How to make rum balls


Well Christmas is nearly upon us and that means lots of food, lots of family and lots of good times to share. One of my favourite memories as a kid was making rum balls in the kitchen with my mum (yep it’s actually spelt like that here in Australia) in preparation for guests coming over for dinner parties.

This Christmas my mum and sister are coming to my place – so it’s on me to make sure it’s a good event! So I thought what better time to re-live that child hood memory and have a go at making some rum balls for this year’s Christmas lunch. But first I’ve got to call mum and get the recipe!!

Right, I’m back -call made – it’s all coming back to me, so below I have re-created mums special recipe, in my opinion the best rum balls I’ve ever tasted in your life (I can’t guarantee they will be the best rum balls YOU’VE ever tasted in your life – but they’ve go to be close)!! So here we go…

The Rum Drinks Mega Awesome Rum Ball Recipe

First you’ll need your ingredients:

  • 2oz (50g) chopped raisins (can also use toasted pecans)
  • 2oz (60ml) rum (gold or dark – try Mt Gay Extra Old)
  • 2.3oz (65g) dried coconut flakes
  • 2 cups (about 300g) crushed dry biscuit (or Weetbix / wafer biscuit)
  • 2oz (60ml) sweetened condensed milk
  • Spare coconut sprinkles

Making your rum ball mixture

  1. Mix the raisins and 1 tablespoon of the rum in a small saucepan over low heat
  2. Bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and put aside for 5 minutes
  3. Tip the raisin mixture, remaining rum, coconut, biscuit crumbs & condensed milk in a medium bowl and stir until well combined

Rolling your rum balls

  • Try not to make the rum balls too big or too small as this can make them seem dry or crumbly.
  • Roll a tablespoon full of mixture into a ball and repeat until all mixture is used
  • Place the spare coconut sprinkles on a plate or baking tray
  • Roll each rum ball in coconut sprinkles to coat.
  • Place in an air tight container and refrigerate.

Leave in the fridge over night and serve cold and fresh as a tasty Christmas morning snack or post turkey desert. I might even be super creative and create a rum ball desert, maybe with ice cream and coffee?! (We’ll see how that one goes and I’ll report back soon). Let me know how you go with your rum balls! RD.



  1. says

    Greetings olivers mum! I cant wait to make these rum balls. I’ve had great success with a a couple of your other recipes & I’m sure I’ll enjoy making, & most importantly, eating this one too! Thanks so much for posting the recipe! voted up & declared very useful!!

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