Saturday, December 18, 2010

Gifts from the Kitchen

As holiday gifts, I like to make treats from the kitchen. A couple of my tried-and-true favorites are sweet and spicy almonds and chocolate-walnut rum balls. Past gifts have included fudge sauce, truffles and white-chocolate fruit-nut clusters. I enjoy the process of making and packaging these homemade yummies, and they're always well received, which makes it even better. Here's the recipe for chocolate-walnut rum balls. Enjoy!

Chocolate-Walnut Rum Balls
Makes about 45-50
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (about 6 oz)
1 cup sugar, divided
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
½ cup dark rum
2½ cups finely crushed vanilla wafer cookies, about 10 oz. (see note)
1 cup finely chopped walnuts

Mix vanilla wafer crumbs and chopped walnuts in a medium bowl to blend; set aside. In top of a double boiler over simmering water, stir chocolate chips until melted and smooth. Remove from over water; whisk in 1/2 cup sugar and the corn syrup, then the rum. Add chocolate to vanilla wafer crumbs and stir well to combine. Place remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a shallow bowl. For each rum ball, roll 1 scant tablespoon chocolate mixture into a generous 1-inch ball. Roll balls in sugar to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate at least overnight and up to 5 days.

Note: I use a food processor to make the vanilla wafer crumbs, and a knife to finely chop the walnuts


  1. They sound delicious- and look absolutely gorgeous in the compote! You inspired me to try them this week! Thanks for sharing the great idea.

    Can you share the recipe for the chocolate/nut/fruit clusters- sound delicious and a great idea for a house warming gift!

  2. Hi Rhoda. Thanks for your comment. I hope you like the recipe above!
    Here is a link to the white chocolate fruit-nut clusters from Everyday Food magazine.
    Let me know what you think of these recipes!


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