Classic rum balls

It’s that time of year again! Here’s a quick refresher rum ball recipe so you’ll be prepared for the holidays.

It’s that time of year again! Here’s a quick refresher rum ball recipe so you’ll be prepared for the holidays. They last for weeks in the freezer, so you might want to make a couple batches before Christmas.

If you’re looking to change up the recipe, you can always take roasted almonds or macadamia nuts and roll them into the balls and then dip them into melted chocolate. With so many variations, it’s no surprise this is a classic holiday recipe we all love!

Makes 30-40 balls


  • 1 packet plain sweet biscuits (Arrowroot)
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted to remove lumps
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2-3 Tablespoons rum (Bundaberg rum is our favourite!)
  • 1 cup extra coconut (for rolling finished balls in)


  1. Finely crush biscuits in a food processor (or you could put them into a zip lock bag and crush).
  2. Add cocoa power, coconut, sweetened condensed milk and rum to crushed biscuits. Combine all ingredients well (should end up with a stiff mixture).
  3. Take large teaspoons of mixture and roll into balls using your hands, then roll balls in extra coconut to coat.
  4. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet and put in freezer. Once frozen, put into a container and keep in the freezer until ready to use.



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  1. Instead of the biscuits I use a cheap woollies or coles fruit cake.

  2. Way back in 1976 i met a nursing aid at Wagga hospital . Her name was Rhonda Fleming. Very nice someone instead of.normal.Arrowroot biscuit, her recipe uses Weetbix. Really nice. Hope I could.get in touch with her again. Her daughter’s name is Alison. Good 39 years ago.

  3. Granddaughter made some the other day. Didn’t have any rum so substituted with Kahula yummy. 😋

  4. Kaytee  

    I use Kahlua or Tia Maria instead of Rum. Try it with different liquors. Yum

  5. Always made these every Christmas but used Madeira cake and finely chopped up glacé fruit, I made hundreds of the little blighters. Very very nice would believe non fattening? Thought not.

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