DIY Gifts: Rum Balls

December 18, 2012

Rum balls are a classic Christmas time treat.  This candy is so simple to make and so popular to eat, you'll want to whip up multiple batches.  If you are not a fan of rum, you can substitute with whiskey, bourbon, or other dark spirit.  Rum balls are one sweet that are guaranteed to disappear.

Rum Balls


1/2 cup toasted pecans, finely chopped (hazelnuts, walnuts, or almon
1 1/4 cups finely crushed vanilla wafer cookies (shortbread cookies

1/2 cup confectioners sugar (powdered or icing)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder (Dutch processed or regular unsweetened)
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 cup rum
1/2 cup confectioners sugar, sifted (powdered or icing)
Toast nuts. Move rack to center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Put pecans on baking sheet and toast for 8 minutes, until lightly brown and fragrant. Let cool completely and then chop finely.
Use a food processor to crush vanilla wafers until finely ground
Mix cookie crumbs with pecans in a bowl
Add confectioners sugar and cocoa powder and stir to combine
Add light corn syrup and rum and mix until combined
If needed, chill the mixture and then form into 1 inch balls (chilling the mixture will help with stickiness, and you can also lightly butter your hands)
Roll the rum balls in the sifted confectioners sugar reserved for topping

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