“But what about the rum?”, asks Captain Jack Sparrow. It’s true. There are many types of baked goods made for the holiday season, like gingerbread cookies, sugar cookies and panettone, but only a few have rum in them. Last year, I participated in a cookie exchange and one participant brought in rum balls. I thought it was an interesting choice because it’s definitely not your typical treat!
What are rum balls? They are little chocolate truffle-like balls filled with rum and because they’re not baked, they can be very pungent in flavour. Either way, I was inspired to make my own because they seemed simple enough and I was longing to make something other than cookies and cakes.
1 cup icing sugar
1 cup ground almonds
85g bittersweet chocolate, grated
1/3 cup dark rum
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sprinkles
In a large bowl, mix the icing sugar, almonds and bittersweet chocolate together. Then, pour in 1/4 cup of rum and 1 tsp of vanilla and mix until it forms a solid dough. Roll this into a ball and then chill in the fridge until it’s firm (approximately 15 minutes).
Place wax paper on a flat tray or surface. When the dough is ready, take about a teaspoon of the batter and roll it into a ball between the palm of your hands. Place the ball on the tray and repeat until you run out of dough and have a bunch of “naked” rum balls.
Pour the remaining rum into a shallow bowl and pour the sprinkles into another. Take one of the naked balls and first roll it fully around into the rum and then do the same in the bowl of sprinkles until it is completely covered, pressing lightly so that the sprinkles sticks. Put it on a tray to dry and repeat with the remaining balls. Let the rum balls dry for about an hour before refrigerating.
To make these more festive, I used holiday coloured sprinkles and placed each ball into a mini holiday themed cupcake liner. This also helps to enhance the presentation to make them more fancy. Taste-wise, all I can say is these are STRONG! There is definitely no holding back on the alcohol, but I guess that’s part of the fun of eating rum balls. Enjoy! 🙂
Original recipe from CBC’s Really Good Rum Balls