Mom’s Rum Balls

Active time: 30 minutes January 2, 2017

When I was little, I remember mom making these rum balls for holiday parties. Made from crushed Nilla wafers, chopped nuts, cocoa, and light rum, they’re not for kids (but that didn’t stop us from sneaking one when the adults weren’t looking).

Recipe from my mom, Barbara.


  • 12-oz. vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped nuts
  • 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup light rum
  • 3 Tbs. light corn syrup
  • 1/8 cup confectioner's sugar


In large bowl, combine vanilla wafer crumbs, chopped nuts, 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar, and cocoa. Mix in rum and corn syrup.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in confectioner's sugar.

Store rum balls in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days to develop flavor. Roll again in confectioner's sugar before serving.

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