Easy 4 Ingredient Rum Balls

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These easy Rum balls are the best way to spread holiday cheer to your grown up friends and family! With only 4 ingredients (plus sprinkles) and no baking required, these decadent truffle-like, treats pack a punch that makes the cookie tray season just a little bit brighter!

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It wouldn’t be the holiday season without one delectable treat in my family; making and eating these truffle-like Rum Balls. This treat is most definitely a tradition that I can’t help but look forward to. My Grandma made legendary rum balls, known far and wide by everyone that loved her.

Not only are these easy to make with just 4 ingredients (plus sprinkles) but they’re so good and last for a couple of weeks in the fridge making them the perfect make-ahead treat.

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When making Rum Balls for the holidays, here are a few tricks to make them taste almost as good as my grandma’s (the only thing that is missing is the love she poured into hers, making them extraordinary).

  • Dark Rum is best for this recipe, it adds a fantastic flavor dimension to these yummy bites.
  • Make sure you crush the ingredients before measuring for accuracy
  • You want your nuts chopped or processed so you still have a few little chunks.  You don’t want them too fine.
  • You can substitute the rum for 1 tsp extract to make them alcohol-free and suitable for sharing with the younger generation (add extra cream if needed)

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Once you combine all of the ingredients, you’ll want to make sure they form a ball that holds its shape and isn’t too soft. If you find your mixture to be very soft, crush a few more cookies and stir them in.

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While we’ve always had them dipped in chocolate sprinkles, you can dip them in anything you like from coconut or cocoa powder to sprinkles or chopped chocolate.  Don’t skip the 2 days of sitting, it adds a lot of extra flavor to these!

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4.8 from 10 votes
Review Recipe

Rum Balls

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12
Author Holly Nilsson
These easy Rum balls are the best way to spread holiday cheer to your grown up friends and family! With only 4 ingredients (plus sprinkles) and no baking required, these decadent truffle-like, treats pack a punch that makes the cookie tray season just a little bit brighter!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups crushed Oreos whole cookies including the middles
  • 1 ½ cups walnuts finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • ¼-⅓ cup dark rum

OPTIONAL COATINGS

  • chocolate sprinkles
  • coconut
  • cocoa powder
  • sprinkles
  • chopped nuts

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Instructions

  • Combine crushed Oreos, walnuts, cream in a medium bowl and mix well.
  • Add rum starting with ¼ cup and adding more if needed to create a consistency that holds its shape when rolled. (If you add too much and they are too soft, add in more cookie crumbs to get desired consistency, note that the crumbs do soak up the liquids as they sit).
  • Using a small scoop (or melon baller) scoop dough and roll into balls.
  • Roll in sprinkles. Refrigerate 2 days before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 307, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 185mg, Potassium: 150mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 55IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 26mg, Iron: 3.9mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword rum balls
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. What did I do wrong? I just finished making these and shoving them in the freezer. I’m nervous to try to put these in the fridge.

    I doubled the recipe – I used 6 tbsp cream, 1/2 cup of bourbon, an entire family size package of Oreo crumbs (with the middles), and slightly less than 3 cups of walnuts

    Originally, I poured in the cream and it wasn’t coming together at all. Then I added 1/2 cup of bourbon (again, double batch), and I realized I should’ve drizzled it in while stirring because it was way too soft. So I added more crumbs and more crumbs and more crumbs, until I added the entire package worth (well over 8 cups of crumbs in all). After sitting for a bit, the consistency was solid enough for me to actually roll them. But even then, they are so soft. I am worried if I try to keep them out of the freezer they’ll just be mush.

    They also don’t taste that great, but it’s day 1 so I realize maybe in a couple days they’ll taste better. And maybe rum would taste better but regardless, i wouldn’t consider this “easy”. But also I barely taste the alcohol anyways??

    I know if I had drizzled in less than the 1/4 cup I would’ve been better off, but then you really wouldn’t taste any alcohol. Is this just a product of time? What did I mess up??

    1. A family size package (19.1 oz) of Oreo cookies has about 48 cookies which equals 4 cups of crumbs total (12 Oreos will make about 1 cup of crumbs). This would mean that you were likely 2 cups short on crumbs for a double recipe if you used a full package of family-sized Oreos.

      Did you crush your own whole Oreo cookies (packaged Oreo crumbs do not have the right consistency)? Did you measure 3 cups of Oreos after they were crushed (or 6 if doubling).

      As you changed the alcohol, this will change the flavor. As mentioned in the post, the flavor intensifies as they sit so be sure to let them sit at least 2 days before eating. Hope this helps!

    1. I’ve never tried dipping these rum balls. Sounds delicious though! Let us know if you try dipping them Isabeau!

    1. These freeze perfectly Meredith. They also last for a long time in the fridge (the rum helps :))!

    1. Hi Donna, we have not made these omitting the nuts but other readers have with great success. Let us know how they turn out!

  2. It’s ok. Like the sprinkles for coating. If you don’t have a food processor and use a ziplock bag and rolling pin to crush the cookies it is very messy and the cream from the cookies sticks to the bag.had a lot of wasted cream and crumbs stuck on the bag. The vanilla wafer recipes turn out better and not as messy.3 stars

  3. I will be making these for gifts. The serving says 12 – does that mean 12 balls in total approximately? Thank you ❤️

      1. I made these tonight and they measured out to your exact measurements – 48 rum balls exactly. Thank you so much ❤️5 stars

  4. I made these rum balls for my son last Christmas and he absolutely loved them. I will be making them again and again.5 stars

  5. Hi – I’m about to make this for a cookie exchange. Can you recommend a brand of dark rum that would pair well with this? I don’t drink rum so I’ve been reading some brands have too much molasses flavor in the rum etc
    Please recommend
    Thanks!

  6. These rum balls are amazing and so easy to make. My mother-in-law passed away and used to make rum balls for the family holidays. She forgot to leave me her recipe, so I had to search for a new recipe and came across this one. It is very flavorful and my daughter suggested trying other oreo cookie flavors to add variety to the chocolate kind. Thank you for posting your recipe.5 stars

    1. I have only tried this as written. I do think that you could increase the amount of cookies to get the correct consistency. It would taste a bit different, but I think it would still be delicious. If you try making the recipe without nuts, please let us know how it works out for you!

      1. We made these for Christmas without nuts. Absolutely delicious. We rolled them in chocolate sprinkled with a few green sprinkles in other mix. Everyone loved them!

      2. We made these for Christmas without nuts. Absolutely delicious. We rolled them in chocolate sprinkles with a few green sprinkles in the mix. Everyone loved them!

  7. So instead of oreos, it’s ok to use other cookies then like the graham crackers or what if I wanted to use a vanilla cookie coukd I use that instead?

    1. I have only made by the recipe, however any other cookie should work. You may need to add a bit more liquid as you will not have the creamy layer inside the Oreo.

  8. I just made rum balls the other day too! I rolled mine in powdered sugar and used graham crackers. I LOVE the chocolatey direction you went in with these – chocolate sprinkles and Oreos – mmm! Sugar + booze in one bite = perfection!