Chocolate Rum Balls with spiced rum ~ a Christmas classic in our home.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! ... And in our family, it's not Christmas without Rum Balls with Spiced Rum!! My Mom has made Rum Balls at Christmastime ever since I can remember. I have happily continued the tradition.
Of course, once I got my hands on the recipe, I "Tracey-ified" it, as I like to do. Isn't it so fun to tinker with a recipe to make it your own? To me, that's what cooking and baking is all about! So, I changed the regular white rum in the original recipe to dark spiced rum, and added some extra ~ ya know, just for good measure.
I make these Rum Balls with Spiced Rum each year to include in the Christmas treat bags I give to friends. At this point, I don't think I would get away with not putting them in there without some form of a riot.
The extra beauty of these? They're so easy.
A bit time consuming if you're making several batches, like I do ... but easy. And hey, you can just turn on your favorite Christmas movies and roll away to your heart's content while getting in the holiday 'spirit' (pun intended! ... I know, it was a bit of a weak one).
But do be warned, I love my Rum Balls with Spiced Rum quite 'spirited' (aka: I make 'em a wee bit strong). You can adjust the amount of spiced rum to taste, if you'd like.
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Rum Balls (the Tracey way!)
Source: My Mom
1 c. crushed vanilla wafers
1 c. confectioner's sugar
1 1/2 c. finely chopped walnuts
2 T. cocoa
2 T. honey
1/4 c. + an extra splash of dark spiced rum
1. Mix all ingredients together. Chill one hour in the refrigerator.
2. Form into small smalls (I use a small cookie scoop to measure out each one). Roll each ball in additional confectioner's sugar.
3. Store in an airtight container. These can be made in advance and stored in the freezer until needed.
Note: Each batch makes about 3 dozen Rum Balls, give-or-take a few depending on the size you make each one. I usually make at least a double or triple batch.