Made out of pecans, Biscoff cookies, confectioners’ sugar, and—sure, rum!—rum balls are a grownup-favorite festive deal with which are simple to make and enjoyable to present. They style even higher after a day or two within the fridge, so I like to recommend making them prematurely. Excellent little vacation deal with for the cookie tray!

overhead close-up shot of rum balls coated in various toppings.

Let’s give the grownups some credit score across the holidays. We have now a LOT to do in a brief period of time. Between adorning, buying, wrapping, baking, planning for company or journey, internet hosting/attending events… it’s a enjoyable time of yr, but additionally the busiest. So let’s do some one thing particularly for the grownups for a change… let’s make rum balls!

[SIDE NOTE: While not strictly a cookie recipe (after all, I do have a different version of these in my Sally’s Candy Addiction book), I decided they qualify for Sally’s Cookie Palooza because they’re often included on a holiday cookie tray. And they are made with crushed cookies, so… let’s just roll with it. Pa-RUM-pum-pum-YUM.]

close-up of rum ball with bite taken out.

Why You’ll Love These Boozy Rum Balls

  • 2-bite little treats
  • Make-ahead pleasant—in actual fact, they’re even higher after they’re made forward!
  • Fast and simple no-bake recipe
  • Utilizing Biscoff cookies elevates these to the very best rum balls you’ve ever tasted
  • Dairy-free, egg-free recipe

Solely 7 Substances

  • Pecans: You should utilize giant pecan halves or smaller items; both means, they’ll get finely chopped with the cookies within the meals processor.
  • Biscoff cookies (or Nilla Wafers): My workforce and I examined making rum balls with Nilla Wafers, which is what most rum ball recipes use, however the Biscoff ones have been the clear winner in a style take a look at. By far the favourite! Should you’d desire to make use of Nilla Wafers as an alternative of Biscoff, see recipe Notes beneath.
  • Confectioners’ sugar: Sweetens the rum balls.
  • Cocoa powder: I used high-quality Guittard model dutched cocoa powder right here, somewhat than the fundamental cocoa powder I often use for baking (Hershey’s). This isn’t sponsored in any respect, however we actually seen a distinction when utilizing the high-quality stuff. You solely want 2 Tablespoons (10g) within the recipe. See what your grocery retailer carries, and choose the next high quality product when you can.
  • Rum: I really like these with spiced rum, particularly across the holidays, however you may additionally use darkish rum and even coconut rum, whichever is your desire.
  • Vanilla Extract: Do-it-yourself vanilla extract could be nice in these rum balls!
  • Honey: Slightly honey is the “glue” that makes the combination come collectively.
bowls of measured ingredients including Biscoff biscuit cookies, spiced rum, pecans, confectioners' sugar, and cocoa powder.

Should you’ve ever made this older recipe for darkish chocolate coconut rum truffles, you’ll discover some key variations within the components. That recipe makes use of graham crackers, coconut rum, and shredded coconut; and we additionally give them a dip in melted chocolate.

Make Rum Balls

Begin by grinding the Biscoff cookies and pecans collectively in a meals processor right into a advantageous crumb. Add the confectioners’ sugar and cocoa powder, and pulse a number of instances to mix. Switch the dry combination to a big mixing bowl. Add the moist components and stir nicely with a silicone spatula till a moist dough kinds.

Very simple, however I do have some success suggestions beneath.

biscoff cookie and pecan crumbs in food processor and shown again in a bowl with wet ingredients added.

You don’t have to refrigerate the combination earlier than rolling, since you need the dough to be sticky, so the coating will stick with the rum balls. However let it sit for about 10 minutes earlier than rolling into balls, to provide the crumbs a while to soak up the liquid.

Scoop a Tablespoon of the combination and roll right into a ball. Give it a roll in one in all your coatings of alternative (recommendations beneath!), and place it on a tray lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

wet dough mixture in glass bowl with blue spatula and shown again with a Tablespoon measure.

Add a Coating

That is the place you’ll be able to have some enjoyable with all of the other ways you’ll be able to coat the rum balls to make them look fairly! Listed here are a number of suggestions:

  • Finely shredded/desiccated unsweetened coconut
  • Confectioners’ sugar (roll rum balls on this twice, like with snowball cookies)
  • Finely chopped nuts
  • Sprinkles
  • Biscoff cookie crumbs
  • Cocoa powder
  • Dunk in melted chocolate, like we use for chocolate peanut butter balls and Oreo balls

After coating, place the tray of rum balls within the fridge. These style even higher after a day or two of chilling, when the flavors actually meld collectively and mellow out the rum taste.

Rum Ball FAQs

Can I make them nonalcoholic?

You may change the rum with half orange juice and half apple juice/cider, however clearly the style will change. Or I like to recommend making these no-bake chocolate coconut snowballs as an alternative!

Can I make these with out a meals processor?

You should utilize pecan meal (already-ground pecans) if you will discover it within the retailer, and crush the cookies in a zip-top bag, utilizing a rolling pin and a few arm muscle. Use a whisk to mix all of the dry components.

Will rum balls get me drunk?

As a result of they’re not baked, the alcohol doesn’t cook dinner off. However you’d need to eat A LOT of them to really feel a powerful alcohol impact, and these are a deal with greatest loved moderately!

Can I make them nut-free?

Whereas I’ve not examined this, you may seemingly simply use extra Biscoff cookie crumbs. See recipe Be aware beneath.

Can I take advantage of a distinct liquor as an alternative of rum?

Sure. Bourbon is one other standard alternative.

Do I’ve to sit back these earlier than serving them?

No, however I extremely suggest it for the very best style and texture.

Do rum balls style boozy?

Proper after making the rum balls, sure, they style fairly boozy. Nonetheless, give them a day or 2 after which the Biscoff, cocoa powder, and pecan flavors actually start to shine. They’re SO a lot tastier after the flavors mingle!

pile of rum balls coated in pecans, coconut, and chocolate sprinkles on white plate.

Dos and Don’ts for the Finest Rum Balls

  • Do use whichever kind of rum you favor the style of—darkish, spiced, coconut…
  • Don’t let the rum balls sit for too lengthy earlier than rolling them in your coatings. They’ll get too dry and the coating received’t stick as nicely.
  • Do preserve them out of attain of kids! They appear like chocolate truffles, particularly if coated in sprinkles.
  • Don’t use a meals processor to mix the moist components with the dry. The combination rapidly turns into overprocessed, and overly moist and greasy. Switch the dry combination to a mixing bowl and use a silicone spatula to stir within the moist components by hand.
  • Do chill them within the fridge for a day or so, for the very best tasting rum balls.
  • Don’t eat too many without delay!
rum balls in mini muffin cup liners on Christmas plate with red handles.

Sally’s Cookie Palooza

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