December 4, 2011

Rum Balls {with Spiced Rum}

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.

Happy holidays!!

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Rum Balls {with Spiced Rum}
Source: My Mom
(Printable recipe)
  • 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 until well combined. Cover and 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.


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  1. Yummy, those look so good! Pretty pictures, too!
    Merry Christmas

  2. Yummy! I always loved rum balls, and the ones in the store never tastes as good as home made. And I bet they use rum flavouring, so what is the point right? I must give in and try these!

  3. Gotta try this...they look so yummy and delicious!

  4. OOO These look great! Thanks for linking up to A Themed Baker's Sunday at Cupcake Apothecary!

  5. I love those tradition recipes. Of course, I have trouble making them because I always want to try something new! These rum balls might fit the bill! Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday. :)

  6. Those look totally scrumptious! And very festive!

  7. Hi Tracey,
    What a beautiful presentation for your wonderful Rum Balls. They look delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. These rum balls look and sound amazing. I would love it if you came to link to my holiday recipe swap blog hop. It is my first ever! Love these recipes.
    -Erin Kennedy

  9. We ADORE these! Alex got so obsessed, he decided he must make them himself! He was very happy to do it "the Tracey way" but in thinking more is better...he generously decided EVEN MORE is even better. Have to say, I suggested he stick to your recipe exactly next time. I will let you guess what he "tweaked" ;)

  10. I let him read this comment and he suggested his version would need a disclaimer..."If you have more than 3 of these, you probably shouldn't drive." HA! ;)

  11. You know - I don't think I've EVER had a rum ball. I need to get out of the cave! Thanks for linking to The 12 days of Christmas. SArah

  12. Very much new to me. Definitely gonna try this week.

  13. Hey, that's pretty cool and how i love to grab one of them and get them directly to my mouth, LOL. and you know what, I thought it was included to you Christmas table decorations too, silly me. Beautiful photos :)

  14. I had no idea rum balls were this easy!! Can't wait to try!

  15. I could eat 8 handfuls of these. Haha Yum!

  16. These sound and look seriously delicious...but what exactly are vanilla wafers? What kind do you use?

  17. What is the "T" for, is it tablespoon or teaspoon?

    1. Capital T stands for tablespoon ... teaspoon is tsp. Enjoy!

  18. I followed this recipe. Please note some CORRECTIONS to this recipe:

    Firstly, there is no way this amount of ingredients could ever yield three dozen rum balls, as stated. To get three dozen, the recipe should be tripled.

    Secondly, confectioner's sugar must be SIFTED into the dry ingredients. The lumps in the sugar would never smooth out with so little liquid in this mixture.

    Thirdly, they came out very, very rummy.

    Finally, please post recipes responsibly!

    1. Dear anonymous,
      Firstly ~ You must have made your rum balls gigantic. I get 3 dozen just fine.

      Secondly ~ I have made this recipe for almost 30 years, and have never once in my life SIFTED the confectioners' sugar into the dry ingredients. And have never had a problem with lumps.

      Thirdly ~ Ummmmm, yes ... rum balls are supposed to be rummy. If you don't want the taste of rum, make chocolate truffles.

      Finally ~ I have no idea what you even mean by this.

      P.S. ~ While I appreciate each and every one of my readers, there are a multitude of food blogs to read. If you don't find my recipes to your liking, I'm sure there are many other sites out there that may suit your taste.


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