Rum Balls and Peanut Butter Balls

Christmas is almost here!!! I for one am all at the same time excited and sad. I love Christmas, I never want it to end. I particularly like having all the lights decorating the house. Did any of you get hit with snow from the big storm that swept through? We got about 8″ but thankfully never lost power like a lot of folks did. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the weather holds and is still here for Christmas! In the meantime, I have a few more recipes to share with you.

The first one is so easy, so quick and only has four ingredients. Peanut Butter balls, they are so good! and in my book practically healthy;

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1/2c Peanut Butter

1/2c Honey

(Both of which are good for you right? ) Mix these together really well.

1c Powdered milk

1c Quick oats

Add this to the PB and honey, mix until you have a stiff dough. Roll dough into 1″ balls, chill for a while before serving. Then enjoy! This recipe makes about 2doz depending on the size you roll the balls out.

(A link to the recipe card for peanut butter balls is at the end of this post!)

     This next recipe, which is another one that my family has been making for as long as I can remember is rumballs. I like these mostly because they’re chocolate. Anything with chocolate is probably good.

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Mommom’s Rumballs

1 c. (6 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
1 stick butter

2 heaping T. unsweetened cocoa
2 T. evaporated milk
3 t. rum extract

1 lb. powdered sugar (3 3/4 c.)

– Melt the chocolate chips and butter in a double boiler.

– Once melted, add cocoa, evap milk and rum extract, mix well.

– Remove from heat, start adding powdered sugar until dough is no longer super sticky.

– (you may have to let dough cool for a few minutes) Roll dough into 1″ balls, then roll in sprinkles or colored sugar. (or nuts or whatever you like!) smaller sprinkles work better. This step is a really good one for the kids too. We always enjoyed this part growing up! If you don’t have kids to help you, and don’t feel like rolling all those balls, you can also press the warm dough into a small cake pan so it’s about 1″ thick, press sprinkles into the top, cut into small squares. Once the dough is shaped, but in an airtight container (I like festive tins) and chill in the fridge or cold garage! 

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“Mommom” my great grandmother, who made the tasty rum balls.

So there you have it, the round up of goodies this year was easy to make, without too many fancy ingredients, super delicious as always! If you’d like to keep these recipes for yourself, here are recipe cards you can print out.       Here is the RumBall card, and the Peanut Butter Balls.(They don’t open in a new window) They’re like the gingerbread ones, formatted for a 5×7″ card, but you can adjust that anyway you like for your printer. Have a very Merry Christmas everyone!

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