Rum Balls

Total Time:
2 hr 20 min
20 min
2 hr

about 5 1/2 dozen

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 1/2 cups finely crushed vanilla wafers
  • 1 cup finely chopped, toasted walnuts

Into a large bowl, sift together 1 cup of the confectioners' sugar, the cocoa powder and allspice. Stir in the rum and corn syrup. Stir in the vanilla wafers and walnuts, and mix well. Place in the refrigerator to firm up slightly, about 30 minutes. (The mixture may appear crumbly and dry; this is O.K.)

Place the remaining 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar in a shallow bowl or dish.

Using a tablespoon, scoop out portions of the chocolate mixture and press into 1-inch balls. Using your hands, roll the balls in the confectioners' sugar, coating evenly.

Place on a baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, placing waxed paper between the layers to prevent sticking.

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Emiril has the best (Rum) Balls recipe! This has been my go to dish to bring to parties this season. Huge hit! I use one box of 'Nilla wafers and run them through the Cuisinart plus Meyer's dark rum. Definitely let the balls mellow overnight in the fridge or they may be a bit strong. So tasty! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great holiday dessert. This was a hit at our Christmas Eve party! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I can't drink (I break out into hives when I do), but this was so simple I made them for friends and family for Christmas and I took one little taste and had to pop a Benedryl (it does taste strong at first), but they were still very good and everyone went wild for them! Even people I wasn't sure would care for rum balls really enjoyed them. I love all the ideas from other reviewers and will try some variations this year. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These came out perfect! I made one change though...I used 2 tablespoons of maple syrup instead of corn syrup...A little bit "healthier" and they tasted awesome! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make these every year for my husband office party. I always use light rum and dark corn syrup because that is what I have on hand and that works great. If you try one right after you make them, the rum is pretty overpowering. Let them mellow a day or 2 in the frig. They are perfect then. We started making one batch with bourbon and they are very popular as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delightful! And so easy to ate! I love captain Morgan's rum so I used that and my husband loved the also! Definitely a keeper in my recipe book! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make this omitting the nuts every year for Christmas. They freeze very well in a Tupperware container separated by wax paper, and they hold up for months that way. Dark rum is nice, but spiced rum adds an extra kick. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy and easy! Definitely double the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used a small bottle (50ml of mango flavored Barcardi Rum that I had on hand. It was excellent. I'll make this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic recipe! And what I love is you can substitute any booze or dry cookie. I made two variations this last year: S'more balls: Marsh-mellow vodka, graham crackers, and cocoa powder (omit the spices Apple Pie balls: Apple moonshine, graham crackers, and cinnamon (omit the cocoa powder item not reviewed by moderator and published

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