Strong taste and perfect aroma, these are the recipes for rum balls! Try all 5 types

High-quality rum is simply an inherent part of baking, and this is even more true when rum is the basic essence of the entire recipe.

Therefore, do not be afraid to invest in it, because these recipes for rum balls require good quality rum.

You will never achieve a perfect result without it, and the final product is above all good for us!

You can read how to choose quality rum at the end of the article. So up and down!

Rum sponge balls

Classic baby sponges and sweetened condensed milk create a great sticky texture for our amazing rum and coconut balls. The light aromatic tail of this recipe is given by the orange peel, which can be smelled slightly, but just right!

What will we need

  1. 250 g of sponge cake
  2. 400 g of sweetened condensed milk
  3. 80 g of dried coconut
  4. 25 g of Dutch cocoa
  5. A teaspoon of finely grated orange peel
  6. 60 ml of dark rum
  7. 40 g desiccated coconut (toasted)


  1. Process the cookies into fine crumbs
  2. Transfer the crumbs to a large bowl
  3. Add condensed milk, coconut, sifted cocoa, orange peel and rum
  4. Mix everything well to combine the ingredients
  5. Shape the dough into walnut-sized balls
  6. Roll the balls in extra coconut
  7. Place them on a tray, cover and refrigerate until solidified
The best balls with soft baby sponge inside and coconut on top.

Coconut balls with rum

I like to use dark coconut rum for this recipe to help bring out the coconut flavor of the balls. If you want, you can also use regular dark rum, this will give you a strong rum taste, rather than coconut.

What will we need

  1. 350 g of vanilla cookies
  2. 200 g of pecans
  3. 90 g of powdered sugar
  4. 60 g of high quality cocoa
  5. 30 ml dark coconut rum (you can use regular dark rum)
  6. 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  7. 200 g grated coconut (for coating)


  1. Pour the coconut into the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth
  2. Set the coconut aside in a shallow bowl for later use
  3. Place the cookies and nuts in a food processor
  4. We process the ingredients until they are ground into small pieces
  5. Pour the cookie and nut mixture into a large bowl and add the icing sugar and cocoa
  6. Stir to combine the ingredients
  7. Add corn syrup and rum
  8. Mix again
  9. We may need to use our hands to mix so that the ingredients are evenly combined
  10. Use your hands or a small cookie scoop to make balls out of the mixture
  11. Wrap each ball in the reserved coconut
  12. Store in an airtight container
  13. Let them sit for at least a day before serving so that the flavor develops

For more rum inspiration, check out these rum Christmas cookie recipes and enjoy!

Soft balls full of coconut flavor and a touch of rum wrapped in grated coconut.

Rum balls with raisins

Nothing says Christmas more than these simple, festive balls made with rum and chocolate, cocoa and, of course, rum raisins.

What will we need

  1. 50 g raisins (chopped)
  2. 2 tablespoons of dark rum
  3. 250 g of chocolate biscuits
  4. 50g Dutch cocoa powder (plus an extra 50g)
  5. 180 g of desiccated coconut
  6. 400 g of sweetened condensed milk


  1. Line a large tray with baking paper
  2. Place the raisins and rum in a large bowl and let stand for 10 minutes to soften the raisins
  3. Meanwhile, put the cookies in a food processor and blend until they are finely crushed
  4. Add cookies, cocoa, coconut and condensed milk to the raisin mixture and mix well with clean hands
  5. Pour extra cocoa on a plate to hand
  6. With lightly greased hands, shape rum balls from the dough, which are then coated in extra cocoa
  7. Place the balls on the prepared tray and refrigerate them for 2 hours until solidified
The best unbaked balls with rum filling and raisins.

Walnut rum balls

Rum Balls are sweet, no-bake cookies for adults that are perfect for holidays and parties. These simple, chewy cookies are a combination of crushed vanilla wafers, nuts, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, honey, dark rum and cinnamon. Finally, roll them in crushed nuts, cocoa or powdered sugar. These rum balls last a long time in the fridge or freeze them to enjoy later.

What will we need

  1. 300 g of vanilla cookies
  2. 100 g crushed pecans
  3. 50 g of crushed almonds
  4. 50 g of hazelnuts
  5. 250 g of powdered sugar
  6. 60 g of cocoa powder
  7. A teaspoon of cinnamon
  8. 30 ml of dark rum
  9. 3 spoons of honey

For decoration

  1. Icing sugar
  2. Cocoa powder
  3. Crushed pecans


  1. To roast the nuts, preheat the oven to 180 degrees and spread the nuts on a baking sheet in one layer
  2. Roast the nuts for 6-8 minutes until golden and fragrant
  3. Let them cool down before putting them in the food processor
  4. Meanwhile, grind the vanilla wafers in a food processor until they are all crumbled and transfer the crumbs to a large mixing bowl
  5. Then pulse the nuts in a food processor until they are all crushed and crumbly and add them to the cookie mixing bowl
  6. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until evenly combined
  7. Whisk the rum and honey until smooth and add to the cookie mixture
  8. Using a spatula, mix the dough together
  9. If the dough is a little warm, put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes before shaping, it will make it easier to shape the balls
  10. Scoop the dough into balls with a ladle and shape them
  11. Roll each ball in icing sugar, cocoa or crushed nuts
  12. Place the rum balls on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and refrigerate until you want to serve them
Rum balls wrapped in ground pecans.

Unbaked balls with bourbon

Unbeatably the best recipe for balls full of fragrant rum. Enjoy the powerful aroma and flavor found only in these special bourbon pecan balls. It literally melts in your mouth.

What will we need

  1. 350 g finely chopped pecans (divided 250 g + 100 g)
  2. 60 ml of bourbon
  3. 125 g butter, softened
  4. 250 g of powdered sugar
  5. 500 g dark chocolate frosting (melted)


  1. Mix 350 g of pecans and bourbon
  2. In this way, let the mixture stand covered for 8 hours or overnight
  3. Mix the softened butter and powdered sugar until combined, then fold in the pecan mixture
  4. Leave the dough covered in the refrigerator for about 45 minutes, until they are firm enough to shape
  5. We form rum balls from the dough
  6. Place them on baking sheets lined with baking paper
  7. Leave the balls in the cold until they harden, about 1 hour
  8. Dip the hardened balls in the chocolate coating
  9. Sprinkle the remaining pecans over the rum balls and let them stand until the chocolate hardens
The best unbaked balls with rum and chocolate.

What to replace rum with in recipes?

The primary ingredient in these ball recipes is rum. Its aroma perfectly complements the entire recipe, but what if you don’t want to use rum, but want to preserve its aroma? You use a substitute!


  • White grape juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Apple juice
  • Cider
  • Almond flavored syrup
  • Rum extract
  • Orange juice


  • Brandy
  • Gin
  • Cognac
  • Tequila
  • Sherry liqueur

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