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Chocolate Rum Balls {No Bake}

Easy no bake chocolate rum balls recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. These truffles are full of Oreos, dark rum and covered in melted white chocolate. This is truly a classic, old fashioned Christmas candy!

Christmas is coming soon and with it comes all the delicious treats! This recipe is no exception. The rich flavors and delectable texture of smooth truffles is something you’ll wan to share with all your family and friends this holiday season. In fact, these also make great gifts and this easy idea to package edible gifts can help you do it well! You may also want to add in Oreo Truffles (Oreo Balls), too!

How to make easy rum balls recipe from scratch?

  1. Mix– Oreo crumbs, finely chopped walnuts, and heavy cream to make a crumbly mixture.
  2. Stir– In rum, starting with 1/4 cup and adding more, if necessary.
  3. Scoop– Out small portions and roll into small balls.
  4. Place– Them on a lined cookie tray.
  5. Chill- In freezer for about 20-30 minutes until firm.
  6. Remove– And dip each ball in melted white chocolate.
  7. Place– Them on a lined cookie tray.
  8. Drizzle– Melted semisweet chocolate on top of all the balls.
  9. Refrigerate– For 1-2 days before serving to allow flavors to deepen.
  10. Enjoy!

Traditional rum balls candy

The old fashioned version is typically made with vanilla wafer cookies or graham crackers and not Oreos. That can be done in my recipe too. Additional liquid, such as rum or heavy cream, will need to be added, though, because these cookies don’t have Oreo’s creamy center, which adds moisture. 

Can rum balls get you drunk? 

No, not likely. There is such an insignificant amount of rum in each truffle you would not get drunk unless maybe you ate all 40 of them by yourself!

Variations for rum truffles

Rum balls without rum-Replace rum with 2 tsp rum extract or vanilla extract. Obviously, you will need to mix in more heavy cream.

Heavy cream substitute– If you don’t have heavy cream, you can use evaporated milk or a mixture of milk or half-and-half and butter or yogurt.

Try other nuts– I used walnuts in this recipe, but you can also use pecans, cashews, almonds, or peanuts.

Add extracts– You can use rum, vanilla, almond, or another one of your favorite extracts to change up the flavor.

Add some bourbon– You can substitute all or just a little of the rum for bourbon, adding a new taste.

Add shredded or desiccated coconut– This is a yummy, classic choice for truffles and adds a hint of coconut flavor as well as a nice texture.

Tips and techniques for chocolate rum balls with Oreos

What type of rum to use?– Use dark, because it has a bolder flavor that will stand out more.

Do you need to dip in melted chocolate?– This is not required. You can just roll them in chocolate sprinkles, which is a classic decorating choice.

Nuts must be finely chopped- Or pulsed in food processor, otherwise the chunks will be too large and the wet to dry ratio will be changed, making for a chunky mixture that is hard to work with.

Measure properly– Because this will help to get the right texture instead of a dry or wet mixture that needs to be doctored.

Keep a close eye on the quantity of rum being used– Give it a couple of minutes to get absorbed into the dry Oreo crumbs before adding more or else you will end up with a sticky mess.

How to fix dry mixture?– Mix in some more liquid (e.g. heavy cream or rum).

How to fix wet and sticky mixture?– Mix in some more Oreo cookie crumbs.

Must chill in fridge for 24-48 hours- Because it allows the rum flavors to become more prominent and the overall flavors to really develop into a delicious treat.

Let dry crumbs to absorb the liquid– Please don’t rush on adding extra liquid without giving the rum a chance to fully get absorbed. You should finally end up with a cookie dough-like consistency that’s not too sticky and can easily be rolled into balls.

Storage

Fridge- Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Freezer- Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Thaw in fridge and enjoy.

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Chocolate Rum Balls

Prep Time: 20 mins
Chill time: 20 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Easy no bake chocolate rum balls recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. These truffles are full or Oreos, dark rum and covered in melted white chocolate.
Yield: 40 Balls

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Oreo crumbs, Use Original and not double stuffed Oreos, Pulse them in a food processor until you have fine crumbs
  • 1.5 cups Walnuts , Finely chopped or ground
  • 1-2 tbsp Heavy cream
  • 1/4-1/3 cup Dark rum
  • 3 cups Melted white chocolate, Can be replaced with semisweet chocolate too
  • 1/2 cup Melted seminisweet chocolate, For drizzling on top, Optional

Instructions 

  • In a large mixing bowl, add Oreo crumbs, finely chopped walnuts, heavy cream.
  • Mix until you have a crumbly mixture.
  • Mix in rum. Start with 1/4 cup and only add more, if necessary. It takes a few minutes for the dry crumbs to absorb the liquid. Please don't rush on adding extra liquid without giving the rum a chance to fully get absorbed. You should finally end up with a cookie dough- like consistency that's not too sticky and can easily be rolled into balls.
  • Scoop out small portions of the mixture and roll into small balls.
  • Note: if mixture is too dry and crumbly, mix in some more liquid (e.g. heavy cream or rum). If mixture is too soft and "wet", mix in some more Oreo cookie crumbs.
  • Place them on a cookie tray, lined with wax paper or parchment paper.
  • Chill in freezer for about 20-30 minutes so they become firm and easy to dip in melted chocolate.
  • Remove from freezer and dip each ball in a bowl of melted white chocolate.
  • Place them on a cookie tray, lined with wax paper or parchment paper.
  • When this white chocolate layer sets, fill a piping bag with melted semisweet chocolate and drizzle on top of all the balls.
  • Refrigerate for 1-2 days before serving because it allows the rum flavors to truly develop and deepen. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 64mg, Potassium: 74mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 10IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 143
Author: Abeer Rizvi
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