Saturday, December 3, 2011

Rum Balls! Rum Balls!

Yes, rum balls: It’s Christmas cookie time!

I had some vanilla wafers left over from making orange balls (which I personally can’t have Christmas without), so I made half a batch of rum balls. Rum balls!

No, I don’t drink anymore, but eating a cookie doesn’t really count as “drinking.” Right? . . . Okay, okay, I know—too close for comfort. But other people will enjoy them!

I used my Grandma Schroeder’s recipe, which I’ll simply present to you via a photograph of the recipe itself, which is in her handwriting.

Note that her recipe calls for “hootch.” —HOOTCH!

I measured out the rum very carefully. (Bwah-ha-ha!) And if you can’t quite read the recipe, I recommend sampling a bit of the rum and trying again!

There are more cookies still to come—the lebkuchen and the springerles!

So . . . more soon.


Osage Bluff Quilter said...

I will hold off for the lebkuchen and the springerles. Those are two of my favorites!

Waitin' for the snow . . .

Anonymous said...

What is the measurement of the v. cookies?

Diane Kimber said...

Hey Julie!
We are making bourbon balls today. But I feel like we should also make G-ma's rum balls too -YUM!

Can you send me the orange balls recipe?

Looking forward to the Leppies 'n Springers posts.

Thanks, Diane

Julianna Schroeder said...

Hi, thanks, you all! I've got the lebkuchen dough made and mellowing on the back porch--we plan to roll, bake, and ice them tonight.

I'm making two different recipes of leppies: one is great-grandma Thomas's recipe, and one is my mother's recipe: Hers is one that everyone, and I mean everyone, agrees are the best-tasting leppies ever.

Springerles will be soon--I do have my grandma's/great-grandma's recipe for springerles, but I make them from a 1940s Good Housekeeping recipe, because it seems foolproof. Here's my post on springerles:

Anon: have a schluck or two of rum, and the recipe will be easy to read! Okay: it IS kind of sloppy, since she added "3 T white syrup" as an afterthought. Here is the recipe, interpreted:

3 cups ground vanilla wafers
3 tablespoons white syrup [I had none, so substituted honey--and I added it same time as the other "wet" ingredient, below--I recommend combining all the dry ingredients first]
1 cup ground pecans
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 cup rum

Mix; roll into balls; dust with powdered sugar.