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Rum balls

Rum Balls Recipe

Rum balls are a longstanding Christmas favorite. To make them even more delectable, we used chocolate instead of vanilla wafers in our Rum Ball recipe. The deeper chocolate flavor is like a little Christmas present for all of the chocolate lovers gathered around your holiday table!

Yield: 3½ dozen rum balls
Nutrition facts: Per serving (1 rum ball): 99 calories, 4.7 g fat, 13 g carbohydrates (0.8 g fiber), 1 g protein

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1 box (9 oz.) chocolate wafer cookies, finely crushed
2¼ cups very finely chopped pecans (8 oz.)
1½ cups confectioners’ sugar
2 to 5 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. light corn syrup
6 Tbsp. dark rum
¾ cup granulated sugar


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, pecans, confectioners’ sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa and salt. Stir in the corn syrup and rum. Mix with your hands. The mixture should stick together easily but not be too sticky (add 2 to 3 tablespoons more cocoa if needed).
  2. Form 1-inch balls and roll the balls in the granulated sugar.
  3. Let stand at room temperature overnight. Store in an airtight container.

Tip: You can eat these right away, but if you let them sit overnight, the rum permeates the crushed cookies.