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Do It Yourself Rum Butter Balls

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

This Do It Yourself Rum Butter Balls recipe is so dear to my heart. My grandma, Genn Zawacki, is more of a mother than a grandmother to me and quite possibly the best baker on the planet. She is the sweetest and most loving person, not to mention she has a great sense of humor. She is the glue that holds our family together and most, if not all, of my happiest childhood memories include my grandma and grandpa. I love her so much, and it is with great pleasure that I can share this recipe with you. My grandma traditionally baked these cookies around the holidays and they were always a very special treat for us. The taste of them brings good memories flooding into my mind. Maybe you can start a tradition with your new family, too. I hope you enjoy it, and Grandma, if you made it down to Dad’s office to see this today, I love you, and I love you too, Dad.

Grandma Zawacki’s Rum Butter Balls
1 cup of pecans or walnuts
1 cup sifted flour
3 tablespoons of sugar
1/2 cup butter – cut in pieces at room temperature
2 tsp. Rum or Brandy
Confectioners Sugar for dusting

In Blender:
1. Add flour, nuts, sugar, butter and Rum. Process until blended, about 30 seconds. Scrape blender bowl down with spatula. Process again until ball of dough forms on blades, about 15 seconds.
2. Turn out onto lightly floured board. Take a small portion of dough and roll into a rope, about one inch in diameter. Cut into bite sizes and form into balls and place on an ungreased baking sheet.
3. Bake at 325 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Do not let them brown. Let cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet then transfer to wire rack to cool.
4. Put confectioners sugar in a paper bag and coat the cookies. Coat the cookies twice.

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  1. -100. Lacie says:

    Every Christmas my Fiance’s cousin-in-law Daniel, brings rum balls! They are gone in a few moments! And they are sooo good! He wont tell anyone how he makes them so this is awesome that you posted this! Thanks soo much!

  2. A personal Christmas tradition. Rum Butter Balls

  3. -100. Jane S. says:

    Can you estimate about how many this makes? Looks like a small amount of [incredibly tasty] dough.

  4. -100. weddingchicks says:

    It makes about 2 cookie sheets worth. (:

  5. -100. Malorie Clark says:

    I tried to make these but they came out more like cookies than balls and didnt taste like rum…. what did i do wrong? help!

  6. -100. Courtney says:

    Just made these! Very tasty- not too sweet, but they get perfectly sweet when you roll them in confectioners sugar. The only thing is the recipe only made 19 balls for me! So if you’re looking to make a big batch make sure you double or triple the recipe :)