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Rum Balls III Recipe
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Rum Balls III

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"This is an easy recipe for rum balls that can be made in a short amount of time and get better with age. The strength of the rum determines if the kids get any or just the adults. I've used regular rum, coconut flavored rum and 151 proof rum in this recipe and all work great."

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Original recipe makes 8 dozen balls Change Servings
  • PREP

    45 mins

    1 hr 45 mins


  1. In a large bowl combine crushed vanilla wafers, ground pecans, cocoa and chocolate chips. Stir in corn syrup and rum; mix well into a thick dough.
  2. Coat palms of hand with confectioners' sugar and roll dough into balls no larger than a quarter. Place on a cookie sheet, foil or wax paper to dry.
  3. Let balls dry for 1 hour. Roll in confectioners' sugar and seal in airtight containers.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 30, 2005

VERY IMPORTANT: It is much easier to scoop out a dollop of the dough and dump it into a bowl of confectioners sugar and then scoop it out and roll it into a ball. Otherwise I found it was impossible to get enough sugar on my hands to keep it from sticking. VERY TASTY RECIPE THOUGH.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 11, 2005

I think it includes far too much corn syrup to make it workable. Unfortunately I didn't know this until I attempted to make a double batch. Out of desperation I tried to save the mess by working in 4 cups of confectioners sugar, but the dough was still far too sticky to manage, even after being chilled.


13 Ratings

Dec 28, 2009

These are yummy. I didn't realize until I was making them that my 1 package of vanilla wafers was only 12 oz. not 16 oz. Given that, I used less corn syrup so they wouldn't be too sticky. I started with a 1/4 cup and added more until the consisency was right. So make sure your oz. is right on the cookies and adjust corn syrup accordingly. I also couldn't make the sugar coated hands work. I used a cookie scoop to drop into a roll with sugar and rolled them that way.

Jan 14, 2009

I made this recipe exactly - except I insured the choc. chips were melted - I received great reviews! In fact, I have been asked by several people for the recipe - which in itself is a compliment. I am making again today for favorite friends! thanks

Nov 25, 2008

Made these rum balls over the weekend. I thought the chocolate chips would "melt" or at least soften in the mixture, however, even after a few days you need to be careful about bitting into the ball. My husband swore he chipped a tooth. I will likely try the Cocoa recipes next time to avoid the crunch. I also prefer rolling them in chocolate sprinkles so you don't have to roll them twice. Flavor was good otherwise.

Dec 21, 2010

Great recipe, easy to work with. I had only 1 box of vanilla wafers, ( 12 oz ) so I crushed 4 oz. of graham crackers which resulted in the same consistency of the vanilla wafers. I grounded too much pecans so I used the remainder of the grounded pecans to roll the balls into. It yielded 120 small rum balls and they looked lovely and tasted delicious. This recipe is a keeper.

Jul 20, 2009

My oldest had requested Rum Balls for a vacation and I liked this recipe best. I substituted plain butter cookies for the vanilla wafers because he doesn't like vanilla wafers and they tasted great. I had to roll them in confectioner's sugar four times to get them to stop sticking together which made them a little too sweet for some people.

Nov 28, 2005

Everyone looooooves these cookies and they are so easy to prepare =D =D =D.


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  • Calories
  • 64 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.5 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 3.3 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 0.6 g
  • 1%
  • Sodium
  • 17 mg
  • < 1%

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

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