Mrs. Hall’s rum balls

rum balls

My wife is a terrific baker. Every year, she makes a variety of holiday cookies, but friends and coworkers alike clamor for her rum balls. The funny thing is, delicious as they are, there’s no baking involved. Her prize-winning recipe is below (with healthy substitutes for a few ingredients in parentheses).


  • 6 oz. good quality semi-sweet chocolate
  • ½ cup sugar, plus additional sugar for coating (substitute coconut palm sugar or xylitol in the mix, and evaporated cane organic sugar for the coating)
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup (substitute slightly less than ¼ cup agave nectar)
  • 1/3 cup cognac or Grand Marnier®
  • 2½ cups finely ground vanilla wafers (substitute organic vanilla wafers with no high fructose corn syrup)
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans


  • Melt the chocolate
  • Stir in the sugar, corn syrup/agave nectar, and liquor
  • Stir in the wafer crumbs and pecans to make a paste-like mixture
  • Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls
  • Roll the rum balls in additional sugar for coating

That’s it! Store the rum balls in an air-tight container. They improve with age.