I’m pretty excited about these little rum balls. After looking through all the recipes & finding everything calling for crushed vanilla wafers, I thought I’d have to pass on these this year. BUT, I decided to use my Gluten-Free Oreo Cookie recipe that I’ve posted in the past as the base for these rum balls. I made the oreo cookie dough, rolled it out thin on parchment paper (pretty easy to roll, actually), then baked it. Once it was cooled, I broke the cookie up and put it into my food processor, and now I have a ziplock bag of gluten-free Oreo crumbs, that can be used for the crust in cheesecakes, ice cream (yum!), and of course, in rum balls.
Gluten-Free Oreo Cookies
- 3/4 cup rice flour
- 3/4 cup tapioca flour
- 3/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 tsp xanthan gum
- 2 tsp. egg substitute
- 2/3 cup cocoa
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup butter (I used margarine without a problem)
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1-2 tsp milk
Roll dough out on parchment paper (with wax paper on top if necessary). Roll as thin as you can, I got 2 large baking sheets. Bake for 11-12 minutes in a 350 degree F preheated oven. Remove from oven & let cool completely. Break into pieces & pulse in food processor until you have crumbs. Will make enough crumbs for this recipe, plus a lot to put in the freezer for the next time you want to make a cheesecake.
Christmas Rum Balls
- 2 1/2 cups GF Oreo Crumbs (see above)
- 1 1/4 cups icing sugar
- 1/2 cup spiced rum or bourbon
- 2 Tbsp white corn syrup
- 1 cup pecans or walnuts, broken (I did these fairly fine in the food processor)
- Sift 1 cup icing sugar.
- Stir in the spiced rum mixed with the syrup.
- Add GF Oreo crumbs and nuts.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Shape mixture into walnut sized balls and dredge with remaining sugar or leave plain.
- Store in an airtight container or tin.
NOTE: These are best if you can make them a few days in advance, so they have time to mellow. So, if you can, make them 5 days before you want to consume them.
Source: Based on a recipe from Recipezaar.
And for the 2008 Gluten-Free Christmas Cookie Round-up, be sure to check out Ginger Lemon Girl’s blog today! I’ve added some recipes to the round-up, and there are a number of them there that I would like to try yet too.