves: 30 Rum Balls
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
These Rum Balls are a family recipe and Christmas tradition you will fall in love with. Easy to make and easier to eat, you will love this no bake recipe.

Ingredients

  • 11 ounces vanilla waffer cookies crushed
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (approximately 1 1/4 cup prior to chopping)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (plus approximately 3/4 cup more for rolling)
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup rum (I prefer using dark spiced rum)

Instructions

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix together with a kitchen spoon or a stiff wooden spoon. The mixture will be thick and sticky.
  • Use a tablespoon to make balls. Roll them in extra powdered sugar before transfering to a wax paper lined tray. Let dry for 30 minutes before storing in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
a bowl full of rum balls

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  1. Ellen says

    Hi Lisa, Thanks for sharing this recipe. It looks wonderful and I will definitely be making it soon. Just one question–do you have any idea how much rum flavoring I should substitute in place of actual Rum? I’d like to make a batch that is kid-friendly and hope you can help me out.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Most rum extract does contain rum, so I don’t know that using that to make it kid friendly is a good option. The liquid to cracker ratio is pretty important in this one, so you would need to find another comparable amount of liquid that doesn’t contain alcohol.

  2. Ross Cronkhite says

    5 stars
    Now I’m not Lisa’s father but I’ve been making these for years . They are good with bourbon , spiced rum ,plain rum .

  3. clarissa says

    this recipe look perfect for dec,24 thank.

  4. Marla Wetherell says

    I have been making these for 20 plus yrs. My recipe is the same. I make every yr. I prefer captian morgan spiced rum. Light is my favorite. I have changed it up alot . with flavored vodka, tequila, whiskey, amaretto was one of my favorites, one yr. I found spiced ginger liqueur and they was the bomb havent been able to get that since. Ive tried asking to order it. No luck. I’m going to use Rumchata this weekend i think they will be yummy. Happy Holidays.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Happy Holidays Marla! I love all the different variations!

  5. Marla Wetherell says

    5 stars
    I have been making these for 20 plus yrs. My recipe is the same. I make every yr. I prefer captian morgan spiced rum. Light is my favorite. I have changed it up alot . with flavored vodka, tequila, whiskey, amaretto was one of my favorites, one yr. I found spiced ginger liqueur and they was the bomb havent been able to get that since. Ive tried asking to order it. No luck. I’m going to use Rumchata this weekend .think they will be yummy. Happy Holidays. I have made non Alcohol ones as well. Using Orange juice. I think a fruit juice would work as well same amount as alcohol.

  6. Sandra Wall says

    I made the rum balls and they turned out great. I used honey instead of corn syrup and I added 3 tblspns. of hot cocoa mix. I put them in the fridge for an hour and we liked them cold.

  7. Andrea says

    2 stars
    The mixture never harden. Followed it exactly as mentioned !

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so sorry this didn’t work for you Andrea. Without me being there it’s hard to know what went wrong, but this is a very tested recipe and once rolled into balls it does harden.

  8. Debbie says

    Can a person coat these rum balls in chocolate like a truffle? I’m sure it’s doable just wondering.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I haven’t tried that, but I’m sure it would be fine!

  9. Lucia Lang says

    Hi! What could I use tu sub run for a kid friendly version of this recipe?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Any liquid would work, I would try orange juice first.

  10. Bobbie McCay says

    Hi. I really want to make these rum balls. Would it work to substitute maple syrup for corn syrup?

    • Lisa Longley says

      They have pretty difference consistencies, so I would want to try it before recommending.

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