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Rum Balls

Rated as 4.51 out of 5 Stars

"I wanted a good rum ball with a lot of kick, so I sat down and came up with this recipe. I didn't realize how good these were until one year I didn't make them for work. I just about got lynched! Needless to say, I've made them every year since (about 20 years). These are best if you use Meyers Original Dark Rum® chilled, and Nabisco® 'Nilla wafer cookies. They are at their peak if you make them 2 days in advance. Remove from fridge 30 minutes before serving."
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1 h 10 m servings 148
Original recipe yields 24 servings (2 dozen rum balls)


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  1. Place vanilla cookies in a food processor and process into fine crumbs.
  2. Heat chocolate chips and corn syrup together in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring often, until chocolate is melted and smooth, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in rum and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Fold in cookie crumbs; dough will be sticky.
  3. Place saucepan in the refrigerator until dough is firm and easy to roll, about 15 minutes. Cover 2 plates with waxed paper; dust with confectioners' sugar.
  4. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on the prepared plates. Dust rum balls with confectioners' sugar. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
  5. Remove rum balls from refrigerator and transfer to a resealable bag, including the extra confectioners' sugar. Seal the bag and shake to coat the rum balls completely with confectioners' sugar.


  • Cook's Note:
  • You will find that you will probably use more than just a cup of confectioners' won't hurt the recipe one bit.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 148 calories; 4.9 22.3 0.9 0 46 Full nutrition

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This was really good and really easy! I've never made rum balls before so I didn't realize there are so many different recipes out there. These are nice and rich, exactly what I was looking for....

Most helpful critical review

I felt like it had way too much rum!!!! I think if you use half that amount they would be better.

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This was really good and really easy! I've never made rum balls before so I didn't realize there are so many different recipes out there. These are nice and rich, exactly what I was looking for....

I just finished decorating these and they are fabulous! I decorated them all different ways following a video I saw at joyofbaking after googling rum balls. I liked the ease of this recipe bette...

Delicious! I did chicken out and use a little less rum, which I thought made them perfect, but hubby said he would like me to add more rum next time...go figure, lol. I do believe these will get...

this was something new for me to make for the holidays but I remembered how good they were. While in Tech school in the Air Force (years ago) a buddy's grandmother had sent them to him and I wa...

Very simple recipe. Let them sit in the fridge for a few hours before you sample them. The flavor keeps getting better with each passing day. I used 2 cups of powdered sugar and I also used dark...

There are so many different rum ball recipes out there, I wasn't sure which to try! I opted for this recipe because it didn't include nuts, and uses chocolate instead of just cocoa powder. I th...

Best recipe ive tasted. And very easy to do in a hurry. I did find that refrigerating between doing up and rolling Into balls was not necessary. At the party i had to make another double bat...

This was my first time making rum balls and I must say that this recipe was great! Not too sure why there aren't more reviews...I am definitely making these again for my guests over Christmas. ...

Very tasty I did these but I added 1 cup of pecans finely chopped