These Cranberry-Almond Rum Balls are a variation on the classic rum balls that just so happens to be more healthy. Although I didn’t set out to do that, a few tweaks made it so–and I think better tasting. For this healthier version skip the traditional crumbed cookies and use crushed marcona almonds and swap out the corn syrup for honey.
This is a recipe I developed around McCormick’s Go4Gourmet challenge. The idea was to create a recipe with the 3 ingredients sent to me. When my box came it included: (1) marcona almonds (2) Saigon Cinnamon (3) sea salt.
I have to say, my first thought went to making a candy bark, but I did a massive bark run last year with these: Rocky Road Bark, Nutter Butter Bark, 2 ingredient Cookies & Cream Oreo Bark, Samoas Bark, Mint Chocolate Chip Bark—of course there are a few more, but these are my favorites. So to keep things fresh, I decided to go for something new.
A la rum balls. And these are so easy. Throw everything in a blender and pulse, scoop, roll, chill and dip in chocolate. See what I mean by easy.
Cranberry-Almond Rum Balls
- 4 oz. (1 cup) Marcona Almonds
- 5 oz. (1 cup) dried cranberries
- 1 oz candied ginger
- 1 oz. (5 tablespoons) sweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Saigon Cinnamon
- 1/4 cup honey
- 5 tablespoons dark rum
- 6 oz. chocolate, melted
- 1 tablespoon McCormich Sea Salt
Preparation: Line bake sheet with parchment paper.
- Place almonds, dried cranberries, candied ginger, coconut and cinnamon in a food processor and pulse until finely crumbed. Add honey and rum and pulse to blend. Roll one heaping tablespoon into a ball and place on parchment lined bake sheet. Transfer to refrigerator and chill for about 45 minutes or overnight. Remove from refrigerator and dip in melted chocolate and sprinkle with seas salt.
This post is a sponsored for McCormick Gourmet. However, all opinions are my own.
Averie @ Averie Cooks says
Booze and chocolate! My favorite things! Seriously they sound awesome and love love love the bright papers and the styling! Sooo pretty! Pinned of course!
Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen says
These rum balls scream Christmas to me!! I would adore popping a few of these 😉
So cute! It is like a healthier dessert treat; however I think that might be reasoning if I eat 10 of them.
What wonderful flavour combinations. I love rum balls but these look like a wonderful twist on a classic. I love how you’ve put them in different coloured wrappers too – it looks so pretty!
Wow, these are more like flavor bombs! Soooo pretty too. I love how simple yet complex in taste and how beautiful these are. Great job!
Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness says
If it has booze and chocolate I am in with absolute zero question. These are so pretty and perfect for Christmas. Plus, they are easy. Which means I can make and eat all of them before my hubby gets home. This girl doesn’t share chocolate 🙂
these are gorgeous! a definite upgrade on the normal rum balls
Kevin (Closet Cooking) says
I have to make some of these!
Julie @ Table for Two says
Love these!! The booze and chocolate are perfect for the holidays!
Boozey chocolates for the holidays! Love this!
Marian (Sweetopia) says
Yummy! Love those liners too!
Sophia @ NY Foodgasm says
Mind blown! This is SUCH a great idea! I think I wanna try these with pistachios instead! WOAHHHH and YUMMMM! PS- gorgeous as always 😉
Beth @ bethcakes says
Love your styling in these photos! Also love the changes you made to the rum balls. Sounds like a fun challenge!
Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) says
Yep. Totally making these. I just have to go get me some more marcona almonds…the only ones I have in my cupboard are drizzled with white truffle oil. 😉
I love the colors and styling.! Where did you get that tray???
Stunning and drool-worthy! I can’t wait to try them.
Completely over the top! Love, love love these!
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
Yes please to boozy chocolate!
House of ROE says
Ummm, for those that do not partake in the enjoyment of alcohol, are there any suggestions for substitutes please? I really want to make them but I don’t drink or purchase liquor. As always, the shots are beautiful!
Booze and chocolate together just scream christmas!! I love these!!