A white bowl with rum balls in it.I have a feeling some people will really enjoy this one.
Fact: there is NOTHING healthy about rum balls.
Fact: They are absolutely delicious, and well you know, rummy.
Even though I used cocoa powder, shredded coconut and rainbow sprinkles to roll these in, the varieties are endless.
Does it taste good and sweet? Roll rum balls in it. That’s basically your lesson of the week. Use it well, okay?
By the way, these are very much loaded with alcohol. But it’s such a typical Christmas treat, I’ve included a kid-friendly version.
Or a version for your alcoholic aunt who really shouldn’t be having any but will be tricked regardless.
Take your pick.
side shot of white bowl with rum balls in it.

Rum Balls 3 Ways

They are absolutely delicious, and well you know, rummy!
5 (from 3 ratings)


  • 250 g of plain sweet biscuits processed into crumbs, such as graham crackers
  • 4 tablespoons of good quality cocoa powder, approx 30g, sifted
  • 1 cup dessicated coconut, approx 85g
  • 1 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of dark rum to taste, Replace with milk for kid-friendly version
  • Extra sweetened cocoa, sifted, shredded coconut, and rainbow sprinkles to roll the balls in.


  • Place biscuit crumbs, cocoa powder and dessicated coconut in a bowl and give it a quick stir to combine. Add condensed milk and rum and stir with wooden spoon until it comes together in a dough. Chill in the freezer for about 5 minutes if it has softened.
  • Roll into small balls with your hands and roll in cocoa powder or decoration of your choice. Place on a baking paper lined baking tray or plate and chill if serving on the day. If it starts to get sticky and melty as you're rolling, store it in the fridge to firm it up.
  • Serve and enjoy!
  • If you are preparing these in advance, place the baking tray of formed rum balls in the freezer. When frozen, store them in an airtight container in the freezer. They will last a few weeks so you can prepare them ahead of Christmas Day.


Note: the measurements I always use are 1 Cup = 250ml and 1 Tbl = 15ml
Calories: 156kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 111mg, Potassium: 139mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 57IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 73mg, Iron: 1mg

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