Gingerbread Rum Balls

Gingerbread Rum Balls

The Spruce / Elizabeth LaBau

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 64 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
77 Calories
3g Fat
12g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 64
Amount per serving
Calories 77
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 70mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 55mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These gingerbread rum balls are everything you love about classic rum balls, with a holiday twist!

Rum balls have long been one of my favorite candies to make and give as gifts. They keep extremely well. In fact, they seem to taste better the longer they sit! Their long shelf life means we can make them in advance and gift them to friends without worrying about the candy tasting stale, and if they don't eat them right away, they'll still be delicious later!

Classic rum balls are always in style, of course, but for holiday giving, we especially love this seasonal variation. It uses gingersnap crumbs instead of traditional vanilla wafer or graham cracker crumbs, and it's full of warming seasonal spices. We like using a spiced rum to go along with it, but you can play with the alcohol and spice amounts to get your perfect candy!

For a non-alcoholic version, try substituting orange juice for the rum. You can add a spoonful of rum flavoring to the candy if you want to mimic the taste without the alcohol!


  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, or chopped semisweet chocolate

  • 3 tablespoons dark corn syrup, or light corn syrup

  • 1/2 cup spiced rum

  • 2 1/2 cups (10 ounces) gingersnap cookies, crushed

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, divided

  • 1 cup nuts, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

  1. Place the chocolate chips or chopped chocolate, whichever you prefer, in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between heating sessions, until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

  2. Once the chocolate is melted, add the corn syrup and rum, and whisk until well-combined.

  3. Add the cookie crumbs, 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, chopped nuts, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and vanilla extract. Stir well, until everything is well-mixed. Press a layer of cling wrap on top of the rum ball mixture, and refrigerate it for at least 1 hour, until firm enough to roll.

  4. Put the remaining powdered sugar in a wide bowl. Use a small cookie scoop or a spoon to form 1-inch balls of candy. Roll them between your hands to get them round, then roll the balls in powdered sugar. (You can also roll the balls in cocoa powder, if you prefer.)

  5. Place the rum balls in an airtight container and refrigerate them to age them for several days. They can be stored for an additional 2 to 3 weeks, and many people think they are better the longer they are aged, so they are a great make-ahead treat. Store the balls in the refrigerator, and let them come to room temperature before serving.

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