I am assuming you haven’t put on the sprinkles yet. I am not sure the origin of rum balls, but I know they are popular in European countries. It is definitely an intoxicating little bite of decadence, isn’t it? Valerie. They store beautifully in an airtight container in fridge or freezer for several months. Making rum balls is all about mixing the flavorful ingredients into a pool of melted chocolate. The other ingredients are exactly the same and in the same quantities. Where do you get almond paste? Not sure where they got it. I live in a small northern Alberta town and I have limited selection for baking ingredients. How long do these stay fresh? Cheers, Rose… and I am still scratching my head. Using a teaspoon, scoop out balls from the processor, roll them gently with your hands into irregular-shaped balls, and drop them into a bowl of powdered sugar. Sophistication and worldliness? The chocolate sprinkles are not artifically flavoured, either. Was it a way of acknowledging cultural difference? The invention of Danish Rum Balls (Romkugler) Rum balls were originally invented by the Danish bakers who had a returning problem at the end of each day when they were about … You will see, by others comments, that these are a hit! Valerie. 🙂 Pondering the cake’s heritage and wondering where it sits in the Australian culinary landscape. Rarely does someone come back and tell me that the recipe worked and they love it, so I am so appreciative. 🙂 Over the years, I have made it very much the same, but there have been a few tweaks I have added back into the recipe over time. Depending upon the size of your batch, one to two hours, until the mixture feels cold to touch and can be formed into a ball. Valerie. Hi! This makes 250 balls. Valerie, PS: My best bet, Rose, is that it may have come from the side of the ‘Nilla Wafer biscuits once upon a time – which would explain the essence of it being across the country. Give it a go, but maybe 1/4 or 1/2 batch? In a few words, they are small brioche-like cakes swimming in a rum-spiked citrus syrup. 🙂 Just a quick question, is the chocolate used milk chocolate or dark chocolate? 8 c (3 boxes) vanilla wafers finely crushed (2L), Combine melted chocolate, sour cream, paste, and salt, In a separate bowl, combine wafers with all remaining ingredients, except the chocolate sprinkles; mix well until dough holds its shape, Add chocolate mixture and knead with hands until well blended, and soft; refrigerate, Form into balls, and roll in chocolate sprinkles; store in an air tight container in paper candy cups, or freeze until needed. Shortbread like my grandma mad, Holiday Traditions! I make the full batch and always run out! My gal pal, Rae, gave me her family recipe and then we added the marzipan to it and doctored it up quite a bit with a little more of this and a little less of that. Let cool completely and then chop the nuts finely with a knife or place the nuts in your food processor and pulse until finely chopped. My mother in law’s rum ball recipe is exactly the same as yours, except she uses 2/3 c of coconut, not cocoa. Then, one fall, not so many years ago, I went to Red Deer to do some serious Christmas cookie baking with a childhood friend, Rae. Hmmm. I don’t remember what type of chocolate I used and the receipt doesn’t say. Rum balls are truffle-like confectionery cookie butter flavored with cacao, chocolate and rum. ( Log Out /  :)Valerie. Perfect served as an edible gift, afternoon snack or a light dessert. Shortbread Cookies! Rum flavor comes through nicely in these traditional, no-bake rum balls. (IF you allow a little bit of alcohol in your diet here and there, obviously). Rum balls are actually a classic German holiday treat – Lisa really likes them but so does Eric’s mom (true story). Your recipe finally made it happen! Austrian Rum Balls Rumkugeln in German Dec 08 2019 These Austrian Rumballs, or in German, “Rumkugeln” are almost mandatory for Christmas but, in our opinion, they taste awesome throughout the year. YOu can get it delivered from Amazon and it stores in the freezer like nuts do. I’d love to make them for Valentines but I also make a lot of other things. Somewhere between the madeiras and shortbreads of England and the tortes of central Europe, perhaps? Because they aren’t baked, the alcoholic kick remains. Caramel Sauce with Brown Suga, Holiday traditions Hey Lauren, If necessary, slowly add more rum to the food processor until the mixture comes together and forms a mass around the blade or holds together when you pinch it. I used a good quality dark chocolate for the dough but couldn’t find real chocolate sprinkles so I grated a really good high quality milk chocolate to roll the balls in. Rum Balls are made with vanilla cookie crumbs, pecans, cocoa, confectioners’ sugar, and spiced rum. Her father died the year before, and he and her mother had been making the family Christmas cookies for years. A rum's quality is dependent on the quality and variety of the sugar cane that was used to create it. A wonderful new family tradition…THANK YOU! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Melt 1/2 cup chocolate with a teaspoon of coconut oil (optional). Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Absolutely, Michelle! Nothing is more frustrating than following a recipe and having it not turn out. Do you store them in the frig or leave in an airtight container for a few weeks? It’s your job to see that he has plenty of bottle openers … and clean glasses, and to remove empty glasses unobtrusively for washing.’. They are small and not too sweet to suit a picky eater, yet plentiful and tasty for those with a sweet tooth. Try to use finely shredded coconut flakes, so they stick easier to the rum balls. Honestly, so many others have made this recipe without an issue that my thoughts go two ways: either you measured something wrong and didn’t realize it, or your room temperature is really warm. Change ). You are likely more familiar cooking dairy free than I am. Thanks for sharing! And that was enough chocolate for our house. I’d like to do the chocolate salami some time soon too! I’m sure that will help. Rum Balls can be made in advance . Using a 1-inch sorbet scoop or melon baller, scoop out balls of chocolate-rum mixture and transfer each to the plate lined with plastic wrap. I sometimes hammer small batches in a ziplock with my meat tenderizer. They’re a truffle-like confection made from leftover cake, sometimes with a few stale biscuits thrown into the mix, which is crumbled up with melted dark chocolate and rum, rolled into balls, and coated with sprinkles or cocoa. Substitute 1/4 cup brandy for the rum. Thans! Learn how your comment data is processed. Schweddy Nut Rum Balls Cavegirl Cuisine raw honey, ground allspice, rum extract, dark chocolate, unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 more Chocolate & Rum Balls OperationCookingCooking Project 2017: Cooking in the Kitchen With… PARTICIPATE, Project 2017: Cooking in the Kitchen with….Schedule. A Christmas cookie plate is even better when it includes a few homemade candies, and this recipe for Rum Balls from the Southern Living archives is one you’ll turn to year after year. That is one darn good kickin’ chewy chocolatey cookie! Is it OK to use Captain Morgans spiced rum instead of white rum? Rum balls have been around Christmas goodie plates for many, many years… in the day of the Christmas goodie plate. Rumballs Name Meaning Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). 🙂 Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. 🙂 [Read More …], Project 2019: Valerie’s Personal Evolv Health Story. Rum Balls always appear at Christmas in Australia. Roll by rounded teaspoonfuls (5 mL) into balls, moistening and wiping hands with damp cloth as needed. I was not convinced. This is a great recipe, but it makes a TON! It makes a big difference. Let me know what you decide to do, and if you make them, would love to hear about it! I am just wondering…. Casali Original Rum - Kokos - Value Pack of 2 X 300 g. 4.2 out of … Icing sugar is also known as powdered sugar. Love to hear these stories. There are so many different rum ball recipes out there I wasn't sure which to try! Whisk in the butter pieces. I am concerned that they won’t keep their shape if they come to room temp, but boy do they taste good! 0utskirts of London They are no-bake, entirely paleo, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free! Rum balls make a delicious dessert, that suits the palates of old and young alike. Filed Under: Cookies, Bars and Squares, Sweets and Treats, Winter Tagged With: Chocolate, Christmas, Rum. V. Excellent recipe, thanks for sharing. Rum Balls are a beautiful Holiday cookie and the best part is you don’t even turn your oven on!This simple, tasty, and spiked cookie is fun to make and even better to eat.They even get better as time goes on, so make them days before the Holidays or Christmas and have this treat ready for your sweet needs. brand new Gramsy, so be prepared to hear a lot about this new role in her life! 🙂 Sub the rum out for bourbon to make Bourbon Balls! I wonder why the chocolate/paste/sour cream/salt mixture is blended and added separately? To store: Rum balls can be stored at room temperature, covered, for up to 2 weeks. V, Thanks for the awesome recipe. Hi Beth, For a clever, amusing way to show off these favorites, place individual balls in shot glasses—or put more in champagne or martini glasses. $16.98 $ 16. Hope this helps! An exquisite pleasure had invaded my senses, something isolated, detached, with no suggestion of its origin. Just a thought. Pineapple upside-down cake—the backstory. Hi, Use a toothpick to dip the balls in the chocolate, tap the excess off and then allow to set on a sheet of parchment paper. Not easy to make – don’t over-bake – but SO worth it. Remembering not only my mother gazing wistfully into that bakery window, but also Flury’s, Kolkata’s iconic tea-room—scene of another rum ball indulgence. The batch is huge, so beware. Would love to see that DELICIOUS comment for the Latvian Bacon Buns under that post as it builds confidence in my readers when others share a positive experience making the recipe. It will change the flavour, but still be delicious. I had never eaten a rum ball that I liked. Rum balls are quick and easy to make and have the ‘no cooking’ advantage. Sue, I’ve got a backlog of notes so this year I’m going to try and post a bit more frequently than I did in 2019, Noëlle. This recipe is a family one that my Grandma used to make. In similar recipes I have used the food processor. Usually almond paste has more sugar than marzipan, but not a significant amount to change the recipe. 🙂 Punch Studio book boxes — I can’t find a source for these. To my nine-year-old self, rum balls were part of the grown-up taste-sphere, along with liqueur chocolates and prawn cocktails. The Italian Center Shops sell it in Edmonton. You want crumbs. I am so happy to hear that one of my favourite recipes has made it onto your goodie plate and become a family tradition at your house. Any kind of vanilla wafer will do. If you have a local Dutch or German grocer, they will most likely have real chocolate sprinkles and if making the big batch, you may well want to order some online for next year. Makes 18 servings, 2 rum balls each. Let me know how it goes! Not at all, Bob… have you tried this? Rum Balls are the perfect holiday cookie with a zing of spice. One of theirs was these Rum Balls! February 23, 2020 The rum-soaked babà is just as much of a Neapolitan icon as the city’s pizza. I’m in Austin, TX and it’s over 70 deg F today!! HI, Marcie 4.2 out of 5 stars 653. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The rum ball, as its common British name of ‘rum truffle’ suggests, is a small cake that leans towards the chocolate box. Hugs, Merry Christmas! HEY! Thank you for posting! Valerie, A bit of researching uncovered references to Danish Rum Balls and German Rum Balls. It gives the flavors a chance to blend and mellow. Happy Holidays! A rum ball was the closest thing circa 1969 in Potters Bar— Proust is boring, but his cakes are memorable. Perhaps it’s our penchant for all things alcohol, or maybe they’re a relic from our rich history of European migrants. These sweet and fragrant rum-infused treats rolled in toasted coconut are a part of annual traditions that signal the coming of the season. Thanks. Chocolate Rum Ball receipt. Then we made them, tasted, adjusted the recipe and wrote as we went. Valerie. 🙂 Happy Holidays! All work on Eat The Table is copyright Noëlle Janaczewska, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020. You can buy it at almost any major supermarket now, and certainly any Italian grocer. Maybe that’s why they often appeared in those ‘How to Hostess a Party’ articles of the 1950s and 60s. I’ve been making them for 30 years. Valerie. Stir in 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the rum and vanilla until solid moist mass; press together. Prepare recipe as directed, substituting 3 chopped Swiss dark chocolate nougat bars (3.52 oz. Valerie. Rum Balls Recipe (Do not double. There are so many rum ball variations. I can’t wait to try this but I need to make sure I’m buying the correct ingredients. Learn how your comment data is processed. Put the pecans on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 minutes, or until lightly browned and fragrant. Educator, Writer, Gardener and Traveler who believes in buying and eating locally, and most importantly cooking at home! Oh, and to top it off, I passed a few around the office and others have picked up the recipe also! 2. First melt some chocolate in the microwave. That is why we food bloggers do what we do! I love the taste and I’m worried that if I add more wafers they won’t have that amazing rum flavor! I do wonder about the origin of the rum ball itself, though! Pour remaining rum … Rum balls are pretty similar to turtle cookie balls or peppermint oreo cookie balls – just…boozier. It’s been tweaked over the years, so really odd as this is my own, authentic, personal experience with this recipe. I’m going to take your suggestion and add more dark chocolate. These healthy chocolate rum balls are quick & easy to make. I’m blown away by your comment, Rose! Marcel’s madeleine is famous. This was a recipe that Rae and Deb had tested the year prior and added to their “keeper” list. Who doesn’t love a good B, Holiday Traditions You have no idea how much I appreciate your feedback on this recipe as it adds credibility to it for others reading it. These bad little bites are the perfect contrast to the white tender butter-flake cookies on my tray. Please connect with Valerie to buy a Thermomix Machine! Substitute 1/4 cup bourbon for the rum. They will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for 7-10 days. A sudden flashback of my mother standing outside a bakery in Potters Bar looking for something she’d never find. streets of— They are deadly and there is enough in the recipe to feed an army! Mom's Tra. Rum balls are the quintessential Christmas treat. Valerie. Valerie. And the cocoa should be unsweetened cocoa powder? Yes, you can substitute almond paste for marzipan. Let me know what you end up doing and how it goes! How to Make Rum Balls. But, I had never made them because I always made truffles. Made your Latvian bacon buns – delicious! Low Carb Rum Balls - 12 Pack - Only 1 Net Carb Per Ball - Best Tasting Diet Product Ever! The three of us then made them together and Rae suggested adding the marzipan which was brilliant. I made a half batch of these last year and they were a huge hit! What are rum balls? It comes from Romania and it is a classic, old recipe, a recipe most Europeans would make. My mom always made rum balls but I didn’t have her recipe. Shezam! Within the Caribbean, much of this molasses is from Brazil. Let me know if you have any ideas thank you! Sincerely appreciate that you took the time to comment and am just tickled that you enjoyed the rum balls! Rum balls have been around Christmas goodie plates for many, many years… in the day of the Christmas goodie plate. Happy Holidays! I get rave reviews from everyone (and I give away a lot of trays). The rum ball, as its common British name of ‘rum truffle’ suggests, is a small cake that leans towards the chocolate box. Valerie’s Freezer Raspberry Jam: I am going to be Gramsy! Not anything too significant; more for my own frame of reference than anyone else’s. I am pretty sure if you asked a local bakery if you could buy some from them, they would have it at this time of year. So good! Rum Balls: To toast nuts: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Coconut Rum Balls. ( Log Out /  RMC, thrilled to hear this. In a medium bowl, combine the 2 types of chocolate and melt over a double boiler. Making this tomorrow to sit in the freezer for a week to get strong! Lebkuc, Holiday Traditions! Rum balls are not anything new and exciting, but they are a classic Christmas or holiday cookie for a reason. These can be chocolate-dipped rum balls quite easily. That does make a difference. I recommend making them at least a day or two in advance. I love marzipan and can’t wait to try this recipe. (Or in a metal bowl over a pot of simmering water.) Place the plate with chocolate balls in freezer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until firm enough to roll. Oh, dear, Beth! It adds a lovely little surprise inside and there is nothing close that you could substitute. My husband loves them. Each is moist and chewy, they last a very long time (if no one knows where to find them) and they just get better with age. Love them!!!! Is it powdered sugar or a fine grain sugar? It read gimmicky. German Lebkuchen Bars 😉 Post was not sent - check your email addresses! HI Kim – I do use a processor – but do not blend until fine – it can be tough to get a coarser consistency and that is what you are looking for. Hi Lou, Many rum balls contain cocoa, but this one does not. Gooey Hot Chocolate Cookies: Ragan Rodgers’ Cookidoo Recipe, Chocolate Bottomed Coconut Macaroon Cookies 2016, Thermomix Christmas Stollen: Mom’s Famous Recipe, Alberta Beef: Know-Your-Farmer Garlic Stuffed Prime Rib Roast Beef, Homemade Nuts and Bolts: old recipe from “on the side of the cereal box”. I am going to check Amazon then. The batch will yield enough for your entire community, however. I thought I clicked on the marzipan bars. Thanks for a new family cookie tradition…can’t wait for x’mas to hear the comments, Mimom! Most rum is produced from molasses, which is made from sugarcane. Is there anything I could substitute for the sour cream? Let me know how they turn out! Thrilled to hear you enjoyed the recipe! 🙂 As well as mocha rum balls, recommended recipes included an awful lot of dishes made with packet soups, and advice like this: ‘If you don’t hire help for the occasion try to make sure you and your husband (or co-host friend) are not both out of the room at the same time.’, ‘Discuss the menu with your husband or a man friend and let him select and order drinks and serve them during the party. So, this year, she and her sister, Deb, came up from Calgary, and I from Edmonton. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. From my friend Rae and her sister Debbie, originally. To gift rum balls, simply find a festive gift box, load with small, paper liners, and load with your delicious, boozy, rum balls. Half of this recipe is plenty.). My, Holiday Tradition! What I should say… just like mum’s recipe! ( Log Out /  This is from 1955, from Maria Kozslik Donovan’s introduction to Continental Cookery in Australia: ‘I hope that this book will be regarded, not as another fancy cookery book destined for the gourmet or the collector, but as a good, down-to-earth companion for the Australian housewife … Most European countries are poor compared with America and Australia; consequently there is more imagination than money used in their cooking.’. In a large bowl combine wafer crumbs, 1 cup confectioners' sugar, walnuts, rum, corn syrup, butter and knead together. Valerie. Some eschew the rum to make a suitable-for-children adaptation. The flavor actually gets better with time. -hic- These should be – hic- served in a -hic-glass! Use what your palate enjoys… or as all of us do, what you have on hand that will work. No I haven’t rolled them in sprinkles yet and yes, it’s warm! Valerie. Rum balls may be popular in Britain, but they’re also traditional fare in Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and elsewhere. By far and away the best-known portion of his seven-volume novel À la Recherche du Temps Perdu (In Search of Lost Time). The narrator/author tastes a petite madeleine steeped in lime-blossom tea and, ‘No sooner had the warm liquid mixed with the crumbs touched my palate than a shiver ran through me and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary thing that was happening to me. We each had our cars laden with treasured ingredients, secret family recipes, and newly researched recipes. I am SO happy to hear this! I found this recipe on your website two Christmases ago; it has replaced several things on my cookie tray! Don’t eat rum balls, and drive! I never liked his mother’s so I didn’t know what the big deal was all about. Very engaging piece, how do I follow you? Valerie. Step 4 Shape into 1-inch balls, and roll in sanding sugar to coat. 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