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Walnut Spiced Rum Balls on wood platter

Walnut Spiced Rum Balls

Walnut Spiced Rum Balls are rich and perfectly sweet holiday cookies that melt in your mouth and will have you reaching for another.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 14 mins
Total Time 44 mins
Servings 40 cookies
Calories 131


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups walnuts (toasted)
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons spiced rum
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature (2 sticks))
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar


  • To toast the walnuts, spread an even layer on a baking sheet and toast in a 350 degree F oven for 10 minutes, stirring them while cooking to ensure even toasting. Allow to fully cool.
  • In a food processor, pulse flour, only half of the walnuts, and the salt until the walnuts are in small chunks, 4-5 pulses. Transfer to a separate bowl and set aside.
  • Run the remaining toasted walnuts through the food processor until finely ground 10-20 seconds. Add the spiced rum and process until a past forms which takes only about 5 seconds.
  • Using stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the walnut rum paste and beat until combined. Turn the speed to low, add the flour mixture one spoonful at a time, and stop mixing as soon as everything has combined. Do not over mix.
  • Transfer dough to plastic wrap, wrap tightly, and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.
  • Form dough into walnut sized balls. Bake until bottoms just start to brown, about 12-14 minutes. Allow to cool on sheets for about 10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. Repeat until all the cookies have baked.
  • Prior to eating, roll fully cooled cookies in powdered sugar, shaking off any excess.


serving size based on one cookie


Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 142IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg