Smoked Orange Rum Balls Recipe

It's time to deck the balls

With holiday parties trickling in, we've got the easy no-bake cookie recipe sure to please: smoked orange rum balls. These boozy treats are packed with spiced rum, pecans, walnuts, orange zest and smoked sea salt for a chewy sweet that's quite addictive. Just be careful not to overindulge, or you'll start feeling more than a sugar high.

The orange and smoked salt play perfectly off the spiced rum; however, you can adjust the flavors to your liking. Other citrus zests, like grapefruit or Meyer lemon, would work well. And instead of smoked salt, you can swap in 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and ½ teaspoon of the spice of your choice, such as ground cinnamon or cardamom.

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Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Smoked Orange Rum Balls
4.8 from 42 ratings
Smoked sea salt and orange zest add the perfect twist in these classic rum balls for the no-bake cookie recipe you need this holiday season.
Prep Time
Cook Time
dozen balls
Total time: 10 minutes
  • 2 cups (9 ounces) finely crushed vanilla wafer cookies
  • ¾ cup pecans, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1½ cups confectioners’ sugar, plus more for coating
  • ¼ cup dark spiced rum
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1½ teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon smoked salt
  1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined. Scoop 1-tablespoon-sized pieces of dough and, using your hands, roll into balls. Then roll the balls in a small bowl of confectioners' sugar to coat, shaking off any excess; transfer to a platter and serve.
Calories per Serving 94
Total Fat 4.5 g
Saturated Fat 0.7 g
Trans Fat 0.0
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 12.7 g
Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
Total Sugars 6.9 g
Sodium 48.6 mg
Protein 0.9 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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