Recipe Hidden Cherries and Rum Balls Delectable Delights At Christmas

The following two recipes are a traditional must at my house every year at Christmas time. These recipes have been passed down to me and I wanted to share them as they are easy to make, taste great, and they are no-bake recipes.

These as great to make with children as the kids love to shape and roll the ingredients in their hands. Word of caution when it comes to the rum balls though .... don't let them lick out the bowl and make sure that they wash their hands afterwards.

The hidden cherries must be stored in an air tight container, and be refrigerated. If you live in a colder climate they can be stored in a cold room.

Rum balls on the other hand only need to be stored in an air tight container. Both of these Holiday treats can be made and stored for up to three to four weeks.


Cook Time Both recipes do not require cooking

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 24-36 Hidden Cherries

Apologies for not having a photo of what the hidden cherries look like. I have not had the time to make them yet this year, but will add the photo when I do. Thanks.

Hidden Cherries


1 1/2 Cups of Icing Sugar

1 1/2 Cups of Coconut

1/2 Cup of Butter (at room temperature)

1 tsp. Vanilla

1 Tbsp. Milk

1 Jar of Maraschino Cherries (drained)

4 Tbsp. Flour

Crushed Graham Crackers


Making the dough

In a bowl cream the butter, flour, icing sugar. Add the milk and vanilla and continue to mix well. Add the coconut until everything is well mixed and resembles dough.

Let's get rolling.

Roll a small piece of dough around a well drained maraschino cherry making a small ball. I find it easiest to take a tablespoon of dough and place it in the palm of my hand flattening it out. Insert the cherry into the middle of the dough and bring the dough around the cherry. Roll in your hand. Set aside on a plate or on a piece of wax paper.

Continue until all the dough and cherries are made into balls.

Roll the cherry balls in crushed graham crackers. Put into an air tight container between sheets of wax paper, and refrigerate. You may want to hide them as they will disappear fast. Enjoy!

Rum Balls


2 1/2 Cups of finely crushed Vanilla Wafers

1 Cup of Powdered Sugar (Icing Sugar)

1 Cup of Coarsely chopped nuts (I use walnuts)

2 Tbsp. Coco Powder

3 Tbsp. Corn Syrup

1/4 Cup of Rum (I use Bacardi, but I'm sure any type will be just as good)

How To Prepare Rum Balls

Mix the crushed vanilla wafer crumbs with powdered sugar, chopped nuts and coco powder. Then add the corn syrup and rum. Mix well. I use my hands to do this.

Shape into 1" balls and roll in additional powdered sugar.

Store in an air tight container at room temperature. I place sheets of wax paper between each row of the rum balls.

You may want to double up this recipe, and you can make the rum balls as large or as small as you like.

This recipe will make three dozen balls.

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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

no problem, Susan!

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

PDX, These are really easy to make as you can see, thanks for popping by to have a look :)

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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

mmm. i love rum balls and i love cherries

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sue, I woke up to snow yesterday but it all melted by noon. Looks like it's going to be the same today. Hopefully we will get snow for Christmas.

RedElf, They are good, and thanks for stopping by.

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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada

Sounds yuumy-licious! Thanks for sharing this great recipe just in time for the holidays.

Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Susan,

I guess the snow is on vacation. lol

I am still hoping for a White Christmas. :-)

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sue, Hate maraschino cherries, oh no :) I will have to come up with something else for you then :) The rum balls are very easy. You have a good day too, and where's all the snow...not complaining just wondering.

Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Susan,

The rum balls sound delicious and easy too make.

I am sure the hidden cherries are good too. Only problem is that I hate Maraschino cherries. lol

Enjoy your day.

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sharyn, If you make them let me know if you liked them. I'm pretty sure you will :)

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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Susan,

The hidden cherries sound delicious to me. I'll send you my address, ha. Thanks for the recipe!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

alekhouse, It's hard to stay on a diet at this time of year with all the festive foods. Hope that you enjoy these.

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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

I'm on a diet...but I don't care. I've just got to try both of these recipes. What did you have to go and put pictures on too???

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Tina, If you like a little something sweet these are perfect. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

alocsin and katrinasui, Thanks so much.

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katrinasui 5 years ago

I like chocolate covered cherries. Thanks for sharing such great recipes.

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alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

Sounds delicious. Voting this Up and Awesome.

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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

These recipes sound so delicious and I will definitely try them this year. Rum balls and hidden cherries are both new to me so I look forward to taste them! Thanks Susan for sharing these, it is always great to make something new!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Deborah, If I'm not at the computer you can find me in the kitchen as I love to cook.

Rosemay, Hope you enjoy both of these treats.

MM, Thanks :)

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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Susan, now you are spoiling us! 2 recipes of sheer decadence!!

These look a real treat, thank you.

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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Your rum balls are a very different to the ones I make so I will try your method for a change, and will definitely try the hidden cherries recipe they sound yummy

Thank you for these 2

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Deborah Brooks 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

goodness you got me hungry again. I love rum balls and anything to do with cherries.. thanks for all the info. and the great article. I voted up and awesome..I cant wait to see what you cook next.

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank you everyone.

Hyphenbird, Any day now :)

ktrapp, Yes that's correct, no baking is involved. Both recipes are fast and easy.

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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois

Am I understanding it correctly that there is no baking time involved? The rum balls look delicious and easy enough to do if you're pressed for time during the holiday season.

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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

My mouth is watering! So when can I expect a package in the mail? hahaha

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Billi Grossman 5 years ago from Enchanted with New Mexico

Thanks for something new, fun, and easy to make for the holidays.

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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

These are definitely going to be made this Christmas especially the run balls.

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Both the recipes look delicious, a nice treat for the Holidays..Thank you..Cheers

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SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

Thank you for sharing your family recipe with us! The rum balls looks delish and the hidden cherries sounds just wonderful. Great treats for the Holidays. I'll give these a try!

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks everyone for all your comments. Please do try these as they are scrumptious.

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Snurre 5 years ago

Yum yum yum! You bet I'll be making these this Christmas and New Year! Bookmarked.

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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America

These sound good and I like your clip art!

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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

These will tease my sweet tooth for sure. Thank you susan.

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

I think Im going to give these a try ---

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mljdgulley354 5 years ago

Thank you for these recipes. My family likes chocolate covered cherries. Your cherry hidden cherry recipe will be fun to give out.

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