Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is from one of my favorite cookbooks, The Encyclopedia of Creative Cooking, edited by Charlotte Turgeon. When I was married, I made these for one of my ex's Oddfellow meetings. They went over quite well. Then I sent the recipe to a friend, who had his first batch...'appropriated.' The rum balls will keep several weeks in an airtight container, but I've never had them last that long. It's a simple and easy recipe to make, and goes well in both high-class and casual situations. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine cookie crumbs, sugar, 1 cup chopped walnuts, corn syrup, rum and cocoa.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Form into 1 inch balls.
  4. Roll balls in reserved walnuts.
  5. Set aside to air dry for about an hour.
  6. Store in an airtight container.


Most Helpful

I love these. I didn't have any rum so I used Baileys Irish Cream. They turned out great. Thanks for posting Sandaidh.

Dorel October 19, 2006

These are amazing! I love rum balls, but I have never made them, so I had no idea what goes into them. I had to add a little more cookie crumbs to make it a good consistency, and I rolled them in powdered sugar instead of walnuts (personal preference), and they were amazing! I had a hard time keeping my paws off them, since I had made them for gifts! I need to make another batch soon.

WildLightning December 13, 2010

I have made a vegan/gluten free (using vegan/gluten free chocolate cookies) version of this recipe many times and it is a big hit. I do find however that I need to use more than one cup of cookie crumbs to make the mixture solid enough to form into balls.

Lt. Amy July 28, 2006

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