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Easy No-Bake Rum Balls

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Easy No-bake Rum balls are the perfect boozy holiday treat as it combines spiced rum, ginger snaps, pecans, sugar, and cocoa to create a crowd-pleasing chocolatey treat that everyone will love. 

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Rum Balls 

Easy No-Bake Rum balls are my favorite adult holiday treat for so many reasons! They are simple to make, are no-bake, and taste delicious especially on a cold winter’s night! You can make these once during the holiday season and enjoy them throughout the holidays because they last forever! Not only that they are a fun treat to share with others to help spread the holiday cheer this time of year. Pair these with our saltine Christmas Crack and you will be in heaven! 

Close up Rum Balls

What do I need to get started? 

  • Ginger snaps – these give a delicious flavor and a nice crunch to the cookies
  • Confectioners sugar
  • Pecans – or walnuts
  • Spiced rum or rum extract
  • Dark corn syrup 
  • Butter – or margarine
  • Cocoa powder 
Rum Ball ingredients

How to Make Holiday Rum Balls

  1. Prepare a large cookie sheet with wax paper. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine the crushed ginger snaps, 1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar, and pecans and stir until combined. 
  3. Add the rum, corn syrup and butter and stir until well mixed. 
  4. Use a small ice cream scoop and scoop out balls of dough, place on a prepared pan. Place the pan in the refrigerator for an hour, or you may freeze until an hour before serving.
  5. Roll the rum balls in cocoa powder or confectioners sugar. You may also wish to melt chocolate wafers and dip the rum balls in the chocolate.

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • You may wish to use crushed vanilla wafers in place of the ginger snaps. 
  • Be sure to use a good quality unsweetened chocolate when making these.
  • You can make the rum balls any size you wish. I made 18 medium sized rum balls, but this also makes 30 smaller sized rum balls. 
  • The rum flavor will definitely be present in these. Please note that it doesn’t cook out, so this is a treat you don’t want to share with the kids. 
  • You can roll these rum balls in anything you desire! We always do cocoa and powdered sugar but coconut is a great option as well. 
Rum Balls with a bite

How do you store rum balls?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 3 months. 

Can you make rumballs ahead of time?

Yes, you can make these ahead of time. Just make them and store them in the fridge in an airtight container up to 1 week before you will serve them. 

Rum Balls Decorated

What is the best rum to use in rum balls?

It is best to use a flavorful rum or a dark rum. 

Do rum balls get you drunk?

It is very unlikely that you can get drunk from rum balls. You would have to eat the entire batch in one sitting and then it would still be very unlikely. 

No Bake Rum Balls
no bake rum balls

Easy No-Bake Rum Balls

Yield: 30
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Easy No-bake Rum balls are the perfect boozy holiday treat as it combines spiced rum, ginger snaps, pecans, sugar, and cocoa to create a crowd-pleasing chocolatey treat that everyone will love. 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups crushed ginger snaps
  • 1 1/2 confectioners sugar, divided
  • 1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped very fine
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon spiced rum
  • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Prepare a large cookie sheet with wax paper. 
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the crushed ginger snaps, 1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar, and pecans and stir until combined. 
  3. Add the rum, corn syrup, and butter and stir until well mixed. 
  4. Use a small ice cream scoop and scoop out balls of dough,
  5. place on a prepared pan.
  6. Place the pan in the refrigerator for an hour, or you may freeze until an hour before serving,
  7. Roll the rum balls in cocoa powder or confectioners sugar.
  8. You may also wish to melt chocolate wafers and dip the rum balls in the chocolate.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 960Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 744mgCarbohydrates: 159gFiber: 6gSugar: 76gProtein: 10g

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