As a child I would always help my mom with rolling her chocolate nut balls in powdered sugar. We’d use a paper bag and shake a few balls at a time until the dark brown chocolate just peeked thru the sweet white sugar. Once I lived on my own, I made them just like mom did…until I discovered the magic of substituting spiced rum where my mother had used half -n-half. Holy cow. Good good good. Just enough kick to let you know these are RUM balls. If you are not an alcohol in your baked goods fan (I feel so sorry for you), just switch it back. An even swap – 1/2 cup of half-n-half for the spiced rum listed. They are delicious like mom used to make them too. But my way will make your Christmas gathering a little more jolly.
3 1/4 cups crushed vanilla wafers (one 12 ounce box)
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup spiced rum
*The walnuts and vanilla wafers should both be crushed/chopped to the same consistency. Resembling something between small pebbles and sand.
- In a large bowl, stir together the crushed vanilla wafers, 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, cocoa, and nuts. Blend in corn syrup and rum.
- Shape into 1 inch balls, and roll in additional confectioners’ sugar. Store in an airtight container for several days to develop the flavor. Roll again in confectioners’ sugar before serving.