Rum Balls Recipe

Chocolate Rum Balls

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These fun and festive Chocolate Rum Balls are quick to come together, taste delicious and perfect for any special occasion.  They make a great hostess gift for holiday parties. 


  • 1 box (12 ounce) vanilla wafer cookies
  • 1 1/2 cups almonds
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup light rum
  • 2 1/23 tablespoons corn syrup


  1. Using a food processor crush cookies and nuts until finely ground.  Move the contents to a large bowl. Stir in the powdered sugar and cocoa with a wooden spoon until well mixed.
  2. Add the rum and the corn syrup a little at a time alternating between the two.  You want just enough for everything to pull into a dough that you can roll into balls.
  3. Roll into one inch balls and then roll the mixture through sprinkles, powdered sugar, or cocoa.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge.


  • Use a good quality unsweetened cocoa.  I am a huge fan of Ghirardelli Cocoa.
  • A small cookie scoop comes in handy for uniform size rum balls but finish rolling them in your hands. 
  • These tasty treats will last about two weeks if stored properly in an airtight container in the fridge.  Or freeze for up to two months.
  • You will definitely taste the alcohol in these treats but isn’t that the plan.
  • These balls taste best after a couple of days in the fridge where the ingredients can co-mingle and the rum can mellow.
  • Just roll these goodies in sprinkles, powdered sugar, cocoa or coconut to suit any and all occasions.
  • For a change of pace substitute coconut rum, dark rum, or even spiced rum for the light rum.  They are all so darn delicious.
  • Not a huge fan of corn syrup?  No problem use real maple syrup.  Costco sells a delectable organic maple syrup that gives them a wonderful unique flavor.
  • You can substitute walnuts or pecans for the almonds. 
  • Swap bourbon for the rum and make bourbon balls. 

Keywords: chocolate rum balls, how to make rum balls, rum ball cookies

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