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A hand pulling one rum ball out of a bowl full of them.

Rum Balls

  • Author: Ben
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 9 hours
  • Total Time: 9 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American


Rum Balls are sweet, a bit boozy, and a delicious Christmastime treat. They are so easy to make and don't need any baking! Just a few minutes of active work makes this delicious and tasty Holiday treat.



  • 1 12 oz container of Vanilla Wafers, finely crushed
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp dark molasses
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tbsp butter melted, but not hot
  • 1 cup powdered sugar + 1/2 cup powdered sugar for rolling
  • 1 tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa for rolling


  1. In food processor, process wafers to a fine crumble
  2. Combine all ingredients MINUS 1/2 cup powdered sugar and cocoa.
  3. Set aside in the refrigerator for 1-4 hours. 
  4. Once time has passed, roll into about 12 even small balls. They should approximately be about 1 1/2 ounces. 
  5. In small dish mix 1/2 cup powdered sugar and cocoa
  6. Roll each of the balls in the sugar/cocoa mixture and set in container
  7. Place in a container and cover. Allow resting for at 8 hours before serving. I prefer this rest in the refrigerator, but can be left out. 
  8. Serve


  • Store your rum ball batter in the fridge for at least one hourbefore forming. Your balls will form better.
  • If you don’t like nuts, don’t use them!
  • Consider using different powders for the coating.
  • These do not need to be stored in the refrigerator, but I prefer them refridgerated.


  • Serving Size: 1 Cookie
  • Calories: 265
  • Sugar: 29 g
  • Sodium: 154 mg
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 42 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 5 mg

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