German Rum Balls (Rumkugeln) are a Christmas favorite!
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.
Tips for Making German Rum Balls
- 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!
- 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.
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.
Cool the chocolate rum mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes.
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.