Caribbean Rum Balls: A Quick and Easy Cookie Recipe


Rum Balls are an excellent treat to bring to your next holiday party or cookie swap.  Full of Rum and chocolate-y goodness, these decadent treats almost have a truffle feel to them and are sure to wow your guests.  They are a favorite down here in the Caribbean – after all, the rum is flowing and we like to incorporate it into anything we can!

This is an extremely easy recipe – no baking is involved!  Also, there are many ways to change out ingredients and make various substitutions and variations to make this recipe all your own.


1 cup walnuts

½ cup semi-sweet chocolate

½ cup powdered sugar

1/3 cup dark rum

2 ½ cups chocolate wafers

1 ¼ cups powdered sugar

4 tablespoons cocoa powder

½ teaspoon vanilla extract


Possible Substitutions:

Chocolate Wafers: Vanilla Wafers or Graham Crackers

Chocolate: Mint Chocolate

Dark Rum: any rum! Consider a spiced or a flavored rum

Walnuts: Pecans or Macadamias

Garnish of Sugar and Cocoa: Coconut, Sprinkles, Toasted Coconut, etc.



In a food processor, combine walnuts, wafers, chocolate, and 1 cup of the powdered sugar.  Pulse until well-blended.

Add rum and vanilla extract until a soft dough forms.  Combine the remaining powdered sugar and cocoa powder (or coconut) and roll the dough into one inch balls and roll in the micture.

Place the balls in a container for 24 hours and then roll them again.  Store in the refrigerator.


Pair this decadent treat with some authentic gourmet Puerto Rican coffee for a sweet ending to any meal. Click here to shop for authentic Puerto Rican coffee today.

Captain Tim
Captain Tim

Captain Tim is the founder of Caribbean Trading Company in Puerto Rico. Many years ago Captain Tim was a normal everyday guy who decided to do what so many people only dream about. He moved to the Caribbean. Traveling throughout the islands, he has the joy of sharing this lifestyle and its flavors with the world.

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