Monday, December 20, 2010

Rum Balls ~ A Christmas Tradition

Ok, well, as I promised another liquor infused treat. I hope you all got a chance to try the Derby Day Chocolate Chip Cookies, if you didn't please check it out!

 Now it is time to make Rum Balls. It just wasn't Christmas at my house if we didn't have Rum Balls, one of my Dad's favorite traditions, and when I say it was one of his favorite traditions it wasn't just that he enjoyed eating them, he actually made them!

So, let's move on to this...

Me, with a tasty concotion known as a Rum Ball, let's get mixing!

Let me start by saying this is a very simple recipe with delicious results.

Also, if you need a stress reliever, this is the recipe for you because you need to crush almost a whole box of graham crackers to make one batch, and one batch is never enough!!! (Unless you own a food processor or buy the graham crackers already crushed, but these need to be superfine)

Rum Balls
Recipe from my Dad
(Please note this is a common recipe I have a very similiar recipe in my Savannah Style cookbook)

  • 1/4 C. Rum
  • 1 1/2 tsp. honey
  • 2 C. finely sifted graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 T. cocoa
  • 1 C. confectioners sugar for crumb mixture
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • confectioners sugar to roll balls in (~ 1/2 C.)
Mix together crumbs, cocoa, confectioners sugar and salt.

Next, mix together rum and honey in a seperate bowl.

Then, slowly add liquid ingredients to crumb mixture. When ingredients hold together stop adding liquid.

* Loco Cocoa tip: It is best to mix together with your hands, becuase it forms a dough like consistency and you don't want it to be too wet, you will "feel" when the consistency is right when the ingredients hold together.

Roll into 1" balls, then roll in confectioners sugar.

Let Rum Balls "ripen". They taste better if you let them "ripen", sit for at least 12 hours to soak in the rum flavor thoroughly. It just isn't the same if you eat one as soon as you make them, if you do you may be tempted to throw them out, please don't just be patient and let them sit overnight at least.

Hope you get to make these and enjoy, this is one of those treats that isn't necessarily for everyone, but for those of us that like them, they are a treat!!!

(These were part of my treat basket I made for our friends in South Carolina, check out the review of them over at Will Run for Health maybe we can all be inspired to get excercising after eating all of these treats!)
Also, please note that these are not cooked/baked so remember the alcohol content is still in there and should not be shared with little ones. These are our adult only treats in our house!

Stay tuned for tomorrow I have a treat I cannot wait to share, it is a semi-homemade, very semi-homemade, Santa Trail mix, just too cute I have to share before Christmas. My kids have been devouring it all weekend (as well as the adults!). It is a great trail mix to make and give as treats to friends/neighbors at Christmas as it is Christmas themed. So, if you are up to make any more treats before Christmas as we count down, get a bag of sweet Bugles (cinnamon or peanut butter/chocolate), some candy melt, and other trail mix ingredients, to be prepared for tomorrow!!! I really think once you see it you will want to make it!!! I couldn't resist!

Happy Baking,

Lynn aka Loco Cocoa


  1. Mom's always tasted better to me. Eats always taste better when someone else makes it. ;0)
    That tradition, along with the Nesselrode Pie ( Pudding )was started at Cobbler Mtn. Farms. About 30 years ago. About 30 some years ago.......

  2. What a great holiday cookie/ball! Love it!

    Great blog!


  3. Mary: Thanks for visiting, hope you continue to follow and get to make some Rum balls for yourself or to share with others :0)