Rum Balls – An Old Time Family Favorite

These little rum balls pack a big punch. The alcohol doesn’t get cooked out of them, although it does evaporate a bit. All the same, maybe wait until after lunch to pass these out at work.

Rum Balls - A Classic!
Rum Balls – A Classic!

Mix together 2 1/2 cups crushed vanila wafers, 1 cup chopped nuts (we used pecans), 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 T cocoa powder, 2 T simple syrup and 1/4 cup rum. Add more rum and/or simple syrup to taste, if you’d like. Shape into balls, roll in powdered sugar, and enjoy.

Rum Balls - A Classic!
Rum Balls – A Classic!


  • 2 1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (pecan, walnut or hazlenut)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 T simple syrup
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • more powdered sugar for rolling

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9 thoughts on “Rum Balls – An Old Time Family Favorite”

  1. I made these recently without the nuts and was VERY liberal with the rum. When I brought them to work the range of responses about ‘alcohol’ in the workplace was quite amusing.

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