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Easy German Rum Balls (Rumkugeln)

German Rum Balls (Rumkugeln) are an easy and delicious Christmas favorite!

You’ll definitely want to add these no-bake treats to this year’s Christmas celebration.

😍 About This Recipe

These no-bake treats couldn’t be easier to make and are perfect to bring to holiday parties, to add to your cookie tray or for delicious post-dinner snacking.

You can make chocolate rum balls with or without hazelnuts and adjust the rum flavor to your liking. If you have drinking rum you can use that; if you don’t, you can use rum extract.

I like to roll mine in chocolate sprinkles but you can also use cocoa powder or powdered sugar.

🛒 What You Need to Make This Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Chocolate (use a mix of milk and dark)
  • Powdered sugar
  • Hazelnuts
  • Chocolate jimmies, cocoa powder, powdered sugar (for rolling)

Kitchen Tools:

  • Microwave, double boiler or saucepan with heat-proof bowl
  • Baking pan (for toasting hazelnuts)
  • Knife or food processor
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • Hand mixer
  • Plastic wrap
  • Small cookie scoop (or just use a spoon)
  • Small bowl (for rolling the rum balls in chocolate sprinkles or powdered sugar)

👍 Recipe Variations, Notes & Tips

  • Chocolate. Use the best quality chocolate you can. A mix of dark and light chocolate worked the best.
  • Rum. If you don’t have rum, you can substitute rum extract. If you don’t want a strong rum flavor, add a little to start and add more to taste. 
  • Hazelnuts. I like to make half with hazelnuts and half without. Both are delicious! 
  • Sprinkles. You can roll your German Rum Balls in chocolate sprinkles or cocoa powder. You could also use Christmas-colored sprinkles, chopped hazelnuts, powdered sugar or mini chocolate chips.

    Speaking of chocolate sprinkles, I highly recommend getting Dutch De Ruijter chocolate sprinkles! They actually taste like chocolate and you can get them in milk or dark chocolate. I first tried them when I was working in the Netherlands and was so happy that I can now buy them here on Amazon.

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😍 Easy German Rum Balls Recipe

The first step is to melt the chocolate. I usually do this in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. You can also melt the chocolate in the microwave. Once the chocolate has melted, let it cool. 

If using hazelnuts, toast, and grind them. 

The next step is to cream the room temperature butter and sifted powdered sugar until light and fluffy.

Then add the rum and cooled chocolate to the butter and mix until smooth. Be sure to scrape down the sides a couple times.

Note: you can use actual rum or rum extract. If you’re not sure how strong of a rum flavor you want, start with maybe 1/3 of the rum listed in the recipe and then add the rest to taste.  

If you’re adding ground hazelnuts to the rum balls, add them now and mix until well incorporated.

Chill the chocolate rum mixture in the fridge for 30-60 minutes.

Note: if after chilling the chocolate mixture isn’t firm enough to roll into balls, add a little more powdered sugar and mix well. You can also add a little cocoa powder if you prefer.

Roll the chocolate rum mixture into balls and then in cocoa powder or chocolate sprinkles (I use these delicious Dutch sprinkles that actually taste like chocolate).

Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week.

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Yield: 30-50

Easy German Rum Balls (Rumkugeln)

Easy German Rum Balls (Rumkugeln)

These easy no-bake treats are perfect for Christmas!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 7 Tbsp [3.5 oz / 100g] unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • ¾ cup+ [90 g+] powdered sugar (see note)
  • 2 TBSP rum
  • 7oz [200g] good chocolate, mix of milk and dark
  • 7oz [200g] hazelnuts
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder, chocolate jimmies, sprinkles, hazelnuts or powdered sugar (for rolling)

Instructions

    1. Melt chocolate in a double boiler, microwave or in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Once the chocolate has melted, let it cool.
    2. If using hazelnuts, toast at 350F/176C for 10-15 minutes. Remove skins and pulse in a food processor to grind them.
    3. Cream room temperature butter and sifted powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
    4. Add rum and cooled chocolate. Mix until until smooth, scraping down the sides a couple times. If you're adding ground hazelnuts, add them now and mix until thoroughly incorporated.
    5. Chill the chocolate rum mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes. Note: if after chilling the chocolate mixture isn't firm enough to roll into balls, add a little more powdered sugar and mix well. You can also add a little cocoa powder if you prefer.
    6. Roll chocolate rum mixture into 30-50 balls and then each ball in cocoa powder or chocolate sprinkles.
    7. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week.

Notes

  • Use the best quality chocolate you can. 
  • A mix of dark and light chocolate worked the best.
  • If you don't have rum, you can substitute rum extract. 
  • If you don't want a strong rum flavor, add a little to start and add more to taste. 
  • I like to make half with hazelnuts and half without. Both are delicious! 
  • If after chilling the chocolate mixture isn't firm enough to roll into balls, add a little more powdered sugar and mix well. You can also add a little cocoa powder if you prefer.
  • You can roll your German Rum Balls in chocolate sprinkles or cocoa powder. You could also use Christmas-colored sprinkles, chopped hazelnuts, powdered sugar or mini chocolate chips.Speaking of chocolate sprinkles.
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    Kelly

    Tuesday 2nd of August 2022

    Is there a brand of dark & milk chocolate that you recommend?

    Cate, International Desserts Blog

    Tuesday 16th of August 2022

    I just now saw this, sorry for the delay in replying! I'm currently in the US and have used a lot of different brands of chocolate, sometimes just depending on what I can find at the store I happen to be at. I've used everything from big bars of dark and milk chocolate from Aldi to Ghirardelli to random brands of chocolate chips to Scharffenberger to Lindt other expensive brands from Whole Foods or our local co-op. If you're looking for a more budget option, the bars of milk and dark from Aldi worked great. If you want more of a splurge, Ghirardelli, Scharffenberger and Lindt are great, too.

    Maggie

    Saturday 5th of December 2020

    How long can you store them?

    Cate, International Desserts Blog

    Saturday 5th of December 2020

    At least a couple weeks in the fridge, but they'll probably last even longer if they're in a sealed container and kept cold.

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