Jane Wyman’s Rum Balls

Jane Wyman was an actress with a career that spanned seven decades beginning in 1933. You may know her from the Larceny, Inc, Three Guys Named Mike, The Sailor Takes a Lady or Stage Fright. She also won an Academy Award for Best Actress for Johnny Belinda as well as being a three time Golden Globe winner. Some may remember her in the 1980s soap opera Falcon’s Crest. She was also Ronald Reagan’s first wife.

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This is her recipe for rum balls. These rum balls are ridiculously easy to make and require just a few ingredients. The only switch I made was rolling them in powdered sugar instead of chopped walnuts as I could not get the nuts to stick. I instead mixed 1/2 cup of the walnuts into the mixture, If alcohol is just not your thing, I added a substitution if you do not want to use the rum.

Jane Wyman's Rum Balls

  • Servings: 18 balls
  • Difficulty: super easy
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An easy rum ball from the actress Jane Wyman.

Ingredients

  • 1 11 oz box of vanilla wafters
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar plus more for roll the rum ball in
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup light rum or 1/4 tablespoon of heavy cream with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Directions

  1. Crush the vanilla wafers either by putting them in a plastic ziploc bag and crushing them with a rolling pin or placing them in a food processor and pulse a couple of times till until they are broken into small pieces.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the crushed wafers, confectioners sugar, cocoa powder and walnuts till combined.
  3. Add the corn syrup and rum ( or heavy cream/vanilla extract combo) and stir until it all together like a dough. You may need to use your hands to really get it combined.
  4. Take tablespoons of the mixture and form into balls.
  5. Place some confectioners sugar on a plate and roll the balls into the sugar. Then enjoy!

 

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