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Pomanders Recipe
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"Pomanders are one-of-a-kind, no-bake chocolate cookies. This recipe has been handed down from many generations in our family. As a tradition, Grandma has made Pomanders for us nearly every Christmas, but they are great year-round! The longer you let these no bake cookies set the better they taste. So, make them a few weeks before you plan to eat them, hide them from your family and friends, and have patience! Store in tight containers for two to three weeks to let the flavors fully cultivate and intensify. You can eat these right after they're made, but for best taste let them sit at least two weeks."

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Original recipe makes 3 dozen cookies Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    35 mins


  1. Combine the chocolate chips, sugar, corn syrup, and water in a glass or metal bowl. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water to melt the chocolate chips, stirring occasionally. Once the chips are melted, stir the orange flavoring into the mixture and remove from the heat.
  2. Meanwhile, mix together the vanilla wafers and hazelnuts in a bowl; set aside. Pour the chocolate mixture into the bowl; mix until evenly coated. Shape the mixture into small balls; decorate with the candy sprinkles.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 17, 2008

This was so easy and really tasty. I made them for a holiday cookie contest at work and took home 2nd place... not too shabby! A little tip- Make the chocolate mixture in the microwave on high for about 30 seconds, stir well- saves time and dishes.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 14, 2010

Not a knock-out. Probably won't make again. Expected them to be tastier!

Dec 16, 2008

This recipe is similar to one my mother made for decades--we use orange juice, walnuts, and roll in regular sugar. Love them.

Dec 07, 2010

This was a great recipe, and I had a number of people ask me for the recipe and we're impressed with how simple they are to make.

Feb 03, 2011

So I am a skeptic, especially where AR is concerned- I read tons of reviews before trying a recipe. Made these 10 days ago, wondered if they would be as good as the reviews. Tasted the first one today, and these are simpy amazing! I wish I'd made 3 x as much! I used Fiori di Sicilia from KAF- about 1/4 tsp. and 1 tsp vanilla. These things are simply amazing! Found some pretty gold metallic fancy sugar to roll in and they look like chocolate dusted with gold. Making more for New Year's TODAY!!! Don't wait to try these- they will be a new family favorite! Edit: After giving these on my Christmas cookie plates, the consensus is that it's better to roll them in plain cocoa than any sugar- cocoa deepens the flavor and the texture is better. Still love these, just with cocoa not sprinkles or sugar!

Nov 25, 2012

I made these a few times for different holiday parties, they went fast!! I've learned to make double batches!! Had to hide them from the kids, even though they helped make them! I also used pecans, they're our favorites

Dec 03, 2012

This was my favorite as a child. My mother, who as a young bride in the 1950's, found it in a newspaper! She would make Pomanders every year just for me. :-) One variation from above is that she would crush the vanilla wafers until very fine. (She used a blender and crushed the cookies in small batches.) The same was done with pecans. Today I crush the ingredients as fine as I can with a food processor. One final note, we rolled them in red or green colored sugar (red made them pomanders and the green for Christmas!) They were stored in one tin for each color. I now make them for grandnephews and nieces. They don't expect smooth creamy "rum balls" but rather, those wonderful "textured" orange chocolate things! They know they are POMANDERS! Enjoy the tradition.

Dec 20, 2014

Oh these are our family's favorite Christmas treat! My mother also found this recipe in the newspaper, I actually have the original cutout too. We made them yearly without fail and now my children must have them yearly as well. I crush the vanilla wafers & nuts in the food processor now, but we used to crush them with a rolling pin! I have quadrupled the recipe I have so use 24 oz of Choc Chips and make a large batch. We also roll in red and green sugar and alternate them in the tin - looks very festive. I try to make them the week after Thanksgiving then they are all ready for Christmas. I was happy to see this posted here!


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  • Calories
  • 108 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.4 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 4.3 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 0.8 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 40 mg
  • 2%

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

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