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Chocolate Rum Balls

Recipe Level: Easy

These chocolate rum balls make a perfect edible gift for the holidays. They are simple to make, super chocolatey with a hint of rum!

Baked by Alie Romano

Professional Baker and Recipe Developer

* Make sure to read the entire blog post. Every step matters, and I’ll provide helpful tips along the way!

Chocolate Rum Balls

When I was a kid my mom and I would spend days in the kitchen leading up to Christmas. We’d make containers and containers full of cookies and squares. My mom always made sure that we’d bake everyone’s favourite treat, plus we’d always have to try a few new recipes too.

We’d assemble plates of assorted Christmas cookies and squares to give as gifts to friends, teachers, and anyone who had become special to a Romano like the soccer coach or even our family doctor! If someone mentioned one year what their favourite cookie or square was, my mom would make a mental note and be sure to have them the following year. The list was always long and each Christmas we’d try to cut back without much success.

I always hated making two recipes in particular (for some reason), rum balls and some kind of cookie that looked like a football. I think at the time these Christmas treats were my least favourite and were labour intensive when I didn’t enjoy eating them.  Why bother when you don’t get much bang for your buck?! But we always made them because my brother Jer loved rum balls and my brother Matt loved these other things (I will remember the name of them, I will…).

It’s funny now as I’m making my list of what I want to bake for Christmas, all I can think about are those rum balls. Maybe I’m feeling more nostalgic than usual?! I’d make those football cookies too but I’m pretty sure I still don’t care for them! lol. My mom no longer has the recipe but this one is close to what I remember. Except I find these rum balls much more chocolatey than rummy, but I’m not sure that’s a bad thing?!

So this year I find my Christmas cookie platter smaller than usual but filled with some old favourites (I never thought I’d be rolling rum balls in cocoa again!).

Oh and those football cookies go by other names, Russian tea cakes or Mexican wedding cookies.

Do you have any favourite Christmas cookies from your childhood?

Chocolate Rum Balls
Rum Balls
Chocolate Rum Balls
Chocolate Rum Balls

Chocolate Rum Balls

These chocolate rum balls make a perfect edible gift for the holidays. They are simple to make, super chocolatey with a hint of rum!

  • Author: Alie Romano
  • Prep Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 50 rum balls 1x
  • Category: Candy
  • Cuisine: Danish


Units Scale
  • 1 cup ground walnuts
  • 2 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 oz. milk chocolate
  • 4 oz. dark chocolate
  • 2 Tablespoons whipping cream
  • 2 Tablespoons coffee liqueur (Kahlua)
  • 1/4 cup rum (dark rum)
  • cocoa or chocolate sprinkles for topping (approx. 1/4 cup)


  1. In a large bowl mix together ground walnuts, icing sugar and cocoa powder.
  2. In a heatproof bowl add, chocolates, cream, coffee liqueur, and rum. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water. Melt chocolate and liquids together until smooth. Remove from heat and cool for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add chocolate to sugar and mix well.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Set aside.
  5. In a small bowl add cocoa (or sprinkles) for rolling your rum balls.
  6. Using a spoon, scoop out approx. 1 – 1 1/2 teaspoon size of the dough and roll into a ball. Place on prepared baking sheet and repeat until all the dough is used.
  7. Next, roll each ball into cocoa to cover the entire ball.
  8. Store in an airtight container.


Rum balls will last one month in the fridge.
You can re-roll the balls in cocoa to freshen them up.
These are very rich so be sure to make your rum balls tiny.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 57
  • Sugar: 6.3g
  • Sodium: 2mg
  • Fat: 2.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.8g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 7.2g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Protein: 0.9g
  • Cholesterol: 1mg

Keywords: Rum Balls, Confection, Candy, Chocolate, Christmas, Holiday

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