Nonalcoholic Rum Balls
Let’s get ready to rum-ball . . .
Why This Recipe Works
Rum balls are usually boozy no-bake confections made by combining crushed cookies with rum and a binder. For a nonalcoholic take, we ditched the rum in favor of root beer. We tried other liquids but found that the root beer provided caramel notes similar to those in the rum. For the cookie base, we chose ground vanilla wafers for their straightforward sweet flavor. Toasted pecans added nutty depth. Light corn syrup was our favorite binder: It held the treats together without adding unwanted flavors. A quick roll in granulated sugar gave the rum balls a holiday-ready look.