a plate of Mom's Rum Balls

Mom's Rum Balls

These no bake rum balls are a tasty adult-only treat. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword rum
Prep Time 30 minutes
Servings 36 balls
Calories 150 kcal
Author Jane Windham


  • 1 11 ounce box of vanilla wafers crushed
  • 2 cups pecan pieces
  • 2 tablespoons Special Dark cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar divided
  • 4 tablespoons syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla flavoring
  • 1/4 cup rum


  1. Pour the crushed vanilla wafers in a large mixing bowl.

  2. Add the pecan pieces to the crushed vanilla wafers.

  3. Add 1 cup of the confectioners' sugar to the mixture.

  4. Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa and mix all the dry ingredients thoroughly.

  5. Pour in 1 tablespoon vanilla flavoring.

  6. Add 4 tablespoons syrup to the mixture and stir.

  7. Pour in the rum and mix all ingredients thoroughly. 

  8. Using your hands, shape the mixture into a small ball and then roll the ball in confectioners' sugar. 

  9. Place each ball onto waxed paper and continuing making balls until you run out of mixture. 

  10. Let the balls sit for about an hour and then roll them again in confectioners' sugar. 

  11. Store in an airtight container for up to a week. 

Recipe Notes

Any type of rum can be used in making these balls.
Honey, maple syrup, or light Karo syrup can be substituted for the syrup.
It is not necessary to refrigerate the rum balls, but if you do, they will last longer.

Nutrition Facts
Mom's Rum Balls
Amount Per Serving (1 ball)
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 94
% Daily Value*
Fat 10.4g16%
Saturated Fat 1.2g8%
Carbohydrates 13.2g4%
Fiber 1.6g7%
Sugar 7.9g9%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.