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nana's rum balls

★★★★★ 8
a recipe by
Deneece Gursky
Miami, FL

I know there are plenty of recipes for rum balls on here, but my recipe box just wouldn't be right if I didn't add Nana's. They are the most requested treat from the adults during the holidays. Lol, I wonder why...

Blue Ribbon Recipe

These bite-sized rum balls are delish! You taste the flavor of the rum in every bite. They're boozy, chocolaty, smooth, and rich. We coated the rum balls in powdered sugar and melted chocolate. Both were tasty. These are perfect for an adult holiday gathering or a hostess gift. Since the alcohol does not cook out, make sure to keep kids away from these.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 8
serves 8-10
prep time 30 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For nana's rum balls

  • 1 box
    Nabisco vanilla wafers (11 oz)
  • 1 c
    powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp
    cocoa powder
  • 4 Tbsp
    white Karo syrup
  • 1 c
    pecans (you can also use walnuts)
  • 1/2 c
    spiced rum (I use Captain Morgans)
  • 1/2 c
    powdered sugar for rolling them in
  • 1/2 c
    cocoa powder (optional)
  • melted chocolate for dipping (optional)

How To Make nana's rum balls

  • Crushing vanilla wafers in a food processor.
    Crush vanilla wafers in a food processor.
  • Crushed nuts and remaining ingredients added.
    Add crushed nuts. Then add the remaining ingredients (except powdered sugar for rolling). Mix well.
  • Rolling balls in powdered sugar.
    Form into 1-inch balls and roll in powdered sugar to completely coat.
  • Dipping balls into melted chocolate.
    You can also roll them in cocoa or dip them in melted chocolate.
  • Storing the rum balls.
    Store in an airtight container. The longer they sit the stronger they become.