Chocolate rum balls, no-bake! (Adults only since they are not baked!) They are easy to make and soo good!!  It is hard to eat just one!  

England, the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Greece, the Czech Republic, and Denmark are countries where chocolate rum balls are loved and made a lot. They all use chocolate and rum but the recipes vary in size and ingredients. This recipe variation is popular in the United States.

You really can taste the rum, but it doesn’t overpower the cookie. Use whatever is your favorite rum. I usually use dark rum which has a stronger, bolder flavor than light rum, which is a little sweeter. I have heard both dark and light rum have the same alcohol content though. In the slideshow, I had light rum on hand and they were delicious too.

Rum balls are very popular at Christmastime, but they are really nice to enjoy year round!

A lot of people love these rum balls!

See how easy they are to make in the slideshow below.



Chocolate Rum Balls~Easy No-Bake!
Chocolate Rum Balls hat are a huge hit with people! So delicious and hard to eat just one! They are No-Bake and super-fast to make!
3.34 from 6 votes
Prep Time25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 30
Calories: 99


  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar for dusting
  • 2 cups vanilla wafers 11-ounce box, finely crushed
  • 1 cup pecans finely chopped, or use nuts of your choice
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • cup rum dark or light
  • cup corn syrup light


  • In a small bowl, set aside the 1/2 cup of confectioner's sugar for DUSTING the rum balls after they are rolled.
  • With a mixer on medium speed, beat all the COOKIE DOUGH ingredients until it is well-blended and forms a soft dough.
  • Wet your hands and shape small pieces of the dough into one-inch balls, about the size of walnuts. You may have to re-wet your hands as you make them.
  • Roll the balls twice in the reserved confectioner's sugar.
  • Store them covered at room temperature. They keep for 2 weeks.


REFRESH:  Just before serving, dust them again with confectioner’s sugar for a better presentation.
FREEZING:  You can freeze these in freezer bags for about 2 months.
Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg

I first posted this recipe in 2014 and updated the recipe design format in 2021.


  1. bubblinky December 28, 2021 at 4:30 am

    Hey Angie…want to try baking your delicious looking creations & as I am in Australia, do you have weight measurements/ conversions from cups to grams/mls etc. Thatnks

  2. Lynda Squillante December 6, 2021 at 7:24 am

    Looks delicious 😋 thank you 😊 Going to try to make for Christmas 🎄 this year.

    1. Angie December 6, 2021 at 8:25 pm

      Great Lynda! We LOVE them! Let me know!

  3. Debbie Spivey August 22, 2016 at 11:40 am

    These looks so good Angie!

  4. Angie August 20, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Try’em, Margo! They ARE great!

  5. Margo August 20, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    This looks great. Saving this recipe.

    1. Lynda Squillante December 6, 2021 at 7:27 am

      Going to try to make this for Christmas 🎄 Eve.
      Thank you cousin Angie.
      Merry Christmas 🎅 to you and your family 👪 ❤️
      Lynda, Tj and all of us
      Miss you 😘

      1. Angie December 6, 2021 at 8:26 pm

        Awesome, Lynda! Merry Christmas to you and the family! It’s been too long since I was there!

      2. Angie December 11, 2021 at 8:34 pm

        Thanks,Lynda! Same to you all. Yes, these are great! Easy too.


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