Rum Balls


Looking for a boozy dessert to snaz up that Christmas Party?

Look no further!

These rum balls pack a punch- and I do mean pack it! They definitely aren’t for the faint-of-heart and I wouldn’t recommend feeding them to the littles at your house… best to keep these where the “adult” snacks are… and by that I mean keep ’em where you keep your alcohol, ’cause these babies bite!

I’ve never actually had a rum ball prior to this but they always appeared so appetizing, so I decided to finally try my hand at them! It seems to me that there are a ton of different varieties out there. Rum balls with pecans, rum balls with walnuts, use milk chocolate, use dark chocolate, 2 tablespoons of rum, use a whole cup of rum… you get the picture. The basic recipe it seems to me, is:


2)Some form of crushed nut and cookie mixture for texture

3) Any amount of rum to taste

4) Roll the balls in sprinkles or some form of textured coating

This recipe is to my taste, and as I indicated above, it has quite a rum-forward flavor- but you can absolutely adjust the amount of rum to your liking!

Please note that the Rum does NOT bake out of this recipe!


What you will need:

  • Vanilla Wafers
  • Slivered Almonds
  • Dark Chocolate Chips (or any chocolate you like)
  • Shortening
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Spiced Rum such as Captain Morgan


Rum Balls

Course Candy, Dessert


  • Double Boiler


Rum Balls

  • 3 Cups Vanilla Wafers Crushed
  • 1 Cup Slivered Almonds Crushed
  • 1 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 2 Tbsp Shortening (I used Crisco brand)
  • 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar Sifted
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Spiced Rum (I used Captain Morgan)


  • Using a food processor, finely crush vanilla wafers until you have enough to make three cups. Do the same with your slivered almonds until you have a cup of finely crushed almonds. Combine and set aside.
  • Using a double boiler, set your water on medium heat until you reach a simmer. Once simmering, add your shortening and let it melt down. Once melted, add in your chocolate chips and stir until smooth and fully melted. Do not let your double boiler get to the boiling stage- if the water is too hot you could scorch the chocolate!
  • Once the chocolate is fully melted, add in your powdered sugar and stir. It will clump up and get thick, but don't worry.
  • Add in your rum and vanilla extract and stir your mixture until it melts back to a fairly liquid state. Once melted, remove from heat, add in your crushed wafer and almonds mixture and stir together until fully combined.
  • Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight. Once chilled, prepare your powdered sugar or sprinkles (or whatever you may be rolling the balls in) and using a spoon or small cookie scoop, dole out the mixture and form into balls, then roll immediately in your topping.
  • Eat and Enjoy!
Keyword Chocolate, Rum

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