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Rum balls on glass plate with white pine cone, pine tree branch

Easy 6 ingredient Rum Balls

  • Author: Gitta
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 35 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No-bake
  • Cuisine: American


Rum Balls are a boozy and delicious treat.  Perfect for cookie trays and holiday gifting.  They are an easy no-bake dessert.


Units Scale
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar (note you will need additional confectioners sugar to roll the rum balls in)
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1-11 ounce box vanilla wafers
  • 1 cup pecans


  1. In a medium-size bowl, combine confectioners sugar, rum, cocoa, and light corn syrup.  Whisk until well combined.
  2. In a food processor, finely chop pecans.  Put the ground pecans in a bowl and set it aside. 
  3. In a food processor, finely chop/crush vanilla wafers.
  4. Add the pecans to the vanilla wafers in the food processor bowl and pulse a few times to combine.
  5. Pour liquid ingredients into the pecans and vanilla wafer mixture.  Pulse the mixture in the food processor until a thick dough forms.
  6. Scoop dough with a #40 scoop (1-1/2 tablespoons) and roll the dough into balls.
  7. Roll each ball in confectioners sugar.
  8. Place rum balls in an airtight container.  
  9. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month or freeze for 2 months.   
  10. Before serving, you may need to re-roll the rum balls in confectioners sugar. 


  1.   The rum balls get better with age. It is best to let them rest at least 2 days before you eat them.
  2.   Store them in the refrigerator, or they will get stale and lose flavor.
  3.   Be sure that your pecans are fresh and not rancid.
  4.   Use good quality cocoa.
  5.   If the dough becomes too soft to roll into balls, place it in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.  

*Nutrition Disclaimer


  • Serving Size: 1 each
  • Calories: 49
  • Sugar: 6.1 g
  • Sodium: 0.8 mg
  • Fat: 2.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.1 g
  • Protein: 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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