Cocoa Rum Balls


These chocolate rum balls are an impressive dessert for the holidays. They are wonderful for parties and make perfect holiday gifts for your loved ones.

close up on a bowl of cocoa rum balls, rolled in confectioners' sugar.
Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
2 days
Total Time:
2 days 30 mins
4 dozen


  • 1 (12 ounce) package vanilla wafers, crushed

  • 1 ½ cups chopped nuts

  • ¾ cup confectioners' sugar

  • ¼ cup cocoa

  • ½ cup light rum

  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup

  • cup confectioners' sugar, or more as needed


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    all ingredients gathered to make cocoa rum balls.

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  2. Combine vanilla wafer, nuts, 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, and cocoa in a large bowl.

    vanilla wafer, cocoa, nuts, and confectioners' sugar combined in a mixing bowl.

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  3. Mix in rum and corn syrup until well combined.

    rum and corn syrup mixed in until well combined.

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  4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in confectioners' sugar to coat.

    dough shaped into 1-inch balls and rolled in confectioners' sugar.

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  5. Store rum balls in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days to develop flavor. Roll them again in confectioners' sugar before serving.

    store in an airtight container for flavors to fully develop.

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A 1/2 cup of orange juice plus 1 teaspoon of freshly grated orange peel can be substituted for the rum.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

158 Calories
8g Fat
19g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 158
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Sodium 46mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 80mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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