Christmas Rum Balls(Or Bourbon Balls)

Total Time
20 mins
0 mins

These balls are so quick and easy to make. They make a nice addition to the baked goodies that you give as gifts. Make these about a week before you want to serve them as they mellow and the sharp strong alcohol taste blends in more with the other ingredients. Store in a tin with a tight lid. This year I couldn't find the Vanilla wafers so I used chocolate and I like them even more. To form the balls I use two teaspoons as the dough is quite moist. I store them in the freezer - they don't go hard and they are so good ice cold

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  • 591.47 ml vanilla wafers, crushed (a 250g box of Christies vanilla wafers equals 2 1/2 cups)
  • 29.58 ml cocoa
  • 295.73 ml icing sugar
  • 118.29 ml spiced rum (the rum is called Spiced Rum) or 118.29 ml Bourbon
  • 29.58 ml white corn syrup (one brand is Karo)
  • 236.59 ml pecans or 236.59 ml walnuts, broken


  1. Sift the cocoa with 1 cup sugar.
  2. Stir in the spiced rum mixed with the syrup.
  3. Add crushed vanilla wafers and nuts.
  4. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Shape mixture into walnut sizes balls and dredge with remaining sugar or leave them plain.
  6. Store in a tin.