This is the first time I've made rum balls and this recipe is very easy. Here is my experience:
First, I ground up more (about 70-75) vanilla wafers and pecans (heaping cup) than the recipe requested. Then, I mixed in the sugar and cocoa before I added the liquids. In a glass measuring cup, I poured about a 1/3 cup of rum and a heaping teaspoon of espresso powder. I also added a cap-ful of vanilla extract.
Next, I placed the stick of salted butter and corn syrup into the same pot to melt together. I felt the corn syrup would combine more smoothly with the dry mixture when melted. I poured the melted butter and corn syrup into the bowl and mixed well. Then, I added the rum mixture and mixed very well again. Because my mixture was wet due to the amount of rum, I placed the bowl into the refrigerator to set up for about 15-20 minutes. I used a 1/4 cup ice cream scoop to mold the mixture into 1 ounce balls. I then rolled them in toasted coconut, powdered sugar and cocoa. The balls absorbed much of the cocoa and powdered sugar so a second rolling right before presenting was necessary. They received good reviews from party goers. I'll definitely make these again.
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This is the first time I've made rum balls and this recipe is very easy. Here is my...