Last year, I made a Chocolate Boozy Cake for the holidays, which I recently posted on my Instagram and the cravings made me want to make another dessert! If you ask me, I think Christmas isn't complete without anything.

But let's face it, winter also makes you lazy and you have to relax with a hot cup of coffee and a good movie. So today we're making no-fuss Rum Christmas Baubles, which are super easy, delicious and will get your holiday season started!

What is a RUM BALL?

I am sure that now you know about truffles and you love them! Rum Balls are truffle-like cakes made of chocolate and rum. They are about the size of a golf ball and are often coated in chocolate chips, coconut or cocoa. As their name suggests, these cookies contain rum. Because it is not cooked, the flavor and spice of the wine is not lost during preparation. This cookie is especially popular during the holidays. Rum balls are a popular Christmas treat all over the world. There are many different ways to prepare rum balls, as recipes vary from region to region and family to family. All rum balls must contain chocolate and rum, but other ingredients vary in style, shape and size.

To make rum balls, the cake is pounded and mixed with fat, cocoa, and a liquid, such as jam or milk. Other optional ingredients can be added, such as nuts. When the mixture is well combined, it is rolled into a ball and covered.

INGREDIENTS FOR CHRISTMAS RUM BALLS

• Leftover cake - For these rum balls I have some chocolate cake in my fridge that I will use but you can use any cake you like and if you don't have it at home you can get any dry cake on hand you. Even Britannia cake works.

• Powdered sugar - Make sure you use only powdered sugar and not powdered / granulated sugar for these rum balls. We don't want our rum balls to be grainy!

• Pecans and Pistachios - I love the flavor of pecans and pistachios in these rum balls. And you can use any dried fruit you want for these rum balls. I would definitely recommend using walnuts if you have a bitter taste for nuts!

• Honey - a good honey/golden syrup helps the rum balls to stick together and everything comes together well.

• Vanilla Essence - My Sprig Vanilla Extract is my elixir when it comes to baking and I can't tell you how much vanilla enhances the flavor of these rum balls! So, go ahead and add the amount of vanilla to prepare them.

• Rum - Finally, the star ingredient of Rum Christmas baubles! I love the flavor of rum when combined with cake, nothing says Christmas better than boozy desserts. And if you don't want to make these balls in wine, I give you an option in the article below!

TIPS FOR MAKING CHRISTMAS RUM BALLS

Making these beautiful Christmas rum balls is easy but here are a few tips that will help you get through the whole process in a jiffy!

If you end up adding a lot of liquid or your dough is soft, you can add any dry ingredients of your choice or even add a little cake to make sure your dough holds together.

I recommend using dry cake instead of frosting because the frosting of the cake will soften your mixture. And if you only have one iced cake at home, be sure to use only the cake layer of that cake for your rum balls.

Chill your rum batter in the fridge for a while so it has time to dry out in the fridge. This will make your conversion process much easier.

Dark rum is the best choice for this recipe because it enhances the flavor of these balls.

GIFTING IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS RUM BALLS

These Christmas balls make the perfect gift for your friends and family this holiday season. You can collect cute gift boxes around your home, put parchment paper on them, and use them as gifts! You can also serve these rum balls in a large glass and add a cute Christmas decoration! A little work can go a long way and I'm sure the recipient will thank you for all the hard work you've put in. So, go ahead and spread a little joy this holiday season.

HOW TO MAKE THESE BALLS NON-ALCOHOLIC?

If you do not want alcohol in your desserts or you are not a big fan of its taste in general, do not worry because I have three different and beautiful recipes for you. You can make Oreo Truffles, Fudge Balls, or Decadent Chocolate Truffles.

And if you're looking for a better Christmas treat, I recently posted a recipe for Eggless Plum Cake on my YouTube channel. Check this out.