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Great basic recipe. After making the first batch and realizing how easy and delicious they were, I got creative and changed both the type of liquor and cookies. (Example: graham cracker crumbs with kahlua and vodka!) Each batch was delicious. They were definitely better after sitting a week or so in the refrigerator; however I did have to re-roll them in powdered sugar before serving. They are also pretty rolled in colored granulated sugar.

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leblanc.heather January 03, 2009

These are soooo good and soooo easy. I made these for a holiday party and everyone loved them. I made them about 5 days before the party and they got better each day. I used Malibu Rum in place of the bourbon, because I love Malibu! I also rolled them in Demerara Cane Sugar (raw sugar) which made them look very festive. Thanks for such a wonderful and easy recipe. This will be one of my holiday standards from now on.

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Chef Howe December 19, 2007

Easy to make, and fabulous! I used sugar cane rum instead of bourbon, and it gave them a really nice flavor. These are so easy to make, I may make another batch before the holidays. Thanks, Kari - this one's a keeper!

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bunkie68 December 15, 2003

Worked out great. I used Evan Williams Kentucky Strait and it came out very good. All of my guests (who like Bourbon and some who don't) thought they were wonderful.

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mcmrsnutt December 20, 2014

Great love it but first batch i thought i messed up but turned out awsome used sudar wafers and fireball and cinnamon sugar to coat

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sexybeast11 December 19, 2013

I just made this. I used my food processor to crush the vanilla wafers and the pecans so these came together quickly! The only thing that I would suggest would be to sift the confectiorer's sugar to get rid of those pesky little lumps. In error, I used almost 15 ounces of vanilla wafers. I used my 1.5" scoop and rolled the rum balls in granulated sugar. I made close to 40 pieces. It's 8:30am here and I've already sampled them. I didn't have a problem with the strength of the rum (oops, maybe I do have a problem - it's only 8:30am!). Thank you for posting this recipe! I'm sure that I'll be making these again! (maybe before Christmas if I keep sampling them!).

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Chicagopm December 06, 2009

These were SOOO strong that they were pretty much inedible. I followed the recipe exactly and used vanilla rum. I'm a drinker and so are my family members but no one could eat a whole one of these. Even the scent was overwhelming.

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Bekah49036 January 13, 2009

Woo-Hoo ! Was given a bottle of bourbon blend, and no one here drinks that. This will make LOTS of cookies ! I used 1 Tbsp Hershey's cocoa and 1 Tbsp of K.A. Black Cocoa --rich, dark, and DEElicious ! Rolled them in Demararra (raw) sugar, for a tasty finish. Thanks, Malriah, for a new taste on my cookie plates.

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NurseJaney December 14, 2008

These were really good... but a tiny bit strong for me. It reminded me of my Navy days! I made chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream for my friend's 40th birthday bash. I topped each cupcake with a rum ball! The rum & chocolate were a nice combo. Great for a grown-up party. I used Whaler's Spiced Rum & rolled them in Baker's Superfine sugar. They looked pretty, and when word got out, they were gone! Nice texture, too. I have a few leftover that I kept, to see how the flavor changes over the next week! Yum!

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IloveCuppycakes! September 25, 2008

Made these for Christmas. What a great flavor. Think I'll make red and green colored sugar to roll in next year. Thank you so much!

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texasjenny December 27, 2007
Bourbon (or Rum) Balls