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The Gift Of Giving & Mocha-Walnut Rum Ball recipe

Updated on April 3, 2013

My family's tradition is for 'Santas' visit to be on Christmas eve. To give the Old Gent time to drop off his goodies, we had to leave home at dusk and not come back for what seemed FOREVER. So my Mom in her ultimate wisdom started a tradition. I and now my children keep it up yearly. Once our thanksgiving (Canadian) is over in October we start baking cookies and squares for platters which we deliver to neighbors, friends and a homeless shelter during our 'wait' time. Most of the cookies are frozen till assembly time (did you notice...most...). The squares and struddel have to be done in the Christmas week. Some off these are traditional Hungarian yummies and others are adopted favorites as the family is growing. Over the next few days I'll share the recipes with you, all my HUB-FRIENDS. Naturally it would be better if I could share the actual goodies but, I guess it will have to do.

Now I would like to ask a favor of all of you HUBbers. Can we all give a bag of food to a homeless shelter or a plate of goodies to the lonely senior down the road on Christmas eve. 'Hub-Land' is wordwide, and it would really spread well-being worldwide. If you don't celebrate December 24th or 25th let me know when your "Giving-Holiday" is and I will do the same at that time here in the name of 'Hub-land'. Seriously, how many member Hubbers are there? A couple of cans of food to the women's shelter, a fruit basket or like us a cookie platter, from each of us will make a difference, and it doesn't have to break the bank. Even bought cookies on a vintage plate (25cents at the thrift shop), wrapped in cellophane, tied with a pretty bow will look great and most of all would be appreciated so much by that lonely person down the road.

Thanks Gang...Now for recipe #1...My favorite!!!



10 ozs chocolate cookie Wafers 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar 2 cups Walnuts, finally chopped and lightly roasted (good with almonds too) 3 tbsp instant coffee granules 1/2 + cup Rum (dark is best but white or gold are okay too) 3 tbsp light corn syrop 1 cup chocolate wormies or colored sprinkles (optional)


-Pulverize wafers to powdery crumbs -combine crumbs with 2 cups of sugar (save 1/2 cup for rolling) and walnuts in large bowl -Dissove 2 1/2 tbsp of coffee in 1/2 oz of hot water stir in syrop and rum -Mix in wafer crumbs so that they will hold together but not too sticky -let sit for 1/2 hour (just enough time to enjoy a cup of tea with rum) -Shape into 1" balls

ready now version: choose one or all -mix remaining 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 tbsp pulverized instant coffee -roll rumballs in sugar mix, chocolate wormies or coloredsprinkles

freezer version: -remove rum balls from freezer let stand for 1/2 hour then follow method above (if rolled when too frozen wormies won't stick well)

Both versions will last well in airtight containers for two weeks, so I'm told at our house we're lucky if we get a week as they seem to have an evaporating habit. Depending on how big your 1" balls(ha-ha) get this recipe will make about 100 balls.



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    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      11 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Lovemycrew4! These are my absolute favorite. I can never get enough of them.

      Thanks for taking a look and commenting

      regards Zsuzsy

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      11 years ago

      I grew up eating rum balls that my aunt fixed at Christmas. Since her stroke 10 years ago I haven't been able to indulge in them...and I miss them. This sounds like hers and I will try them this year and bring them to the Christmas party for everyone to enjoy!!! Great Recipe.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      12 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      thanks for your comment

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Marye Audet 

      12 years ago

      yummy! thanks..need to add these to my Christmas trays.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      12 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      But they're so so good!

      Thanks for your comment

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Kate Swanson 

      12 years ago from Sydney

      These sound too, too sinful!

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      12 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thanks Bob!

      It has always been my fave.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Bob Ewing 

      12 years ago from New Brunswick

      Great tradition and a tasty recipe, thanks.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      12 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thanks Kenny! How can I get this across to all the others here on the HUB? I'm so gung ho on this idea that I really want to spread it as far as possible. Do you have a giving Holiday in India that we could also adapt here?? Please let me know.

      Thanks again

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      12 years ago from Chennai

      Okay, will do what you say on Christmas here, Zsuzsy!


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