Get ready to whip up some yummy Rum Balls. These little gems are super easy to make and don't need any baking. They have a zesty rum flavor that's smoothed out by the flavor of sweet nuts and cookies. Perfect for holiday parties or just as a special treat, these Rum Balls are a fun way to add some cheer to any day.
Ever wanted to learn how to make rum balls? I was surprised how easy they were the first time I made them.
This rum ball recipe has a bold (but not too bold) rum taste, softened by the sweetness of cookies and sugar, with a little cocoa kick. They're the perfect bite-sized treat for sharing and celebrating.
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What You'll Love About This Recipe
- No-Bake Ease: Quick and simple to make without any oven time.
- Flavorful Delight: A wonderful blend of rum, chocolate, and walnuts.
- Customizable: Choose from various toppings to suit your taste.
- Perfect for Gifting: Ideal for sharing with friends and family.
- Versatile: Great for holidays, parties, or just a special treat.
Nilla Wafers or Vanilla Wafers: These sweet, vanilla-flavored cookies are crushed to form the base of our rum balls. They give a nice, soft texture and a yummy vanilla taste.
Powdered Sugar: Powdered sugar, or confectioners sugar, is a fine sugar that blends easily and gives our rum balls a smooth, sweet touch.
Walnuts: These nuts add a lovely crunch and a rich, nutty flavor. Make sure they're fresh and finely chopped for the best taste. You could also use finely chopped pecans instead.
Spiced Rum: This is what gives our rum balls their special kick! The spiced rum adds a warm, deep flavor that makes these treats really special. You'll want to use a dark rum for this recipe. Not the white rum.
Cocoa Powder: This adds a chocolatey touch, making the rum balls even more irresistible.
Light Corn Syrup: It helps stick everything together and adds just a bit more sweetness.
Salt: Just a little bit helps bring out all the other flavors.
- 1-Inch Cookie Scoop: Ensures uniform size for each rum ball.
- Large and Small Mixing Bowls: For combining and mixing ingredients.
- Rubber Spatula: Essential for mixing without sticking.
- Rubber Gloves: Useful for mixing and shaping the balls.
- Measuring Cups and Spoons: For accurate ingredient measurement.
- Small Bowls: For your chosen garnishes.
- Parchment Paper & 9x13 Baking Sheet: For easy shaping and clean-up.
Prepare Your Baking Sheet: First, grab a 9x13 baking sheet and cover it with parchment paper. This will keep your rum balls from sticking and make your cleanup easier. Once you've done that, just set the sheet aside for now.
Get Your Crumbs and Nuts Ready: Take your Nilla wafers and walnuts, and crush them until they're really fine, almost like dry sand. This helps everything mix together well. Using a food processor makes this step a breeze and gives you the perfect texture.
Mixing Time: Now, in a big mixing bowl, put together your finely crushed Nilla wafers, a dash of salt, and your chopped walnuts. This is the base of your rum balls, so make sure they're well combined.
Sifting for Smoothness: It's time to add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. The trick here is to sift them right into your walnut and wafer mix. This makes sure there are no lumps and everything is smooth. After sifting, stir it all together until it's really well mixed.
Combine the Liquid Ingredients: Grab a smaller mixing bowl and mix the corn syrup with the rum. Stir them together until the syrup has completely dissolved. This mixture is going to add that delicious rum flavor to your balls.
Bringing It All Together: Pour your rum and syrup mix over the dry ingredients you just prepared. Stir everything together until it begins to thicken up, kind of like how cookie dough feels.
Shape Your Rum Balls: Now, put on some rubber gloves - this keeps things less messy. Gently combine the mixture by hand. You're not trying to squash it, just mix it enough so it holds together.
Form the Balls: Using a 1-inch cookie scoop (which helps get them all the same size), scoop and roll the mixture into little 1-inch balls. Place each ball onto your parchment-lined baking sheet.
Toppings Time: Choose whatever toppings you like and put them in small bowls. When you're ready to coat the rum balls, give them another quick roll to make them perfectly round, then roll them in your chosen toppings.
For coating i used cocoa powder for half and white powdered sugar for the other half.
Pop them back on the baking sheet, and there you go, your rum balls are ready to enjoy!
These make awesome homemade holiday gifts. Package them up in a cute box and add a bow for a sweet, from the heart gift.
We kept it simple this time and used cocoa powder and confectioners sugar to roll our rum balls in. However, here are a few of our other favorite ideas you could use as well.
Cocoa Powder: Rolling rum balls in cocoa powder gives them a rich, chocolatey finish. It's perfect for those who love a deep, chocolate taste.
Confectioners' Sugar or powdered sugar: This gives a sweet and snowy appearance to your rum balls, adding a light, melt-in-your-mouth sweetness.
Shredded Coconut: Coating your rum balls in shredded coconut not only adds a tropical twist but also provides a delightful crunch and sweet, nutty flavor.
Finely Chopped Nuts: Rolling the balls in chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds adds an extra nutty crunch and enhances the overall nutty flavor profile of the rum balls.
Chocolate Sprinkles: This is a fun and visually appealing option, especially great for parties or when serving to kids-at-heart. The sprinkles add a sweet chocolate crunch.
Crushed Nilla Wafers: For an added layer of texture and to reinforce the vanilla flavor, try rolling the rum balls in crushed Nilla wafers.
Crushed Graham Crackers: This gives a slight cinnamon hint and an extra crunch, creating a delightful contrast with the softness of the rum balls.
Consistency is Key: Ensure the mixture has the right consistency. If it's too dry, add a bit more rum; if too wet, add more crushed cookies. This will make forming the balls easier and improve their texture.
Uniform Size: Use a 1-inch cookie scoop for uniformity. This ensures all rum balls are the same size, which helps in even coating with toppings and makes them look more appealing.
Fresh Ingredients: Use fresh nuts and Nilla wafers for the best flavor. Stale ingredients can negatively affect the taste and texture of your rum balls.
- Graham Crackers for Nilla Wafers: If you don't have vanilla wafer cookies, graham crackers are a great substitute. They'll give a slightly different flavor but will still be delicious.
- Maple Syrup for Corn Syrup: If you're out of corn syrup, maple syrup can work as a sweet binder.
- Bourbon or Brandy for Rum: For a different twist, try bourbon or brandy instead of rum. Each will give a unique flavor to the rum balls.
- Almond Flour for Walnuts: If you're not a fan of walnuts, almond flour can be a good alternative, adding a different nutty flavor.
- Chocolate Chip Rum Balls: Add mini chocolate chips to the mixture for a double chocolate experience.
- Citrus Zest Rum Balls: Mix in some orange or lemon zest for a fresh, citrusy flavor.
- Espresso Rum Balls: Stir in a teaspoon of espresso powder to give a coffee twist to your rum balls.
- Cinnamon Sugar Rum Balls: After shaping, roll your rum balls in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar for a warm, spicy coating.
These rum balls are a sweet treat that tastes like a cozy holiday party. They have a yummy rum flavor with a hint of spices, mixed with the crunch of walnuts and the softness of Nilla wafers. They're perfect for when you want something sweet and a little bit special.
- 5 Cups Nilla Wafers, finely crushed
- 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
- 1 Cup Walnuts, finely chopped
- ½ Cup Spiced Rum
- 2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
- 2 Tablespoons Light Corn Syrup
- ½ Teaspoon Salt
- Optional Garnishes: Powdered Sugar, Cocoa Powder, Crushed Nilla Wafers, Chopped Walnuts or Pecans
- Line 9x13 baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
- Ensure cookie crumbs and chopped walnuts are fine, like dry sand. Pulse in food processor for best results.
- In large bowl, combine crushed Nilla wafers, salt, and chopped walnuts.
- Sift powdered sugar and cocoa powder into walnut mixture. Stir until thoroughly combined.
- In small bowl, mix corn syrup and rum until syrup dissolves.
- Pour over Nilla wafer mix; stir until thick consistency.
- With rubber gloves, gently combine mixture to cookie dough consistency.
- Use 1-inch scoop, roll mixture into balls; place on prepared pan.
- Choose toppings, place in bowls. Re-roll balls, coat in toppings, return to pan. Enjoy!
The key to perfect rum balls is getting the right consistency. If too dry, add a bit more rum; if too moist, add more crushed cookies.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 508Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 353mgCarbohydrates: 75gFiber: 2gSugar: 50gProtein: 5g
Room Temperature: Store your rum balls in an airtight container at room temperature. They'll stay good for up to 5 days.
Avoid Moisture: Keep them away from moisture to prevent them from getting soggy.
Not for the Fridge: It's best not to put them in the fridge, as this can make the coatings gooey.
Gifting and Transporting: If you're taking them to a party or giving them as a gift, keep them in a sturdy container to keep them looking nice.
Yes, you can make non-alcoholic rum balls by substituting the rum with a mixture of rum extract and water. For every ½ cup of rum, use 1 teaspoon of rum extract mixed with enough water to make ½ cup.
Freezing is not recommended for rum balls. The texture and taste can change when thawed, and the coatings may become soggy.
Due to the alcohol content, these particular rum balls are not suitable for children. The alcohol in the rum does not get cooked off, so they should be reserved for adults.
Yes, other dry cookies can be used in place of Nilla wafers. Graham crackers or shortbread cookies are good alternatives, though they will slightly change the flavor.
he mixture should hold together without being overly sticky or crumbly. It should be moist enough to shape into balls that hold their form.
Absolutely! Almonds, pecans, or even hazelnuts can be used instead of walnuts. Each type of nut will give a different flavor profile to the rum balls.