now that I have discovered the difference of the of the USA/Canada version of the coconut and cookies compared to those available in New Zealand/Australia, the success or failure of either's recipes when the wrong substitution is used becomes crystal clear. I have a blog post on this in more detail and with photos of the various products ( dated 12th September 2009) and the link to my blog is on the bottom of my About Me page if you want all the information. When I first joined Zaar I looked up Rum Balls, saw how many there were, and didn't bother to post, but now I see that my recipe is different to all the rest in that it doesn't contain condensed milk, and does contain butter, walnuts and sultanas. I got this recipe from the Childrens Corner page of a very old copy of the "Star" newspaper, Christchurch New Zealand... in a late 70's or early 1980's issue. I have lost count the number of times I have made this over the years. Use either Rum or Rum essence, but do be aware that many Rum essences do contain alcohol (I only realised that one day when I needed to check it for someone who doesn't want alcohol for religous reasons) The Plain biscuits (cookies) are called "Vanilla Wine, or Superwine or Milk Arrowroots" in New Zealand, and "Maria" biscuits in The Netherlands. ZWT REGION: New Zealand.