Brandy or rum balls

    40 min

    For Christmas, these little moreish bites cannot be beat. Easy to make and give as food gifts, or to simply have to hand when unexpected guests stop by. You can also skip the walnuts and roll in a different nut, or in cocoa powder. Try amaretti biscuits for this recipe; they work a treat.

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    Serves: 60 

    • 1 (170g) tin evaporated milk
    • 150g plain chocolate chips
    • 125ml brandy or rum
    • 450g vanilla or almond biscuits, crushed very fine
    • 240g finely chopped walnuts
    • 120g icing sugar for rolling

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. In the microwave, or in a metal bowl over a pan of simmering water, melt evaporated milk and chocolate chips, stirring frequently until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the crushed biscuits and brandy until well blended. Roll the mixture into small balls and roll the balls in chopped walnuts, then in icing sugar. Store covered in the refrigerator.

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    LOVED IT!! Used Captian Morgan's spiced rum and it was a wonderful flavor. Had tons of people tell me it was the best rum balls they had ever had! Have given three people this recipe so far. This one goes in my favorites for sure! Thanks for sharing it.  -  04 Dec 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Quite tasty! I didn't roll them in my hand. I used a small cookie scoop-like an ice cream scoop-with a squeeze handle that ejects the dough. You get a rounded top with a flat bottom. (Perfect for portion control). I put the ground nuts in a small deep bowl and dropped the dough balls into it. You can do about four at a time. Just shake the bowl in a circular motion. The dough rounds itself out and coats each one. It really speeds up the process. I gave these as gifts as got rave reviews.  -  23 Dec 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Turned out great! They get better with age. Also, I put the walnuts IN the mixture rather than rolling the balls in them.  -  15 Jan 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)