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Recipe Hidden Cherries and Rum Balls Delectable Delights At Christmas

Updated on November 26, 2017
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One of Susan's passions is cooking and creating new recipes for family and friends.

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.

3.7 stars from 3 ratings of Hidden Cherries & Rum Balls

© 2011 Susan Zutautas


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    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      15 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Char, Hey there neighbor :)

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      Char Milbrett 

      15 months ago from Minnesota

      You have given me food for thought... Was looking through your other recipes, as well. We seem to be kindred spirits. And, I'm your neighbor in the state below Ontario!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Rebecca and Merry Christmas!

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      YUM is the word! Pinned and shared!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great Christmas gift Peg. I hope you enjoy making them and be sure to have a few yourself. Merry Christmas!

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      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from North Dallas, Texas

      Thanks so much, Susan. I'm heading to the kitchen right now to prepare the rum balls for Christmas gifts. I've been looking for a great recipe like this.

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      Justin W Price 

      9 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      no problem, Susan!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Justin W Price 

      9 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      mmm. i love rum balls and i love cherries

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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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      9 years ago from Canada

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

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      9 years ago

      Hi Susan,

      I guess the snow is on vacation. lol

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

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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.

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      9 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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      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Sharon Smith 

      9 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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      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      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???

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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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      9 years ago

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

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      9 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Sounds delicious. Voting this Up and Awesome.

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      Christina Lornemark 

      9 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!


    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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 

      9 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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      Rosemary Sadler 

      9 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 Langford 

      9 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.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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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      Kristin Trapp 

      9 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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      Brenda Barnes 

      9 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 

      9 years ago from Enchanted with New Mexico

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

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      Carolee Samuda 

      9 years ago from Jamaica

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

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      9 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      9 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!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      9 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 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      These sound good and I like your clip art!

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      Dave Mathews 

      9 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

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

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      Frank Atanacio 

      9 years ago from Shelton

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

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      9 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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