rum balls decorated on platter

Rum Balls

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 36 rum balls 1x

Festive and boozy Rum Balls are a Christmas tradition! Real dark rum is a must when making this classic dessert…and these are boozy!



  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup good quality dark rum
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 box vanilla wafers (11 ounces), crushed into small crumbs
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Sprinkles and/or powdered sugar for decorating the balls


  1. Place the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 30 second intervals, stirring in between. Keep heating until the chocolate is completely smooth.
  2. Pour the corn syrup, rum and vanilla extract into the chocolate and stir to combine.
  3. Slowly add the powdered sugar, stirring until all the sugar is combined with the chocolate sauce. Add the crushed vanilla wafers and the chopped pecans and stir.
  4. Using a 1 1/2 tablespoon scooper (a little smaller than a golf ball), make balls and roll into either sprinkles or powdered sugar.
  5. Repeat with the remaining chocolate mixture until you have about 30 rum balls. Chill for at least an hour before serving.

Recipe Notes

Makes about 30 rum balls. To crush the vanilla wafers, add the cookies to a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush the cookies. Alternately, you can pulse them in a food processor.

These rum balls will keep in an airtight container for about a week in the refrigerator.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American