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
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.
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!
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.
Christmas Traditional Recipes
© 2011 Susan Zutautas