Recipe By Leslie
Published Dec 24th
Prep 30m Cook - Additional - Ready In 2d 30m
Servings 4 dozen Calories 158.1

This delicious smooth confection is an impressive dessert for the holidays. These are wonderful for parties, and perfect for holiday gifts to your loved ones. A half cup of orange juice plus one teaspoon of freshly grated orange peel can be substituted for the rum in this recipe.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 (12 ounce) package vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 1 ½ cups chopped nuts
  • ¾ cup confectioners' sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • ½ cup light rum
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • ⅓ cup confectioners' sugar

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 In a large bowl, combine vanilla wafer crumbs, chopped nuts, 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, and cocoa. Mix in rum and corn syrup. Shape dough into 1 inch balls; roll in confectioners' sugar.
  2. 2 Store rum balls in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days to develop flavor. Roll them again in confectioners' sugar before serving.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 158.1
  • Carbohydrate 18.7 g
  • Fat 7.8 g
  • Fiber 1.5 g
  • Protein 2.3 g
  • Saturated Fat 1.5 g
  • Sodium 45.7 mg
  • Sugar 5.4 g


  1. Fun to make, I have made these before but not with the chocoalte kick, I like it...a little shot of rum while your making them helps the whole preocss go smoother....
  2. These have become a regular treat for our family at Christmas. I use a food processor for the wafer cookies and nuts to make a finer mixture as recommended by another reviewer and it works great - so much easier to roll into the balls! I also use Parrot Bay rum for a nice coconut - Read more ...
  3. I followed the recipe to a "T" and found the rum flavor to be overwhelmingly strong and the texture of the cookie extremely dry. I have made rum balls in the past that were much better. I remembered that the recipe then had called for 1/2 c. oil and much less rum.
  4. These rum balls are awesome. I have tried many recipes that are often mucky and a pain to make. These are perfect. I used a food processor then stirred in the cornstarch and rum. As we like lots of flavour I used dark rum and dissolved 1 tsp. of instant coffee in it first. In - Read more ...
  5. These were the hit of every party I took them to! - so delicious! Only thing I do different is toss them in granulated sugar rather than confection - the sparkles look nicer.
  6. These are awesome!! I made them last year and they were a hit! I use Bacardi Vanilla flavored rum instead of plain rum and it gives it a little something extra and this year I will triple the recipe due to the high demand!! I also throw the nuts and cookies in the food processor - Read more ...
  7. I get such RAVE reviews when I make these. The only changes I make is that I use Malibu Rum instead of regular's what I have on hand and personally I prefer it because the flavor is much more mild and I'm not a big rum fan. I definately feel this is a recipe - Read more ...
  8. This is a winner! Thank you Leslie! Have made several times for various get togethers and have received raves each time! Use of a blender to powder both the wafers and the nuts (in several small batches) makes this quick to prepare too. Two tips: 1) after blending mixture with spoon use hands to further - Read more ...
  9. If I had to sum up this recipe in one word it would have to be yumyumyummy!! These cookies are not only beautiful but they taste wonderful. Unlike many holiday confections the longer they sit the better they taste! I highly recommend using coconut-flavored rum in this recipe. My boyfriend and I tried two batches--spiced - Read more ...
  10. I took these to a cookie exchange party and won most outstanding. I used almonds for the nuts and ground them in a coffee grinder until very fine. Wonderful cookie with no baking!!!

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