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Rum Balls with Pecans

Rum balls with pecans are the ultimate holiday candy! Sweet, nutty, and a hint of spirit, these treats are the perfect gift or addition to a cookie table at your holiday party.

Pecan Rum Balls on a serving platter

Pecan Rum Balls

Have you ever had rum balls? How about bourbon balls?

They are practically the same thing just different in spirit!

Rum balls have always had a place on our Christmas cookie table and I couldn’t wait to share my family’s recipe with you.

This traditional holiday candy is a staple for us and will become one for you too. Perfect for cookie exchanges, giving as a gift for neighbors and coworkers, you might have to make more than one batch at at time!

Make these or my Avalanche Cookies for fun edible gifts!

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Ingredients Needed

Powdered Sugar – Be sure to sift it before measuring.

Butter – Always use unsalted butter for best flavor.

Pecans – I like to use toasted pecans to bring out extra nutty flavor.

Lemon Juice – Fresh is best and it brings a brightness to the rum balls.

Rum – Use your favorite brand! Substitute water if you want to make these for kids of all ages.

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How to Make No Bake Rum Balls

ONE: Mix together the rum and lemon juice and set aside. Mix together the butter and confectioners sugar in a large bowl.

TWO: Pour the rum and lemon juice mixture in the powdered sugar/butter mix. Stir until combined. Fold in the pecans.

THREE: Roll into balls about 1 inch in diameter. I like to use an ice cream scoop so they are all the same size and it keeps my hands clean.

FOUR: Roll in sprinkles if desired. Place in the refrigerator and let chill for 1 hour. Enjoy!

I wouldn’t make the rum balls more than one inch balls in size. They are potent and rich and will overwhelm your senses quickly!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Sprinkles make these Pecan Rum Balls festive!

Can I make rum balls without vanilla wafers?

This is the perfect recipe for that!  Of course, it makes them a little more potent:)

Can rum balls get you drunk?

Rum balls are made with actual rum and are considered alcoholic so please enjoy responsibly.

What can I use instead of rum?

If you don’t want to use rum, feel free to use another spirit or water for that matter. It will take all the fun out of them being rum balls though.

Why are my rum balls dry?

If your rum balls come out dry or are hard to shape, add a little more butter or rum and stir the mixture again. Keep adding 1 tablespoon at a time until the batter is the right consistency.

Pecan Rum Balls are prefect for the cookie exchange!  Rum Balls in mini cupcake liners

What is the best rum for rum balls?

I like to use white rum, but you can use flavored rum, spiced rum, or your favorite dark rum.

What do you roll rum balls in?

  • rainbow sprinkles
  • chocolate sprinkles
  • powdered sugar
  • cocoa powder
  • chopped nuts
  • wafer crumbs

How to Store Rum Balls

Because of the butter, you should store them in the refrigerator. They will last for two weeks if kept in an air tight container.

Can I freeze them?

Yes, you can freeze them for up to a month in an airtight container.

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In less than 5 minutes you have the best rum balls ready to go!

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Pecan Rum Balls - Jingle Bell Rum Balls

Yield: 50
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Creamy and Boozy Pecan Rum Balls are the perfect sweet treat for the holidays.


  • 2 pounds powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter
  • 1 tablespoon +1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup rum
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Mix together the rum and lemon juice. Set aside.
  2. Mix together the butter and powdered sugar.
  3. Pour the rum and lemon juice mixture in the powdered sugar/butter mix.
  4. Stir until combined. Fold in the pecans.
  5. Shape into 1-inch balls. 
  6. I like to use an ice cream scoop so they are all the same size.
  7. Roll in sprinkles if desired.
  8. Place in the refrigerator and let chill for 1 hour.
  9. Enjoy!


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 50 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 114Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 18gProtein: 0g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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My Children never miss the delicious item. Natural sugar is good to prepare the recipe.

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