caramel apple rum balls

What treat says “autumn” more that caramel apples? Today, I’m taking part in the Improv Cooking Challenge, where we are given two ingredients and come up with a recipe including those two ingredients. For October, it’s apples and caramel. While I love a good green apple dipped in warm caramel sauce, I wanted a more grown up treat. Enter the yumminess that is apple flavored rum..

Although quite decadent, rum balls are ridiculously easy to make.

Caramel Apple Rum Balls


  • 2 cups powdered sugar (confectioner\\
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup apple flavored rum
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 1/2 cups finely crushed vanilla wafers
  • 1/2 green apple (minced or put in food processor)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 25 unwrapped caramels
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half

Cooking Directions

  1. In a large bowl, sift together 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar, cocoa powder and the nutmeg.
  2. Stir in the rums and the corn syrup.
  3. Stir in the crushed vanilla wafers, green apple and walnuts.
  4. Divide in half and put into refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  5. Once chilled, make 1-inch balls and roll in the remaining powdered sugar.
  6. Place caramels and half-and-half in a double boiler and heat. Do not stir until caramel appears melted.
  7. Drizzle caramel over rum balls.
  8. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Putting the hot caramel sauce into a Ziploc bag and cutting a itty-bitty tip off the corner of the bag, seems to be the best way to get a controlled drizzle. I had to wrap a dishcloth around the bag because the sauce was hot. Ouch!

Hold the caramel bag close to the rum balls and slowly drizzle it on. I say slow because the caramel tends to roll off the powdered sugar if you go too fast. 

When you’re done, put the balls in to mini paper baking cups or layer them in a martini glass for a fancy, grown-up treat!
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  1. Sheryl says

    I LOVE your recipe!!! Thanks for participating in THE IMPROV COOKING CHALLENGE! I can’t wait to see what you make next month with Pumpkin and Cream Cheese!

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