Coconut Rum Balls

Rum balls have been a holiday tradition for many families. I don’t really like sweetened condensed milk, but coconut rum balls are my sister’s favorite holiday treat.  They are so easy to make that the kids can help. No baking is required.  Today’s recipe is the traditional recipe plus coconut.  You can make the treats with classic vanilla wafers or a plain chocolate cookie.  Crush the cookies in a ziplock plastic bag with a rolling pin or pulse in a food processor. Add cocount, condensed milk, and a little rum.  Placing the dough in the refrigerator for 4 hours help the flavors meld and decreases the dough stickiness.  Make the dough into balls and roll in coconut, crushed nuts, or confectioner’s sugar. I recommend making these ahead of time and placing the treats in the refrigerator for several days to enhance the flavor.


Coconut Rum Balls

An easy no-bake Christmas cookie made from crushed cookies, sweetened condensed milk, coconut, nuts, and rum.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword coconut rum balls, cookies, holiday cookies, rum, rum balls
Servings 96 rum balls


  • 12 oz package vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 1 1/3 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup finely chopped nuts (pecans, almonds, or walnuts)
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 1 cup coconut flakes


  • In large bowl mix crushed cookies, 1 1/3 cups coconut, and nuts
  • Stir in sweetened condensed milk and rum
  • Mix well
  • Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours
  • Roll dough into 1 inch balls
  • Roll rum balls in last cup of coconut flakes
  • Store rum balls in tightly covered container in refrigerator for 2 days for best taste.


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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

10 thoughts to “Coconut Rum Balls”

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever tried anything like this but they sound delicious. I bet they would make lovely treats for guests too (if we were allowed any!) I really want to try them now.

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