Rum Balls

These rum balls are such an easy Christmas treat! The combined flavors of chocolate, spiced rum and walnuts is so good! Best thing? They are no bake!

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This recipe was photographed and updated 11/2023.

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If you're looking for a holiday sweet treat with a kick, then you'll want to try these yummy rum balls! 

These no bake Christmas rum balls are so easy to make. They can be ready in about 20 minutes and are best the same day they're made! 

You'll taste chocolate, walnuts and of course the spiced rum. They're a great texture and every bite is so delicious.

These definitely pack a punch and are not baked, so make sure to keep them up and out of the kiddos reach. 

If you're looking for some more no bake Christmas treats, try these Peppermint Oreo Balls or Candy Cane Kiss Muddy Buddies!

Keep scrolling for the full printable recipe 💙

Rum Balls bring rolled in powdered sugar.

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Recipe tips:

  • Make sure your cookie crumbs and finely chopped walnuts don’t have any big chunks. You want them to be similar to dry sand so they mix into your ingredients seamlessly. I pulse mine in a food processor to achieve this. 
  • If you roll a ball and hold it flat in your hand and it seems to slowly melt, your mixture is too soft. Simply add more crushed cookies, ¼ cup at a time until the right consistency is reached.
  • If your mixture is dry before rolling, add about a ½ tablespoon of rum at a time until it reaches the right consistency. 
  • Store in an airtight container in a cold, dry room for up to 5 days. You can store these in the fridge, but there’s a possibility the coatings will get gooey from the added moisture. These are best when served the same day they’re made. I do not recommend freezing.
  • As the rum balls sit, the bottoms will flatten a bit, but it’s nice because then they’re not rolling all over the place when being served.

Rum Balls in a white bowl.
Yield 20 balls
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
20 Min
Total time
20 Min

Rum Balls


  • 5 cups finely crushed Nilla Wafers
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • ½ cup spiced rum
  • optional garnishes:
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup finely crushed Nilla Wafers
  • ½ cup walnuts, finely chopped


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the crushed Nilla wafers, salt, and finely chopped walnuts.
  3. Sift the powdered sugar and cocoa powder into the walnut mixture. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, combine the corn syrup and rum. Mix until the syrup is dissolved.
  5. Pour over the Nilla wafer mixture and mixture until it starts to get a thick consistency.
  6. Grab your rubber gloves and, without too much smashing, finish combining the mixture. It will be like cookie dough.
  7. Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, roll the mixture into 1-inch balls and place them on the prepared pan.
  8. Choose your toppings and place them in small bowls. Once you’re ready to coat them, re-roll the balls right before rolling them in the toppings of your choice.
  9. Place back on the pan or in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts




8.67 g

Sat. Fat

1.97 g


28.87 g


1.6 g

Net carbs

27.91 g


16.41 g


2.09 g


170.45 mg


0.28 mg

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You can add or substitute with these ingredients:

  • use pecans instead of walnuts
  • use honey instead of corn syrup (dark corn syrup also works)
  • use bourbon instead of rum or a combo of both

Rum Balls stacked on a white stand with santa in the background.

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