For those of you who still need a very-last-minute present for that colleague at work or special auntie of theirs – here is one of my go-to recipes: rum balls that look like fancy chocolates.
It’s fuss-free, relatively quick and you will likely have all ingredients at home already. Believe me when I say that you will have a hard time messing it up.
Also, it contains alcohol.
My Mum has been making them for Christmas ever since I can remember and us kids used to be restricted to a certain number of them per day. Especially the year she ran out of normal (38% proof) rum and used 80% proof. Good times.
- 100g dark chocolate
- 100g icing sugar
- 100g ground nuts (your choice, I used almonds because I had them at home)
- 1 ts vanilla sugar
- 1 TS or more (or less) alcohol (again, your choice; I used rum for one batch and cointreau for another)
- shredded coconut, ground chocolate, 100s and 1000s or whatever else you want them coated in
If you want to get creative you can also add spices such as cinnamon, chili, cardamom or instant espresso; use kahlua or kirsch instead of rum – or syrup diluted with water if you want to keep it alcohol free
Melt the chocolate and mix with the other ingredients. Take little amounts and roll them into little balls. Roll balls in shredded coconut or whatever else you chose as coating.
Put into Christmassy paper moulds (or your mouth).
Didn’t I say those rum balls were easy to make?
If you now wrap them up nicely or even have a little box you can put them in you’ll be the star at the next Christmas party you’re invited to.
„I can’t believe you made them yourself?!“
What is your emergency Christmas present?