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Kid Friendly Rum Balls

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These Kid Friendly Rum Balls are made without rum and are so simple to make with only 4 ingredients. A great alternative to traditional rum balls and suitable for the little ones.

Rum balls in green pot on white plate next to a striped tea towel with glasses of milk behind.

If you’re getting into the Christmas spirit and want to get ahead and start planning your festive treats, check out these delicious Christmas Chocolate Crinkles Cookies or these incredibly easy Almond Florentines!

Getting the kids to help you make delicious holiday recipes can be fun and easy.

Recipes such as these decorated gingerbread cookies are another great way to get the kids involved as you can bake and they can decorate.

🍫 What Are Kid Friendly Rum Balls?

Kid friendly rum balls are no-bake chocolate, crushed biscuit and coconut balls made without rum and, in my humble opinion, one of the best-tasting treats, ever!

It’s old school flare of using condensed milk to bind the ingredients together is timeless.  

Here’s my recipe for traditional rum balls if you’re looking for the old-fashioned kind!

🥥 Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • 4 ingredients.
  • No-bake recipe.
  • Made without rum.
  • Kid-friendly.
  • Make them ahead of time.
  • Freezer-friendly.
Bite taken out of one ball sitting on top of the other rum balls in pot.

These easy rum balls can be enjoyed all year round however, during the holiday season and when traditional rum balls are on your mind, get the kids involved with making their very own version of the classic.

They’re also fabulous to pop in their school lunch boxes and don’t forget the adults, you’ll love these too!

Rum balls without rum coated in coated sitting in green pot on white round platter next to striped tea towel and glasses of milk behind.

📋  Ingredient Notes & Substitutions

Ingredients to make rum balls without rum are plain sweet cookies, unsweetened finely shredded or desiccated coconut, unsweetened cocoa powder and sweetened condensed milk.
  • Sweet plain cookies – store-bought any brand of plain sweet cookies such as arrowroot, Marie, or digestive biscuits. To make gluten-free rum balls, use gluten-free plain sweet cookies such as arrowroot biscuits.
  • Regular cocoa powder – use unsweetened cocoa powder for baking or Dutch-process cocoa powder. Can be substituted with cacao powder.
  • Finely Shredded or Desiccated coconut – use unsweetened coconut.
  • Sweetened condensed milk – to make dairy-free rum balls, use sweetened condensed coconut milk which can be found in the supermarket or online.  

🥣 Step By Step Instructions (with photos)

Scroll down to the end for the full and detailed recipe card.

Step one: In a high-speed food processor, crush biscuits into a fine crumb. 

Step two: Transfer crumbs into a large mixing bowl.

Cookies in clear mixing bowl and cookies crushed in mixing bowl.

Step three: Add cocoa and shredded coconut. Mix until well combined.

Crushed cookies, cocoa powder and shredded coconut in clear mixing bowl and it all mixed together.

Step four: Pour in condensed milk and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon, until all dry ingredients are coated well. You may like to use your hands for this step! 

Condensed milk in crushed cookie mixture and it all mixed together in clear mixing bowl.

Step five: Place extra desiccated coconut for rolling in a small bowl and using your hands, pick up 1 tablespoon of mixture and roll into a ball. Then roll in coconut to coat. Place directly into the container where they will be stored. Repeat process. 

Step seven: Pop the lid on the container and transfer to refrigerator to chill for 1 hour or until firm. Enjoy!

Rum balls in green pot with more rum balls sitting around the base on white platter.

💭 Tips For Recipe Success

  • Don’t have a food processor? No problems! Easily crush your biscuits by placing them in a zip-lock bag take a rolling pin and roll it firmly over the biscuits in the bag until they’re crushed to a fine crumb.
  • After pouring in your condensed milk, I find it easier to get my hands in there and mix it all together rather than using a wooden spoon, which can be time-consuming.
  • When rolling your rum balls, pop them straight into your storage container as opposed to a baking sheet. Then place on the lid and refrigerate right away in the container so you can enjoy your rum balls sooner!
Overhead shot of a bite taken out ball

⏲️ Storage Instructions

Store rum balls in an airtight container, refrigerated, for 1 week – 10 days. 

Make ahead of time by storing them in an airtight container, refrigerated, for 5-7 days before you need them.

Freeze rum balls in sealed zip-lock bags by removing as much air as possible, seal to close, label with the date and recipe name and freeze for up to 2 months. Alternatively, store in a freezer-friendly sealed container and freeze for up to 2 months.

Thaw from frozen in the refrigerator overnight or for several hours until soft enough to bite into. Alternatively, sit them on the counter at room temperature for several hours until thawed.

Rum balls coated in coconut sitting in green pot.

💬 Recipe FAQ’s

Can I add rum for the adults?

I have not tested this recipe with rum however, you can add a few tablespoons of rum until your desired potency. Keep in mind the texture will change with the addition of the rum. Reduce the quantity of the condensed milk if you’re adding rum, to make sure your rum balls aren’t too soft. They need to hold their shape.

I don’t have a food processor, what else can I use?

Easily crush your biscuits by placing them in a zip-lock bag and take a rolling pin and roll it firmly over the biscuits in the bag until they’re crushed to a fine crumb.

Can these be made gluten-free?

Yes! Simply use gluten-free plain sweet biscuits, such as gluten-free arrowroot biscuits.

Can I make them dairy-free?

Yes, absolutely! Substitute the sweetened condensed milk with sweetened condensed COCONUT milk. Easy!

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Kid Friendly Rum Balls

Samantha Pickthall
These Kid Friendly Rum Balls made without rum and are so simple to make with only 4 ingredients. A great alternative to traditional rum balls and suitable for the little ones.
4.67 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Snack
Servings 20 balls
Calories 164 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 250 g store-bought plain sweet cookies, plain arrowroot, Marie or digestive cookies
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened finely shredded or desiccated coconut
  • 3/4 cup (210g) sweetened condensed milk

Coating

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened finely shredded or desiccated coconut

Instructions
 

  • In a high-speed food processor, crush biscuits into a fine crumb.
  • Transfer crumbs into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add cocoa and shredded coconut. Mix with a wooden spoon until well combined.
  • Pour over condensed milk and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon until all dry ingredients are coated. TIP: use your hands for easier mixing!
  • Place extra shredded coconut for coating in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Using your hands, pick up 1 tablespoon of mixture and roll into a ball.
  • Roll in coconut until coated. Place directly into the airtight container where they will be stored.
  • Repeat process with remaining mixture.
  • Pop the lid on the container and transfer to your refrigerator to chill for 1 hour until firm.
  • Enjoy!
  • Store in an airtight container, refrigerated, for 1 week.

Notes

  • Don’t have a food processor? No problems! Easily crush your biscuits by placing them in a zip-lock bag take a rolling pin and roll it firmly over the biscuits in the bag until they’re crushed to a fine crumb.
 
  • After pouring in your condensed milk, I find it easier to get my hands in there and mix it all together rather than using a wooden spoon, which can be time-consuming.
 
  • When rolling your rum balls, pop them straight into your storage container as opposed to a baking sheet. Then place on the lid and refrigerate right away in the container so you can enjoy your rum balls sooner!
 
  • For detailed storage instructions, please refer to the blog post.

Nutrition

Calories: 164kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 62mgPotassium: 115mgFiber: 2gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 41IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 1mg
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing your recipes. I really like the gluten free slices and cakes as I can’t get enough of these recipes

4.67 from 6 votes (5 ratings without comment)

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