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Little Drummer Boy's 'rum pum pum pum' Toasted Pecan Rum Balls That Bring On The Jolly. 

Toasted Pecan Rum Balls

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Course: Recipes
Cuisine: cookie
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 dozen rum balls
Author: dana vento


  • 1 1/4 C Pecan Pieces toasted cooled, then ground
  • 1 1/4 CUP Nilla Wafers Ground Not Chopped Into fine crumbs no subbing brands or taste will differ
  • 4 Tablespoons of Dutch Cocoa Powder or you can use Hot COCOA Packets to get 3 TBSP
  • Confectioner's Sugar 1 Cup_
  • 2 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup
  • Zest of an orange optional but oh so yummy! (1 Tbsp maximum )
  • 1/4 C Rum


  • Preheat your oven to 350° F
  • Line a small tray or oven-safe container with your unroasted pecans.
  • Once the oven is ready, place your pecans in and watch them carefully for up to 7 minutes.
  • They will burn so don't over cook.
  • I suggest using a middle rack.
  • Once toasted remove it from the oven and turn it off!
  • Allow them to cool and then go ahead and chop them in a food processor, not to a powder but into smaller pieces.
  • Next, grind your cookies in the food processor to a powdery-like consistency
  • Add those to your bowl.
  • Now toss in the nuts,.
  • Then add in the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and syrup.
  • Mix to combine very well, make sure to mix from the bottom to ensure all ingredients are getting mixed in.
  • Now it's time to add the rum, oh yum!
    mixture for rum balls
  • Also if you are going to add orange zest this is when to do it.
  • The batter will be sticky and that is right!
  • If you don't think your batter will ROLL right now, refrigerate it for up to 4 hours.
  • However, if it will roll (and it usually does), roll those balls out now.
  • I use my cookie scoop and ball them one by one.
    Rum Ball Rolled
  • Then after all the balls are rolled, I go ahead and roll them through the confectioner's sugar.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks (I always store these at below 45 degrees and generally in the refrigerator.
  • Enjoy! ~ Dana
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