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I made these for a get-together with friends last Tuesday and I’m lucky I got one when I did because they went fast! They’re a rich, boozy, and decadent treat that’s perfect for fall!


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(makes 18 rum balls)


50 vanilla wafers

½ cup pecans

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

½ tsp ground ginger

½ tsp ground cloves

¼ cup Sailor Jerry Rum

2 Tbs pumpkin puree

¼ cup granulated sugar for rolling


(1.) Place vanilla wafers in a food processor and (2.) process into fine crumbs. Pour into a large bowl and set aside. (3.) Next place the pecans in the food processor and (4.) pulse until finely diced.

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(5.) Add to the bowl with vanilla wafer crumbs along with powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and ground cloves. Stir until all ingredients are mixed. (6.) In a separate small bowl, stir together Sailor Jerry Rum and pumpkin puree. (7.) Pour into dry ingredients and stir until completely mixed in. Place ¼ cup granulated sugar in a small bowl and line a large cookie sheet with wax paper. (8.) Using a tablespoon, scoop out evenly sized portions of the mixture and roll in between your hands to form balls. Roll in sugar and then place on wax paper lined cookie sheet.

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Repeat with remaining mixture. When finished, place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator to chill the rum balls for 1 hour.

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Serve cold or at room temperature.

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