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Holiday Rum Balls

I use this recipe for special occasions with my wonderful family and friends. The treats are so easy to make and pack a festive rum punch. — Diane Duschanek, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    about 2-1/2 dozen


  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 package (12 ounces) vanilla wafers, finely crushed
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • Additional confectioners' sugar


  • In a large bowl, mix confectioners' sugar and cocoa until blended. Add crushed wafers and walnuts; toss to combine. In another bowl, mix corn syrup and rum; stir into wafer mixture.
  • Shape into 1-in. balls. Roll in additional confectioners' sugar. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 ball: 125 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Darla
    Dec 26, 2020

    Extremely good! Goowey, chocolatey than u taste a little alcohol,I used around a1/2 cup.

  • Doris
    Dec 22, 2020

    Love this recipe, easy & delicious! Been using this recipe for years! When done, I roll them in chopped walnuts & put each one in a paper candy cup!

  • chubbzbar
    Dec 21, 2020

    My family has been making these for over 60 years -- yes, 60 years. My grandmother, mother, and now my sister. One year we will make rum balls, the next year brandy balls, whiskey balls are great with honey whiskey. We always made them the weekend after Thanksgiving, because aging in the frig for about six weeks mellows the harshness of the liquor. Great recipe. Hope it is passed down in your family like it has been in mine. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Have a great season.

    Dec 21, 2020

    Btw, I used the 11-oz box of Vanilla Wafers and it was fine.

  • Dorothy
    Dec 21, 2020

    I made these for the second time this year. I drop the balls in confectioners sugar with a scoop then roll them into balls and into more sugar. They aren't so sticky with the sugar on them before you roll. I have no problems making them.

  • Carolyn
    Dec 21, 2020

    I would like to suggest looking up weights of ingredients..example 1 cup of confection sugar is 4-1/2 .oz......1 cup walnuts is 3.6 .oz.....1 cup cocoa is 3.5 ..oz Get the idea... this might be the problem for the differences. Also, if you want more flavor...use rum extract..the volume of liquid should not be a problem.. I have not made these rum balls, but have a very old one in my recipe collections. Hope I have helped....

  • Missilulu
    Dec 21, 2020

    I make these every year & I get requests for them all the time! They’re better the longer they sit... better rum flavor!

  • Eugene
    Dec 18, 2020

    My Mom used 1 cup rum and blew the oven door open.

  • suzydew
    Aug 13, 2020

    Mine is a gummy mess i followed exactly

  • Joanne
    Dec 2, 2019

    Help! I'm making these now but they're impossible to roll into balls. Very loose. I followed the directions to the T. Any suggestions to thicken up the consistency? Thanks!!!!