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Classic Rum Balls
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Classic Rum Balls

Classic Rum Balls made with crushed vanilla wafers, toasted pecans, rum, and bourbon. Once formed they are rolled in sugar for an extra layer of sweetness. One of my favorite Christmas holiday candies.

Course Candy
Cuisine Southern
Keyword easy candy, rum balls
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour


  • 1 (11-ounce) box Vanilla wafer cookies
  • 1 1/4 cups toasted pecans
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar


  • Place cookies and pecans in a food processor. Process until finely ground.
  • Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in powdered sugar, rum, bourbon, corn syrup and salt until mixed well.
  • Use a tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop the dough and shape into balls.
  • Place granulated sugar in a bowl. Coat the rum balls in the sugar.
  • Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.