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Cocoa Rum Balls Recipe
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Cocoa Rum Balls

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"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."

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Original recipe makes 4 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins

    2 days 30 mins


  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. Store rum balls in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days to develop flavor. Roll them again in confectioners' sugar before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 03, 2004

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 that you should ALWAYS DOUBLE as they will disappear quickly. And they really do get better after a few days...they just don't normally last that long! haha I wouldn't suggest trying to crush the ingredients with anything other than a food processor. It just gives you a totally different type of cookie. I most like these when the cookies and nuts are ground to an almost powder consistancy. That way you taste the 'cookie' not the 'ingredients' if that makes sense to you.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 19, 2007

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.

Dec 28, 2005

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.

Dec 22, 2004

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 to make sure they are ground up finely.

Nov 22, 2007

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 Canada nilla vanilla wafers come in a box slightly under 12 oz. and so I didn't use quite the full amount of rum...just added it until I got a cohesive dough. Then rolled the balls in chocolate sprinkles which is our tradition. Thank you so much. My family are going to love you this Christmas. I know I will be making them each year from now on.

Dec 07, 2003

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 and coconut, and coconut just happens to work and taste better. Thank you for your recipe.

Dec 12, 2003

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 blend until dough is evenly moist; 2) use of small metal 1" meatball-shaping tongs produces uniform, perfectly rounded rum balls. Also, the 2-3 days in an airtight container is essential for full flavor.

Oct 17, 2003

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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  • Calories
  • 158 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18.7 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 7.8 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 2.3 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 46 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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