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! 


    My Weekend in Pictures 

    Bought some delicious cake flavored vodka   
    My sister made a cake for my mom’s birthday and I insisted on putting a carrot on top made of carrot shreds and a cilantro leaf

    I was sooooo tired on the drive home from my sister’s house, so I stopped at the “view point” that I’ve always been curious about but never stopped. There’s a great view of the river, and cool dam!  

    Came home and hung out with the Shibas. Kuma came over for a while and all three dogs watched over the parking lot for me. YES, that is Amelia the plant. She is still alive, but I did have to move her out to the balcony.   
    What was your favorite part of the weekend?


    My Favorite, Simple Cocktail Recipe

    Eye Candy CocktailI’m just going to say it- I love Tuaca. My partner in crime (Bunniey) and I discovered it in our early 20s, and life has been that much better since. It is a vanilla citrus liqueur, but it is brandy based and 35% alcohol. This makes it the same strength as most liquors, so beware that it is much stronger than the “liqueur” in the name implies. It’s good in pretty much anything, but this is my go to cocktail.




    Eye Candy PrepEye Candy


    • 2 ounces Tuaca (substitute Pinnacle Whipped Vodka for a lemon meringue pie taste- my second favorite)
    • 3 lemon wedges
    • ice


    Cut your lemon into eight wedges (or four if it’s a tiny lemon). Muddle three wedges. If you do not have a muddler, you can use anything to smash the juice out of the lemon. Try a wooden spoon or the handle end of another cooking utensil. If you just really don’t want to muddle, you can use lemon juice instead (about half an ounce, to taste). For the best mix of flavors, pour this into a shaker (you can leave the lemon peels in for extra flavor and more of a mojito look) with the Tuaca and ice, then shake. Pour everything into a glass and garnish with a lemon wedge. You can also stir all of the ingredients, it’s up to you.

    If this tastes too strong for you, add some lemonade or soda water.

    For a mocktail, you could try adding the muddled lemon to a vanilla cream soda, and add a dash of orange juice.