When I told the Goodie2Spoons girls that I wanted to test out some rum balls for a holiday recipe to bring to you guys, neither one of them had ever tried them before! (Something about too many rum and cokes in college, you’ll have to ask them yourselves… 😉 ) But that didn’t stop them from concocting some of the best rum balls I’ve ever had. I don’t know why, but I have such a special place in my heart for these things! Maybe it’s because my sassy aunt used to make them for Christmas all the time. Or maybe because they seem like such a fun throwback treat, very midcentury and fun. Either way, this recipe is so simple and perfect for serving at parties, sending treats home, or just a little fun holiday experiment in the kitchen.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
- 1 package of vanilla wafers (12-14 oz.)
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- ¾ cup finely chopped pecans
- 2 tbsp light corn syrup
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ cup spiced rum
Pour cookies into a sealable plastic bag, and smash with a rolling pin until finely ground. Take 2 cups of the smashed vanilla wafers and combine in a bowl with powdered sugar, chopped pecans and cocoa powder and stir. Add corn syrup and spiced rum to the mixture of dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
Form into 1 inch balls. Roll in cocoa sugar (recipe below) and enjoy.
- 6 tbsp powdered sugar
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
Combine ingredients, spread in a shallow bowl and roll the rum balls before serving!
The girls and I agreed on this one, these get better with age! If you prep and serve the same day, the rum flavor will be pretty potent. But after a day or two it mellowed and they were even better. (Although if you like a boozy rum ball, go ahead and serve them right away!) So they’d be perfect to make ahead for a holiday party or for some take-home sweets; that way you don’t even have to think about them on the day of your shindig.