As part of my family tradition, every year, a week before Christmas, my mum and I would blast the air conditioner on a hot summers day and make the rum balls together.

Even though this primary school recipe was safe for under twelves to make at school, we spiked it up – literally.

Dosed with Bundaberg overproof rum, it’s perfect for the Christmas season when everything seems to roll around alcohol consumption.

A fun and sweet dessert great for any occasion. From home, to parties and even in the office – there’s no doubt that this Christmas treat will have you craving more.

Don’t be afraid to get messy with the recipe, using your hands is definitely easier than the wooden spoon!


  • 1 packet (250g) Arnott’s Milk Arrowroot or Marie biscuits crushed.
  • 1 tin (396g) Nestle Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 ½ tbsp. Bundaberg overproof rum
  • 4 tbsp. Cadbury cocoa
  • 1 packet chocolate splinters
  • Mini paddy pans

Ingredients for Rum Balls


  1. Separate the mini paddy pans.
  2. Place the packet of Arnott’s biscuits into a food processor. Crush biscuits until they are a near powder consistency.
  3. In a small bowl, add the chocolate splinters for rolling, set aside.
  4. In a separate larger bowl, with your hands mix and combine the crushed biscuits, the condensed milk, desiccated coconut, Bundaberg rum and the Cadbury cocoa.
  5. Quickly roll the biscuit mixture into small balls no bigger than a 20-cent piece.
  6. Once rolled five or so balls, place them into the splinter bowl and roll them around until covered. Place in paddy pans. Repeat.
  7. Once finished, place all rum balls in a container and store in the refrigerator.


  • Try and make the rum balls on a cooler day. The heat makes the mixture dry out faster.
  • Don’t forget to separate the paddy pans prior before rolling!
  • If the biscuit mixture does start to turn dry, sprinkle it with a bit more Bundaberg rum.
  • Using your hands to combine the biscuit mixture is far more easier than using a spoon – this is a great recipe to make with the kids!
  • Because of the sticky consistency of the rum balls; washing your hands frequently between five or so made balls makes it easier to roll.

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