5 Ingredient Rum Balls

20 servings
30 min

Rum balls are essential for every Christmas celebration! They are a favourite festive treat and easy to make!

That’s why you will love this simple rum balls recipe! It has just 5 ingredients!


This simple rum balls recipe is essentially foolproof!

Although to be honest, the bulk of what we often make to keep them kid-friendly, are non-alcoholic rum balls… so I guess that just makes those ones 4 ingredient balls! HA!

But for the purpose of this recipe, I am sharing my mum’s rum balls recipe using crushed biscuits and condensed milk.

How to Make Rum Balls

There are so many rum ball variations. Some use crushed Weetbix, some use sultanas, or dip them in chocolate.

I much prefer my 5 ingredient recipe, which was a traditional Rum ball recipe and family favourite growing up, just like my easy chocolate slice recipe.

If you don’t have a food processor, you can add a few at a time to a ziplock bag and smash them with a rolling pin or mallet.

This takes a little longer but it’s pretty easy and means no grinder to clean. I still do this usually, even though I have a food processor. It’s a simple step the kids will enjoy helping with too.

If you don’t love rum, or if you are either pregnant or sharing with kids, you can definitely skip the rum completely as they still taste amazing without it. This means they make a great lunch box treat too and not just a Christmas only speciality!

FAQs & Tips

What is the best rum to use in rum balls?

A sweet rum works well for rum balls. We typically use dark rum such as Australian Bundaberg Rum, however, these rum balls taste great with other brands as well. If it has a stronger flavour, you may need a little less.

What Can I Use Instead of rum in rum Balls?

You can substitute rum for whisky or bourbon, depending on your taste preference. Or for non-alcoholic rum balls, you can leave the rum out of your recipe, or substitute it with vanilla essence.

Do Rum Balls Need To Be Refrigerated?

Rum balls can be stored in an airtight container in a cool area, such as inside the pantry. However, if you live in a warmer climate or have a warm home, a container in the refrigerator will help ensure your rum balls stay together without crumbling.

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Recipe details
  • 20  servings
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 1 pack of sweet biscuits E.g. Arnott’s Arrowroot, Nice, etc
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 cup shredded coconut plus extra for rolling
  • 300g condensed milk
  • 2-3 Tablespoons rum

Grind up the biscuits using a food processor into crumbs. If you don’t have a food processor, you can add a few at a time to a sandwich bag and crush with a rolling pin or mallet.
Add dry ingredients and biscuit crumbs to a large bowl and mix well.
Stir in condensed milk and rum until your mixture is sticky and firm (on hot days you may need to keep your mixture in the fridge briefly first).
Shape mixture into balls and roll in extra coconut to coat.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • A food processor will make crushing up the biscuits a quick task. If you don’t have one, use a sealed sandwich bag and crush 4-5 biscuits at a time using a rolling pin or mallet. This takes a little longer but is just as effective.
Holly @ Simplify Create Inspire
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