Cherry Rum Balls

Difficulty: Easy

Makes 36

Rum balls are a traditional Christmas favourite but I thought I would flip the script on this treat and make them a little different. Adding cherry to this incredibly easy recipe means that you can whip them up in a jiffy and use them as snacks to please unexpected guests over the holiday season.


  • 1 375 gram jar morello cherries
  • 1 can Soymilke condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 packets Nice biscuits
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut (plus extra for rolling)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum


  1. Strain the cherries really well to lose as much liquid as possible. Use a fork to press the cherries down and check for pips.
  2. Put the cherries in a food processor and pulse a few times before straining out more liquid.
  3. Crush the biscuits finely and combine the cherries, Soymilke, biscuit crumbs, coconut, rum and cocoa in a bowl, mix well.
  4. Scoop out heaped tablespoons of mixture and roll with wet hands to form little spheres.
  5. Roll in coconut and refrigerate until ready to serve.