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Classic Rum Balls Recipe

These Easy Rum Balls are a classic no bake Christmas recipe. Boozy truffles with cookies and cocoa - these are super delicious and perfect any way you coat them!
Prep Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 40 truffles
Calories: 39kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: $5


  • 1 cup toasted pecans
  • 1 (11 ounce box ) vanilla wafers (2 ¾ cups crumbs)
  • 1 cup (113g) powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (10g) cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) corn syrup
  • cup (79ml) spiced or white rum
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cocoa and/or powdered sugar for rolling


  • Place toasted pecans in a food processor and process until fine. Be careful not to process so much they turn into pecan butter. Remove the pecans from the food processor.
  • Add the vanilla wafers to the food processor and process until finely ground.
  • Add the pecans back into the food processor along with the powdered sugar, cocoa, corn syrup, vanilla and rum. Process until mixture is thick and combined.
  • Scoop 1 tablespoon size balls and roll between your hands. Roll in additional cocoa powder and/or powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.



  • The easiest way to make rum balls is with a food processor – it does all the chopping and mixing making this recipe so easy. If you don't have a food processor, then crush the cookies in a large gallon size bag with a rolling pin.
  • A cookie scoop helps keep these homemade treats the same size. I use a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop for this recipe.
  • Roll these in melted chocolate to completely coat rum balls for a more truffle-like dessert. Or roll them in coconut!
  • Swap out the rum for your favorite bourbon to make bourbon balls!
  • Store them in an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator, and they will keep for up to two weeks. You can also freeze them for up to a month.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg