Steph's Rum Balls
Christmas family recipes

Makes approximately 50

This is a Christmas must-have in our household. My husband's family tradition dictates that they are not opened until Christmas Eve, along with the fruit cake and a large box of Roses chocolates. A great way to while away the hours in front of the televised Christmas carols (our singing and organisational skills currently don't extend to family concerts) before Santa visits.

  • 1 packet Marie biscuits
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 200g can condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 120g Kremelta, melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 teaspoons rum
  • Extra coconut for coating

Use a food processor to crumble half the biscuits, pour into a large mixing bowl and repeat with remaining biscuits. Add coconut, condensed milk, cocoa, copha, vanilla and rum to the biscuits and mix well. Roll one heaped teaspoonful of mixture into a ball and roll in extra coconut. Store in the fridge.


  • If your kids like getting their hands dirty (my son prefers to supervise), they will love helping you roll the balls and throwing coconut around the kitchen.
  • When I didn't own a food processor (struggling Uni student days), I crushed the biscuits by putting them in a freezer bag (two, depending on the quality of said plastic bag) and crushing them with a rolling pin. Also very therapeutic.
  • I usually survive a batch by scraping the thin layer of rum ball off my hands half way through the rolling!
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