We take our rum balls and bourbon balls seriously in this household as they are Mr Magpie’s favourite treat. Which also means that I leave the rum ball making up to him during the holidays! These rum balls are nut free, melt in your mouth, fudgy delights!

Chocolate Bourbon or Rum Balls
Chocolate Bourbon or Rum Balls

How to Make Rum Balls

Making rum balls in my house is SO EASY. First, I ask Mr Magpie to make them. And second, he makes them! Magic! But honestly, here are the super quick and easy steps to making rum balls.

  1. Prepare your cake. You can make a chocolate cake mix or you can bake up my Crazy Cake or Wacky Cake Recipe. It’s so easy you don’t really need a cake mix to be honest.
  2. Break up the cake and place it into a large bowl.
  3. Add in rum or bourbon and condensed milk.
  4. Make the rum balls, roll them in sprinkles and let sit.

We prefer the rum balls or bourbon balls to be chewy and fudge-like, not dried out like the rum ball recipes that use nuts. Consider these to be rum brownie balls, even, to understand the texture that I am talking about. Take a peek at the photo below, you can tell that these are truly spectacular rum balls! That photo was taken right after I made them, so they are now sitting in my freezer with the flavours melding together until Christmas. The consistency will be the same as shown in the photos.

Tips & Tricks for Making Bourbon Balls or Rum Balls

  • Use a good quality rum or bourbon, a dark rum for sure but you could also try spiced!
  • These rum balls freeze exceptionally well and are better after sitting for a while in a container. I make these a few weeks before Christmas and then freeze them until the big day.
  • Once you try my version of rum balls, you aren’t ever going back to those nut filled dry versions but you could add in some walnuts or favourite nut into the mixture if you wanted to. You can really adapt these to your liking!
  • Refrigerate the dough before rolling and wet your hands when you go to form the balls. These are sticky and your hands will get a bit messy making them, so make sure you have everything ready to go before you make them!

Happy baking everyone! I’m sitting here thinking of these babies that are in the freezer and wondering if I can sneak one…



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These rum balls are SO much better than the dried out ones that use nuts! These are so decadent they are like chocolate rum truffles! Nut free and chocolate cake based! #rumballs #christmas #chocolate

4.5 from 2 votes
My Favourite Chocolate Bourbon or Rum Ball Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins
Cake Baking Time
35 mins
Total Time
30 mins

These rum balls are SO much better than the dried out ones that use nuts! These are so decadent they are like chocolate rum truffles! Nut free and chocolate cake based! 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bourbon balls, rum balls
Servings: 24 rum balls
Calories: 147 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • 1 9x13 baked chocolate cake use a mix or my cake recipe
  • 1/2 cup dark or spiced rum or bourbon
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup chocolate sprinkles
  1. Crumble up the baked cake into a medium mixing bowl.

  2. Add in the rum and the condensed milk. Mix together until all of the ingredients are combined and the cake is now a dough that can be rolled into balls.

  3. Roll the mixture into one inch balls, then roll the balls into the chocolate sprinkles, covering them completely. 

  4. Place the rum balls on a parchment lined baking sheet. Freeze them individually first, then transfer to a sealed container to keep frozen.

  5. These are best if left to sit a few days in the refrigerator if you are eating them soon, or keep them in the freezer until you are ready to eat.

Recipe Notes

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION is going to vary depending on what cake mix you use or what cake you bake up!

Nutrition Facts
My Favourite Chocolate Bourbon or Rum Ball Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Potassium 11mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 3g
Vitamin A 0.2%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 0.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  1. Barbara J Merritt Reply

    My new addiction! Made with the wacky cake recipe lightened up with Stevia and applesauce. I make mine smaller and roll them in cocoa/stevia instead of sprinkles. Soooo good and less guilt!

  2. I have no idea if these are good but I warn anyone who tries to print this recipe you get 15 pages of full color crap just to get a printout of the recipe!!!!

    • Hi Amy,

      If you choose “print recipe” at the top of the article, it should just print the recipe as opposed to printing the entire webpage.

  3. I made these with the wacky cake mix and Bourbon. It is a funny cake mix to whip up, once everything is mixed together it turned in to a blob in the bowl. It was fun playing with it for a moment. So, anyway! I did have a lot of trouble getting the sprinkles to stick to the balls. This recipe was easy to make , but I did not care for the taste of it; on the other hand, my husband loves these Bourbon balls and he ate 6 at one time and would of eaten the whole batch if I wasn’t standing there supervising.. LOL

  4. Glad I found this recipe. Was looking for one that didn’t use wafers. Used Wild Turkey in mine. What I want to use I can’t get in the States anymore, Canadian Club Sherry Cask. If anybody can get it, try it and let me know how it was.

  5. Great recipe except for the 1/4 cup of condensed milk. Not near enough. I should have used the whole can. I had some dough left over and added some more condensed milk and the turned great.

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