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Old fashioned rum balls coated in Christmas sprinkles on a wire rack.
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Old Fashioned Rum Balls

Rich in rum flavor and a sweet slightly crunchy texture makes these Old Fashioned Rum Balls as traditional confection at every Christmas gathering. Made using classic ingredients such as spiced rum, vanilla wafers, cocoa, and powdered sugar.
Prep Time25 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: rum balls
Servings: 36 Balls
Calories: 101kcal
Author: Aimee Mars | Aimee Mars Living


  • 11 ounces Vanilla Wafers one whole box
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 1 cup Chopped Pecans optional
  • 1/2 cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 1/4 cup Spiced Rum
  • 1/2 cup Sprinkles optional


  • Place the vanilla wafers into a food processor and pulse until the wafers are ground into a fine grain-line mix. Alternatively, you can place the vanilla wafers into a gallon-sized plastic bag and crush them with a kitchen mallet or potato masher to crush them.
  • In a large bowl mix the crushed vanilla wafers, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and nuts if using until well combined.
  • Add the corn syrup and rum to the mixture and fold the ingredients together until a soft grainy dough forms.
  • Dust your hands with powdered sugar and roll a 1-inch sized portion of the dough into the shape of a small ball.
  • Pour the sprinkles (or other toppings) into a small bowl and roll each ball into the topping until the ball is fully coated. Repeat until all the dough is used. The dough is very sticky so you may need to repeat dusting your hands with powdered sugar.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg