Rum Balls


Rum Balls are a popular holiday treat; these include chocolate chips, which makes them a little sweeter and even better.


  • 1 package vanilla wafers
  • 2 cups finely ground pecans
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 1 (12 oz) package miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white Karo Syrup
  • 1/2 cup rum (or more to taste)
  • Powdered sugar to coat the dough


Step 1

Finely crush the vanilla wafers and pecans (easiest in the food processor).

Step 2

In a large bowl, combine the wafers, pecans, cocoa, and chocolate chips (the miniature chocolate chips work best in this recipe). Stir in the corn syrup and rum; mix well into a thick dough.

Step 3

Using your hands, make small balls about the size of a walnut and place on wax or parchment paper, making sure to leave room in between the rum balls.

Coating your hands with granulated sugar may make it easier to roll the dough (I like to use thin plastic gloves).

Step 4

One hour later roll the balls through the powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container.


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