Thursday, December 17, 2015

Chocolate Rum Balls

Rum balls are not only delicious, they can make a great gift for family and friends. Wrap them in clear bags, put them in jars or tins or boxes tied with a ribbon and they become a delightful surprise.  I put them in mini papers and then in a small box with a bright red ribbon at Christmas and they are always a hit. They are so easy to make and you don't need an oven for these no bake goodies! 
Chocolate Rum Balls
1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans 
1 1/4 cups crushed vanilla wafer cookies
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 cup rum

8 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
4 tablespoons butter
1 oz melted white chocolate
In a large bowl, mix together nuts, cookies, sugar and cocoa. Add in corn syrup and rum and mix until everything sticks together. Cover and refrigerate for about 2 hours.  Once chilled, make 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 

Place 4 ounces of chocolate and 2 tablespoons of butter in a heat proof bowl. Over a pot of simmering water, stir until melted. Pour into shallow bowl and dip balls into chocolate. Place back on cookie sheet. Then, they go back into the refrigerator until chocolate is set. 
Once they are set I like to melt some milk chocolate and drizzle over some of the balls and some white chocolate on the others.  But you can also roll the balls in cocoa powder, powdered sugar, coconut, chocolate jimmies, etc.

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