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    Lu's Rum or Bourbon Balls

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    RuthlessWr's Note:

    These are great make ahead rum balls. Quick and easy to make and taste better after they've aged a bit so making them ahead of time is a good idea. I make them a few weeks before Christmas and add them to my cookie plates.

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    • 3 cups vanilla wafers, crushed
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 2 tablespoons cocoa
    • 2 tablespoons light Karo syrup (may require more)
    • 1/4 cup rum or 1/4 cup Bourbon
    • 1 cup nuts (optional)
    • powdered sugar, enough to coat


    1. 1
      Sift cocoa and sugar together.
    2. 2
      Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well, using enough Karo to make it workable.
    3. 3
      Shape into balls an inch or so in diameter.
    4. 4
      Roll in powedered sugar.
    5. 5
      Store in a tin with wax paper between layers.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 27, 2008


      Yum Yum Yum! I chose this recipe for a Tag game, and what a good choice it was. In fact, I have already added this recipe to my annual Christmas baking file, because I know that I will want to make these every year. The recipe gives the option of adding either rum or bourbon, and I used rum (personal preference is all). But I bet they'd be just as wonderful with bourbon. The taste was spectacular, with a distinct chocolately fudge taste with a light hint of rum. Yum! The recipe stated it made 24, but I easily got 32 decent-sized rum balls out of the recipe. Thanks RuthelessWr, you've posted a winner! UPDATE - These are great for freezing. I made them on 9/2/08, immediately put them in the freezer, and took them out on Christmas day. They were just as chocolately and delectable as the day I made them.

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    • on December 19, 2008

      I lost the rum ball recipe that I had gotten from an ex co-worker of my husbands so I tried this one. It is wonderful! I made a batch to bring to my son's but I ended up eating too many and had to make more! Thank you so much for posting this recipe. It is a real keeper. :)

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    • on December 15, 2008


      I love these! This is the first time making rum balls and they are wonderful. Very simple and delicious. I can't wait to see how the flavor enhances in another week. Thanks for sharing!

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    Nutritional Facts for Lu's Rum or Bourbon Balls

    Serving Size: 1 (15 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 24

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 30.8
    Calories from Fat 0
    Total Fat 0.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 1.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 6.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
    Sugars 5.3 g
    Protein 0.0 g

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