These easy rum balls have been served at many of our holiday celebrations, as well as serving them as a quick dessert for an adult evening. We had friends over for pizza and cribbage last Friday and I wanted to serve a simple dessert. These were great because I was able to make them in the afternoon. Our getting together was an impromptu idea, otherwise I would have made these the day before. The rum flavor gets even better 24 hours later. I’ve made these for over 47 years. For my wedding shower, a neighbor and good friend gave me a recipe box with a variety of hand typed recipes from her and other neighbors. When I received it and saw the individual recipes, I realized why she had been coming over with various dishes and desserts for us to try! It was a wonderful gift that has been used countless times over the years. Each time I use one of the recipes, I think of her.
A quick side note. Last week I had major computer issues and my blog post did not get out for last Wednesday morning. It is Tortellini Soup and is now on this site. You can find it by clicking on the recipe index above, and then choose soups, or here is a direct link for it http://www.allservedwithasideoflove.com/Tortellini-Soup/ Technology is wonderful when it works!
These rum balls use vanilla wafers. When I purchased the vanilla wafers, I saw that the non fat version was available so I chose them. I also chose to use special dark cocoa as a personal preference. The rum balls came out as good as ever. However, the non fat wafers just seemed crispier when I was rolling them out to make crumbs. Although I have a blender and a food processor I still tend to do things as I have always done them, and in this case it’s using a rolling pin. Any way you choose to crush the wafers into crumbs, works. You may want to add these to your Christmas cookie tray, but I would suggest labeling them so children or adults who do not drink alchohol (or consume nuts) will be aware. If you would like to make them non alchoholic, you could use rum extract, but then use water to replace the rum since it is the liquid in the recipe that holds everything together. Here are the easy steps and the recipe…
- 1cup crushed vanilla wafers
- 1cup powdered sugar
- 1cup finely chopped pecans
- 2 Tablespoons of cocoa
- 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
- ¼ cup rum
- ⅓ cup sugar
- Using a rolling pin, blender or food processor, crush vanilla wafers until you have 1 cup and put in a mixing bowl
- Add the powdered sugar, pecans and cocoa and stir together
- Add the corn syrup and rum and mix together well
- Form into 1 inch balls and roll in the ⅓ c of sugar
- This recipe makes 18 1 inch balls
I used special dark cocoa as a personal preference but regular cocoa is the original recipe.