Spiced Rum Balls #SundaySupper

by Anne Papina on December 9, 2012

Spiced Rum Balls

Yesterday we had our annual holiday shindig, and this week totally escaped me! So I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. This week’s #SundaySupper is all about the Ultimate Holiday Cookie Exchange–with over 50 cookie recipes to tempt your taste buds below. My contribution is these boozy, chocolatey Spiced Rum Balls, which are melt-in-your-mouth good.

This recipe comes from a friend I lost touch with some time ago, but I do think of her every time I make them. The best part is they’re so simple and come together fast.  And they’re really really good. By the end of our holiday party, the whole platter had disappeared. The recipe makes over five dozen balls–plenty to pack up a couple of tins for gifts and keep a few to enjoy yourself. This recipe is pretty flexible too–I made these with spiced rum, but you could try them with bourbon or even Kahlua. Or maybe try a different cookie–how about gingersnaps with dark rum? Chocolate wafers with Kahlua? Just let your creativity flow.

rum ball ingredients

Hey, look, only five ingredients are involved!

crushed nilla wafers

In the old days, crushing meant putting them in a bag and whacking it with a mallet. Thank goodness for the food processor!

cookies and rum

Transfer the crushed cookies to a large bowl, then stir in the rum. Let that sit for a few minutes.

melt chocolate

Meanwhile, melt the chocolate. This is normally where I’d put that glass bowl into the microwave. Unfortunately, the microwave died the other day, so we’re going with the make-shift double boiler–rest a Pyrex bowl over a simmering pot of water and voila!

rum ball batter

Stir the melted chocolate into the cookie mixture.

rum ball dough

Blend well until it stiffens into a dough.

Spiced Rum Balls

Each ball is about a tablespoon of dough–roll each one out individually and line ’em up.

Spiced Rum Balls

Sift the powdered sugar onto a plate, then roll each ball in it covering completely (this will help keep the alcohol from evaporating).  They can be eaten right away or stored in a sealed container for a few days to mellow out. They also freeze well.

Spiced Rum Balls

Be sure to try one, you know, for quality assurance.

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Spiced Rum Balls
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Chocolatey and boozy, these Spiced Rum Balls are the perfect holiday treat.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 30
  • 2 boxes Nilla wafers, crushed
  • 1 (12 oz) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
  • ¾ cup spiced rum
  • ½ cup pecans, finely chopped
  • Powdered sugar for rolling
  1. Crush the Nilla wafers and place in a large bowl. Stir in the rum and let soak in for a few minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips, then stir into the cookie mixture with the nuts.
  3. Sift powdered sugar onto a plate.
  4. Shape small bits of the dough (about a tablespoon) into balls and roll in the powdered sugar.
These can be eaten right away; however, they're best after they've rested a couple of days.

The Sunday Supper Favorite Cookie Exchange Cookies:

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Next week tune in for holiday appetizers and cocktails!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Donna December 9, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Aw, I love rum balls. These look really good!


Heather @girlichef December 10, 2012 at 6:38 am

I will add these to my ginger bourbon balls and be in boozy ball heaven!


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen December 10, 2012 at 7:16 am

These surely allow for so many variations, I will be in heaven! Booze and truffles, I love it!


Yum Girl December 10, 2012 at 11:03 am

I have to say, every stage of making these looks delicious! If I may, I’d like to invite you to submit your photos to the new YumGoggle, a photo sharing site with the philosophy that if you worked hard to cook it and photograph it, we should show it off! Hope to see you there soon! http://www.yumgoggle.com/gallery/


Anne Papina December 10, 2012 at 11:09 am

Thanks, Yum Girl! I’ll head on over! (yes, it’s hard not to sample at every step!)


Jeff Young - The Catholic Foodie December 10, 2012 at 4:04 pm

RUM!!!! Something tells me these cookies would bring out the pirate in me. 😉 Seriously, these look delicious. And your pics are absolutely fab! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.


Dara December 11, 2012 at 9:57 am

I love rum balls! My grandma always made these for Christmas. So yummy.


Liz December 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm

5 ingredients??? Chocolate and rum???? These sound sooooooo yummy!!!!


Tara December 16, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I am so going to make these sometime soon. Thanks for sharing on our Holiday Sweets Round Up!!


Terri December 20, 2014 at 7:21 am

This is similar to the recipe I use. No other rum ball comes close!


Anne Papina December 20, 2014 at 9:32 am

Isn’t it funny how the simplest recipes are sometimes the best! Enjoy!


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