Rum Balls

Total Time:
2 hr 20 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
2 hr

Yield:
about 5 1/2 dozen
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 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
Directions

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
I loved these rum balls.next time i will try coconut rum item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic recipe! I use 151 along with sailor Jerry rum. 1/4 cup of each. Or a little more and add extra nilla wafers. Two or three rum balls will make your season bright! item not reviewed by moderator and published
First off, these are easy and amazing! I am alergic to walnuts, so they were substituted with pecans.. And I like them better rolled in granulated sugar. You are going to want to make more! Great presents for doctors, neighbors and friends! Enjoy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome!! My rum balls are requested every year for our cookie exchange, and I use 1/2 cup rum PLUS 1/4 cup brandy. For those of you that think this is too strong, you are missing the idea that these shouldn't be eaten for 5 days. They must sit in a sealed container and they mello as they age and get better and better (2-3 weeks max, though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were very easy to make because, unlike Christmas cookies, no cooking is involved!!! Yeah! I made these and like them, but forget their stated proportions. I had to double the recipe to make 4 dozen. Supposedly their recipe makes 5 1/2 dozen - NOT! Double the recipe and you will have a decent sized rumball. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy and easy! A family favorite! Easily add your favorite ingredients, too--different nuts, chopped mariscino (sp? cherries, e.g. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Make sure you keep this away from the kiddies, but it is delicious for the adults. Couldn't find anything easier to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great rumball! Perfect balance of flavours. I made mine with pecans because I didn't have walnuts on hand. Delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My co-worker made these and brought them into work... I recommend not having them before lunch... : YUM! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these for a cookie exchange and they were a hit. I noticed they were strong the first couple of days, but by day 3 and 4, the alcohol content wasn't as potent. Enjoy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasty. A little.... ok very stong with dark rum. Second batch I used coconut rum and they were an epicurean delight!! Definately a keeper in my holiday recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
love,love love, it...i've been using this recipe for 5yrs...i make them every year for neighbor's and friends. i get requests every year. i use crown royal with a extra splash ; item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made these for my book club 3 years ago & they have requested them every December! Super easy to make & adding a touch more rum doesn't affect the recipe at all. This is a favorite! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy. Taste wonderful. Rum flavor was very mellow in the batch I made. Used pecans as we have a walnut allergy in our household. Yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Their called "RUM BALLS" for a reason. Taste great, would not change a thing. You can also use Scotch,Whiskey or Bourbonfor a different taste item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are very good! They are a little heavy on the rum. I wouldn't recommend them to those who don't like rum. item not reviewed by moderator and published
As per other suggestions, I measured out a little less than 1/2 cup of the rum. I added water to make it the 1/2 cup of liquid the recipe calls for. Using a cookie scoop (like a small ice a cream scooper) I scooped out the balls and rolled them in the powdered sugar. My only complaint was after day, the powdered sugar was absorbed. This didn't effect the taste, just the appearance. I imagine you can roll the balls in other items, e.g. chopped nuts, coconut, or sprinkles. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the first lot with 1/3 cup of rum instead of half cup, but it was still too strong. So I made the second lot with 1/3 cup of Bailey's in place of the rum, and they were delicious. Everyone loved them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Have to agree with the other comments this is a strong recipe if you don't like the taste of rum this is not for you item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yes, the RUM balls are strong so if you don't like rum I wouldn't suggest you use this recipe. I've used this one for years. I've used raspberry and orange flavored rum and extract to create different flavored rum balls and they have all turned out excellent. If I share them at work I usually give the out at the end of my co-workers shift because they do come out very strong. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a new rum ball recipe for me and I am sticking with it! I mixed all of the dry ingredients in the food processor and then added the wet ingredients to it. I did add the walnuts. I think they go really well with the cocoa and rum. I also used regular Bacardi Gold which seems to be just fine. I decreased the rum just slightly and only put in 1/3 of a cup as opposed to 1/2 a cup. These are the most delicious rum balls ever! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been using this recipe to make my annual rum balls since 2003. I give these as gifts along with other sweets. The rum balls are asked for more often than my prize fudge. Haven't found a person yet who hasn't enjoyed them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the rum balls to take to a Christmas party, but after one taste, I put it down the sink. The taste and smell of rum was overwhelming. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a huge hit with some guest but a total miss with others. You either love it or hate it. The rum flavor is a bit strong for some. item not reviewed by moderator and published
so easy to make i used a cookie scoop and got 2 dozen. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These rum balls are so tasty - and easy to make! I used pecans instead of walnuts. I made a double batch right away and it will not be long before I make more! One batch equals 3.5 dozen. item not reviewed by moderator and published
a bit doughy. I've tasted better, and it could have been my poor following of directions, but they weren't the best. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these as my best friend's 21st Birthday gift. These were a hit with my friend and everyone else! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed this recipe to the dot, but the rum balls were so strong that almost no one could eat them! Maybe less rum or use light instead of dark? item not reviewed by moderator and published
It is definately a RUM ball receipe. Great for men, not really a lady's treat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best ever and as always. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were eated like popcorn at our holiday party! Yet, WARN your guests that they are very full of RUM! a good Toxic! you must like RUM to like these - but if you do - YUM YUM YUM! they are very thick and rich so I may make the balls 1/2 the size next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a successful dessert for my Holiday guests. The rum is a little strong for some, but others didn't mind it at all. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great, simple recipe and is delicious (with or without the walnuts)! I missed the show and this may have been mentioned there, but a little note on the recipe online mentioning that a light coating of powdered sugar on your hands makes rolling into a ball much easier. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these for some co-workers and they loved them. I guess it had been a while since they had these, because they were gone before I put the tray down. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The rum was too strong, I altered it by doing just under a 1/4 C of spiced rum and 1/4 C of water to make the 1/2 C, then I added one more tablespoon of the lt corn syrup. Then when they it was ready I rolled them in powder sugar. It worked and everyone so far loved them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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Just like my Aunt used to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these Rum Balls for an office holiday luncheon and I've been getting requests for them ever since!! They're so easy to make that I now give them out as holiday gifts!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are the tastiest and easiest Rum balls I have ever made! I always run out during the Holidays and get requests for more! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were a hit all through the holiday season. Have to be careful though, they have a strong rum flavor and tend to get stronger the longer they sit. Not that I mind. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are super easy to make and even easier to eat! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used this recipe for Christmas and they went over really great! Just the right amount of rum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used coconut rum (Parrot Bay) instead of dark rum and they were awesome! Also used dark karo syrup because I had it on hand. Will definitly make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I whipped a batch of these up last week and I thought the recipe worked perfectly as written. They're a great consistency to roll after chilling, and because they weren't very sticky--just sticky enough to stay together, not all over me-- it took much less time than I expected to get these done. A friend stopped over and naturally, I offered her one. She was very impressed! She and her sorority used to sell rum balls as a fund raiser in college and she said these blew that other recipe out of the water. I think they've got a great flavor--nice and rummy without being overpowering. So, since they're easy and fun to make, they'll be on my gift plates for neighbors, sent to some Marines, etc., and I will also alter the recipe to see if it will turn out well with no nuts and more vanilla wafers for my friends and family who can't eat nuts. Thanks, Emeril, for a recipe that will be well loved! item not reviewed by moderator and published
They taste very good but I found that they soften very quickly while rolling them up. But they are very great for the chocaholic & rum lovers out there. Easy method. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good rum balls. Lots of rum flavor. Next I want to try the recipe substituting pecans and bourbon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
delicious, and super easy to make!! A huge hit at our party. item not reviewed by moderator and published
everyone ate them so fast I only got 2, very good item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved tham and so did all my friends. I used Captain Morgan Spiced Rum. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent and easy to make. Did not give it a five star as the rum balls would get soft after sitting for awhile. Need more crisp to the bite. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Decided at the last minute to make this recipe. Realized I did not have any cocoa or dark rum; however, I did have a bottle of vanilla rum and vanilla extract. Made the recipe using 2 Tbls vanilla and a little more of the vanilla rum since it is not as strong as the dark rum. Recipe turned out fantastic and lends itself to substitutions. In the future, I am planning on trying combinations. Friends with allergies to chocolate and those who disliked chocolate told me that they were happy to know that rum balls could be made without chocolate. Keeping recipe in file. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used Jim Beam Black for this recipe - fabulous! Easy to make and very tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These rum balls probably would have been awesome had I not put a little extra rum in them. I used toasted walnuts and they were great. I also used Myers Dark Rum so do not use more than the recipe calls for if you are using that. Very Strong item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are excellent when allowed to age a couple of weeks. item not reviewed by moderator and published
these were awesome and so easy to make. I was worried at first because experience with cooking and baking and making food stops at kraft mac 'n cheese, but theses were awesome and sooo delicious!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The hit of the party and at work. I use pecans instead of walnuts and the rum balls taste just fine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The rum balls come out great as described and are a tasty treat. If you want to make a chocolate rumballs then, this is the one to make. However, other desserts are just better. Most people eat just one or two and then dont go back, choosing to eat other desserts instead. I finally threw most of them out... item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was great! I made this for a party, and my friends loved them. I must have bought a strong rum, because these babies were potent! I also didn't chop the walnuts very fine. I loved the consistency! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love these rum balls.Had them when i was younger.But made a little different,but like this recipe better.Thanks cavelle item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am a part time bartender and I made these for the guys there and they know there alcohol.. LOL ... They were easy to make and they tasted great, I will be making these again before christmas. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the number one hit at the party. So many people want the recipe. We are having another pot luck and guess what they all want the rumballs. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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