Delicious Rum Balls (and Vodka Balls!)

Delicious snacksI was having a hard time deciding what to bring to the New Year’s Eve party, when suddenly it became so clear. Just put liquor in everything! 

I primarily drink vodka, and didn’t want to have to buy very many ingredients; so I decided to make vodka balls! When I got home I remembered that I did have a little bit of coffee flavored rum, so I made two different flavors (that is why the ingredient list below will seem odd- it’s actually two slightly different recipes in one). 

Chocolate Coffee Rum Balls • Peach Whipped Cream Vodka Balls 

  • 11 oz. box Nilla Wafers (mine smashed down to 3.5 c)
  • 1.5 c powdered sugar (may need more, depending how messy you are)
  • 1.5 T cocoa powder 
  • .5 c chopped hazelnuts
  • 2 oz. coffee rum
  • 1 oz. whipped cream vodka
  • 1 oz. peach vodka 
  • 2 T real maple syrup

First, crush the cookies and chop the nuts. You could probably use a food processor for both. That is so not what I did. I bought the nuts chopped. The cookies I put into a ziplock bag (in three batches) and smashed the hell out of them with a rolling pin. The dogs were not impressed by this at all. I also will add, don’t try to do this just in the bag the cookies come in. There is too much air. It will burst and cookies will fly out. Not saying how I know or anything… 

Then get out two large bowls. Pour half of the cookie crumbs and half of the nuts in each bowl. Add half a cup of powdered sugar to each bowl, and 1 T of cocoa powder to one bowl (this will be the rum ball bowl). The remaining powdered sugar and cocoa powder is for rolling the balls in at the end. Stir the dry ingredients in each bowl until well mixed. 

When the dry ingredients are combined, and 1 T real maple syrup to each bowl. Add the coffee rum to the rum ball bowl (the one with the cocoa powder) and the vodka to the other bowl. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Then put both bowls in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes. This allows the flavors to meld and the consistency to set a bit.

When the mixtures are done refrigerating, form them into balls (mine are about an inch, but do whatever you want). Split the remaining powdered sugar into two bowls, and add the remaining cocoa powder to one bowl and stir to get chocolate powdered sugar. Roll each ball in the sugar (rum balls in the chocolate, vodka balls in the plain). Refrigerate until ready to serve, and cover tightly so they don’t dry out. 

That’s it, you’re done! I’m told they get more flavorful if they sit overnight or even for two nights. I wouldn’t know. Mmmmmm. 

I ended up with 24 balls. I probably ate at least two worth of dough while prepping, so there’s that. 

What kind of alcoholic snacks have you made? I want more snack ideas! 

    Jillian

    Bachelorette Party Gift Boxes

    Gift boxes
    My baby sister got married! She is the best ever, and her husband is pretty awesome, too. I was her maid of honor, and I threw her bachelorette party. For some reason I got super excited about doing favors for the guests, and I got a little bit out of control with trying to make them perfect. I love my sister and I wanted her to feel like she had a cool party! I don’t know. I’m nuts. Someone should take away my Mastercard. 

    I knew that I wanted more than just a favor, I wanted kind of a hangover kit (she and K made something like this for my bachelorette party). I started trying to think of ideas and doing Internet research. I still wish I had cuter containers, but I needed to reign the situation in a little and there was a good sale after Valentine’s Day. 

    This is the result of this part of the bachelorette party planning:

     disassembled gift boxes 

    What’s inside:

    From the Dollar Store-

    1. Juicy Fruit gum (4 packs for $1)- our great grandmother always had it, I couldn’t resist 
    2. Smarties (one bag for $1, and I learned that they are gluten free!)
    3. The boxes (2 for $1)
    4. A few seashells (one bag for $1)- her wedding is on the beach, so I thought this would be a fun touch!
    5. A marker for the scavenger hunt, and maybe for phone numbers? (One package for $1)
    6. Glow bracelet (8 for $1. Not pictured because they were still in their packaging)

    From Amazon-

    1. Advil packets
    2. Single use face towelettes (I got the kind for men. They were less than half the price. WHAT is up with that?!)
    3. Brightly colored bandaids (if you don’t understand why these are included, you obviously have a lot more coordination than me while drinking. And, hell, just while walking.)
    4. Mini red solo cup shot glasses
    5. Sugar free Monster energy drink

    The hair ties I made myself, one in each of her wedding colors. I bought the elastic from this shop on Etsy. Check out my post here on how to make them! I did buy cute little bags for the hair ties, but I accidentally bought them from China and they took a month to arrive. Amazingly, everyone survived without having the hair ties in bags! 

    Has anyone else made gift bags for a party? What did you put in them? I had so many ideas, but it’s way too easy to spend a ton of money when you’re making a lot of them. I got a lot of compliments on these, and the guests were using things from their boxes all night. 

    Jillian 

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