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Rum Balls Recipe

Easy 30-minute no-bake Rum Ball Recipe. Chocolate, nuts, and rum meet up for everyone's favorite holiday treat. 
Course Candy
Cuisine American
Keyword candy with alcohol, Candy with booze, Holiday candy, Rum Balls
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 50 Rum Balls
Calories 77kcal
Author Beth Mueller


  • 3 cups vanilla wafer cookie crumbs
  • 1 1/2 cups ground nuts
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup rum
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • Additional powdered sugar or cocoa powder for rolling.


  • Combine cookie crumbs [3 cups], ground nuts [1 1/2 cups], cocoa powder [1/4 cup], and powdered sugar [1 cup] in a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  • Add the rum [1/3 cup] and corn syrup [1/3 cup] and stir until combined and the dough is thick and sticky.
  • Set the dough aside for 5 to minutes.
  • Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and coat in colored jimmies, sprinkles, cocoa, or powdered sugar.
  • Store in an air-tight container for at least 2 days before eating.


  • Rum balls can be rolled into jimmies or other candy decorations while they are still slightly sticky.
  • For storing rum balls longer than 2 weeks, keep in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container.
  • For storing rum balls longer than 1 month, store in a freezer in an air-tight container for up to 3 months. Allow to come to completely thaw and re-roll in cocoa or powdered sugar before serving.
  • Substitute orange juice or coffee for the rum to make them kid-friendly.
  • Substitute Kahlua, butterscotch schnapps, peppermint schnapps, or Irish cream for new flvaors.
  • Substitute Bourbon for Bourbon Balls and Whiskey for Whiskey Balls.


Serving: 1ball | Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg