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!
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.]
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.
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.
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.
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
Biscoff cookie crumbs
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!
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!
Sally’s Cookie Palooza
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Festive & Straightforward Rum Balls
Prep Time:45 minutes
Cook dinner Time:0 minutes
Whole Time:2 hours, 45 minutes (consists of refrigerating)
Rum balls are a grownup-favorite festive deal with which are simple to make and enjoyable to present. These no-bake, boozy rum balls style even higher after a day or two within the fridge, so I like to recommend making them prematurely.
Place the pecans and Biscoff cookies in a meals processor, and course of till finely floor into crumbs. Add confectioners’ sugar and cocoa powder, and pulse a number of instances till mixed.
Switch the combination to a big bowl. (Don't do that step within the meals processor.) Add the spiced rum, vanilla, and honey. Stir with a spatula till fully mixed right into a moist dough. Let sit for 10 minutes to provide the crumbs time to soak up the liquid. Throughout that point, place your coatings of alternative in small bowls, for rolling.
Scoop a Tablespoon of the combination (about 20g) and roll right into a ball. Combination will probably be somewhat moist—that’s okay. Roll the ball in coating and place on a lined baking sheet or tray. Repeat with remaining dough.
Refrigerate the rum balls for at the least 2 hours and as much as 5 days. I strongly suggest at the least 1 day for greatest style and texture. If refrigerating for longer than a number of hours, cowl tightly. The rum balls are additionally advantageous at room temperature for a number of days.
When serving, you'll be able to place the rum balls in mini baking cups to maintain any unfastened coatings from getting too messy.
Make Forward & Freezing Directions: These rum balls style even higher after a pair days within the fridge! To freeze: Place them in a freezer-friendly container or zip-top bag, and freeze for as much as 3 months. Thaw in a single day within the fridge.
Nut-Free: For a nut-free model, I like to recommend skipping the pecans and including 12–14 extra Biscoff cookies (or about 90g).
Different Nuts: Be at liberty to interchange the pecans with walnuts. I've not examined different nuts on this recipe, so let me know when you do!
Substituting Nilla Wafers for Biscoff: Should you’d desire to make use of Nilla Wafers as an alternative of Biscoff, use one 11-ounce (311g) field to yield about 3 cups of crumbs. Take note the rum balls will not be dairy- and egg-free if utilizing Nilla Wafers.
Cocoa Powder: You should utilize both unsweetened pure or Dutch-processed cocoa powder. I like to recommend utilizing a high-quality cocoa powder for greatest style. I used high-quality Guittard model dutched cocoa powder. This isn't sponsored in any respect, however we actually seen a distinction when utilizing the high-quality stuff. 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. I often use Bacardi spiced rum.
Non-Alcoholic Model: You may change the rum with half orange juice and half apple juice/cider (1/4 cup/60ml every), however clearly the style will change. Or I like to recommend making these no-bake chocolate coconut snowballs as an alternative!
COATINGS: For coatings, 1 cup (100g–130g) is often sufficient for the entire batch of rum balls. Choices for coatings embody desiccated unsweetened coconut, finely chopped pecans/nuts, sprinkles, Biscoff cookie crumbs, confectioners’ sugar (the balls keep somewhat sticky when utilizing confectioners’ sugar), or unsweetened cocoa powder (82g). You too can do a number of completely different coatings in 1 batch, just like the pictured rum balls. Use a smaller quantity of every coating, similar to 1/4 cup.
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