Holiday Rum Balls

Holiday Rum Balls are the classic no-bake Christmas cookie made with Nilla Wafers, nuts, chocolate and a hint of rum.
Holiday Rum Balls

Holiday Rum Balls

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

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Holiday Rum Balls is my recipe of the day for the blogging event Christmas Sweets Week. This is an annual event that I have participated in for a few years now. It gives me and a number of bloggers the chance to share a few more of our holiday recipes besides the Christmas Cookies event we did a few weeks back.

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Holiday Rum Balls

This recipe is a traditional one, although recipes may have minor differences here and there. At the core are the cookie crumbs with Nilla Wafers being the usual choice.

Rum is also an addition and I tend to tone mine down since I don’t want them tasting like gasoline. If you eschew booze, you can also choose to use a syrup instead.

Christmas Sweets Week

Welcome to #ChristmasSweetsWeek!! We have 12 bloggers sharing over 30 recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings this holiday season. There are some giftable recipes, breakfast recipes, and delicious dessert recipes. Make sure to follow #ChristmasSweetsWeek on social media to see all of our delicious sweets.

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We will be pinning all recipes to the #ChristmasSweeetsWeek Pinterest board. Follow it to see all the delicious recipes!

Holiday Rum Balls

Holiday Rum Balls

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Holiday Rum Balls

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Holiday Rum Balls

Sue Lau
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Curing and refrigeration 3 days
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 28
Calories 125 kcal


  • Food Processor


  • 11 ounces vanilla wafer cookies
  • 1 cup toasted pecans finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla powder
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar to roll cookies in


  • Pulse cookies in a food processor. You should get about 3-1/2 cups crumbs from the box.
  • Add remaining ingredients and work into a dough.
  • Use a cookie scoop to measure dough and then roll into balls.
  • Place on waxed paper and chill until firm.
  • Once firm, roll in additional powdered sugar and keep chilled. Flavor is best after it rests a few days.


From the kitchen of


Calories: 125kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 54mgPotassium: 30mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 27IUVitamin C: 0.04mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword no-bake cookies
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