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These sweet little rum balls will make you feel the burn! Perfect for your
Valentine or as a holiday treat. They are a little bit nice with the chocolate
and a little bit naughty with the booze! 


heart shaped platter filled with chocolate dipped rum balls

    My boss’s wife has a tradition of making rum
balls each Christmas. They are her signature item and they are delicious. Some
have a truffle center others have liqueur soaked cherry centers. She makes them
in three strengths ranging from Kahlua or Cointreau to Bacardi 151. They are
always a hit at the company Christmas Party and my husband instantly fell in
love with them.

    I was lucky enough to have her invite me
over for a rum ball making tutorial. We had so much fun making a couple of
batches of delicious rum balls.

     She sent me home with a tray of them to
share with my then boyfriend. He proposed within a few weeks of that, so she
swears it was the rum balls that pushed him over the edge. 
 Hey, whatever it takes right?

    She makes them by feel and with years of
experience, she makes them the best! I came home with a list of ingredients,
but no measurements. 

     So these are a very rough approximation
of her rum balls. I didn’t make the truffle or cherry centers this time, but
they really do take them to the next level. One of these times I am going to
have to do them that way too!
rum ball ingredients getting ready to go into the food processor
    Here’s the thing about my husband, he loves for his food to
bite back. If we go out for wings, he has to order at least 6 of the hottest
ones on the menu. The whole time he tells us how good they are his face is
red and he’s crying.

“It’s fun” he says while nothing about it looks fun.

fine” he says as I hold on to the phone ready to call 911 when he falls

I used to help him eat those Blazin’ wings, but my heat tolerance has faded a
bit over the years and I have no interest in torturing myself! Of course when
I made
Jess’s Tailgate Queso, he had to stir in a little of Pops’ homemade habanero sauce. 

     The first couple bites were fine, then
he hit a hot spot and the tears started flowing!  So it makes perfect
sense that he likes the Bacardi 151 version of her rum balls best.
     It is always fun to watch people try one
for the first time. There is the delicious flavor of chocolate that gives way
to the warmth of the alcohol. They definitely make your mouth tingle.

My husband requested a batch not too long ago. He requests things so seldom
that I feel like I need to follow through when he does. 

     We had a trivia night coming up and I
was in charge of making some sweets to share, so I knew this would be a
perfect time. He had fun sharing them with our table and a few people we met
in line.
     He looked quite pleased with himself and
his treat. We didn’t win the trivia night, but I think I might have won a
little extra piece of his heart!
bite missing from a chocolate dipped rum ball
Watch me whip up a batch on YouTube:
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How To Make Super Simple Rum Balls a quick and simple treat is in order. Luckily these rum
balls are just that thing. They are best when made a few days in
advance, but they require very little work and no time in the oven. So
they are perfect when the holiday baking season is in full swing and
the cookie trays are filling up faster than the oven can cook
Yield: 24-36 rum balls depending on size
Author: Cooking With Carlee
Hunk of Burnin' Love Rum Balls

Hunk of Burnin’ Love Rum Balls

These sweet little rum balls will make you feel the burn! Perfect
for your Valentine or as a holiday treat. They are a little bit nice
with the chocolate and a little bit naughty with the booze!
Prep time: 25 Mininactive time: 30 MinTotal time: 55 Min


  • 12 oz box of vanilla wafers
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 Tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup rum
  • 1 lb chocolate for dipping


  1. Process your vanilla wafers into crumbs in your food processor.
    Add the almond flour and cocoa powder, process to combine.
  2. Stir in the corn syrup and rum. Roll into small balls. I usually
    do a variety of sizes, larger for folks like my husband and a few
    smaller ones for people who just want to give them a try.
  3. Refrigerate for at least a half hour.
  4. When ready to dip, prepare your chocolate by melting and tempering
  5. Dip balls and decorate if desired.
  6. They may be eaten as soon as they are set, but they are better if
    you give them a few days to let the flavors really come together.
    Store in an airtight container at room temperature.



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Friday 12th of February 2016

They look AMAZING!! I can see why your husband loves them.


Friday 12th of February 2016

Thank you! They are definitely one of his favorite sweets!

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Saturday 6th of February 2016

I typically shy away from these type of recipes, but these look so fantastic, and I love the ingredients, so I just may have to try this!


Saturday 6th of February 2016

I only make them about once a year, but they are one of the few things my husband requests. They really are easy to make too, so I have to give him what he wants every once in a while ;-)


Friday 5th of February 2016

I've always wanted to try making a sweetie like this - these sound outstanding! Thanks for sharing this recipe Carlee, found this one at Saucy Saturday!


Friday 5th of February 2016

They are definitely a special treat for the adults only! I hope you love them!


Wednesday 3rd of February 2016

These look so delicious! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!


Wednesday 3rd of February 2016

Thank you! It is fun to have something that I make that my husband feels like are just for him.


Tuesday 2nd of February 2016

These sound delicious!

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Wednesday 3rd of February 2016

Thanks, my husband sure loves them!