Cocoa Rum Balls

Cocoa Rum Balls


"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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2 d 30 m servings 158 cals
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Original recipe yields 24 servings



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

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  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.


  1. 191 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

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 mu...

Most helpful critical review

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 reme...

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 mu...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 s...

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 smal...

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!!!

These have become a regular treat for our family at Christmas. I use a food processor for the wafer cookies and nuts to make a finer mixture as recommended by another reviewer, and it works gre...

I had 80 proof rum so I cut it with water for a 60% rum 40% water. I also made a batch with 3/8c coconut rum & 1/8c reg. rum. Let them "age" in the fridge for a week and they were fabulous.