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Pecan Rum Balls

Pecan Rum Balls

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My brother-in-law, Shawn, makes these pecan rum balls during the holidays when we are all together;  am sure he makes them even when we are not!  I never really thought about it until this year, but, it is not really Christmas without these little buttery bites around the house.

Pecan Rum Balls

When we arrived in Boston last week, I had still had these pecan rum balls on my mind, and decided I should make a couple of batches for a few of our favorite Bostonians. 

This recipe is so simple that it can even be made for those last-minute hostess gifts during the holidays when you are visiting family.  Or when you need a little something extra sweet to have around the house for last minute holiday get-together.  Be forewarned, you cannot stop at eating just one of these pecan rum balls.  

More Holiday Cookie Inspiration:

Sugar Topped Molasses Spice Cookies

Orange Cherry Biscotti

Bourbon Pecan Snow Balls


Yield: 12

Pecan Rum Balls

Pecan Rum Balls

My brother inlaw's famous pecan rum balls are the perfect last minute cookie recipe to have on hand during the holidays.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons dark rum
  • confectioners sugar


Combine all ingredients except confectioners sugar, mix until thoroughly blended.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375.

Using hands, roll dough into balls 1  inch balls.  Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. 

Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until cookies are set, but not brown.

Let stand 1 minute before removing from cookie sheet.

Remove to wire rack and cool slightly.

Roll in confectioners sugar while still warm; cool completely.

Just before serving, reroll in confectioners sugar.




inspired by our brother-inlaw, Shawn Espinosa

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Wednesday 12th of December 2012

Does the rum cook out? We always have kids around the holidays, and just wondering if I should keep these out of their reach?

la petite chef

Wednesday 30th of December 2009

Love these!! Anything that has chocolate and booze is up my alley! Could also roll in coconut shavings!! Happy New Year!! :)

Julia @ Mélanger

Monday 28th of December 2009

I love having some desserts/treats that you can make in a flash. These sound delicious. Love the idea of pecan.

Happy holidays!

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