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Recipe Hidden Cherries and Rum Balls Delectable Delights At Christmas

The following two recipes are a traditional must at my house every year at Christmas time. These recipes have been passed down to me and I wanted to share them as they are easy to make, taste great, and they are no-bake recipes.

These as great to make with children as the kids love to shape and roll the ingredients in their hands. Word of caution when it comes to the rum balls though .... don't let them lick out the bowl and make sure that they wash their hands afterwards.

The hidden cherries must be stored in an air tight container, and be refrigerated. If you live in a colder climate they can be stored in a cold room.

Rum balls on the other hand only need to be stored in an air tight container. Both of these Holiday treats can be made and stored for up to three to four weeks.

Cook Time Both recipes do not require cooking

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

15 min

30 min

24-36 Hidden Cherries

Apologies for not having a photo of what the hidden cherries look like. I have not had the time to make them yet this year, but will add the photo when I do. Thanks.

Hidden Cherries


1 1/2 Cups of Icing Sugar

1 1/2 Cups of Coconut

1/2 Cup of Butter (at room temperature)

1 tsp. Vanilla

1 Tbsp. Milk

1 Jar of Maraschino Cherries (drained)

4 Tbsp. Flour

Crushed Graham Crackers


Making the dough

In a bowl cream the butter, flour, icing sugar. Add the milk and vanilla and continue to mix well. Add the coconut until everything is well mixed and resembles dough.

Let's get rolling.

Roll a small piece of dough around a well drained maraschino cherry making a small ball. I find it easiest to take a tablespoon of dough and place it in the palm of my hand flattening it out. Insert the cherry into the middle of the dough and bring the dough around the cherry. Roll in your hand. Set aside on a plate or on a piece of wax paper.

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Continue until all the dough and cherries are made into balls.

Roll the cherry balls in crushed graham crackers. Put into an air tight container between sheets of wax paper, and refrigerate. You may want to hide them as they will disappear fast. Enjoy!


Rum Balls


2 1/2 Cups of finely crushed Vanilla Wafers

1 Cup of Powdered Sugar (Icing Sugar)

1 Cup of Coarsely chopped nuts (I use walnuts)

2 Tbsp. Coco Powder

3 Tbsp. Corn Syrup

1/4 Cup of Rum (I use Bacardi, but I'm sure any type will be just as good)

How To Prepare Rum Balls

Mix the crushed vanilla wafer crumbs with powdered sugar, chopped nuts and coco powder. Then add the corn syrup and rum. Mix well. I use my hands to do this.

Shape into 1" balls and roll in additional powdered sugar.

Store in an air tight container at room temperature. I place sheets of wax paper between each row of the rum balls.

You may want to double up this recipe, and you can make the rum balls as large or as small as you like.

This recipe will make three dozen balls.

Christmas Traditional Recipes

© 2011 Susan Zutautas


Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 28, 2020:

Char, Hey there neighbor :)

Char Milbrett from Minnesota on February 27, 2020:

You have given me food for thought... Was looking through your other recipes, as well. We seem to be kindred spirits. And, I'm your neighbor in the state below Ontario!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 14, 2016:

Thanks Rebecca and Merry Christmas!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 14, 2016:

YUM is the word! Pinned and shared!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 14, 2016:

What a great Christmas gift Peg. I hope you enjoy making them and be sure to have a few yourself. Merry Christmas!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on December 14, 2016:

Thanks so much, Susan. I'm heading to the kitchen right now to prepare the rum balls for Christmas gifts. I've been looking for a great recipe like this.

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on January 24, 2012:

no problem, Susan!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 21, 2011:

PDX, These are really easy to make as you can see, thanks for popping by to have a look :)

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on December 20, 2011:

mmm. i love rum balls and i love cherries

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 17, 2011:

Sue, I woke up to snow yesterday but it all melted by noon. Looks like it's going to be the same today. Hopefully we will get snow for Christmas.

RedElf, They are good, and thanks for stopping by.

RedElf from Canada on December 16, 2011:

Sounds yuumy-licious! Thanks for sharing this great recipe just in time for the holidays.

Sueswan on December 15, 2011:

Hi Susan,

I guess the snow is on vacation. lol

I am still hoping for a White Christmas. :-)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 15, 2011:

Sue, Hate maraschino cherries, oh no :) I will have to come up with something else for you then :) The rum balls are very easy. You have a good day too, and where's all the snow...not complaining just wondering.

Sueswan on December 15, 2011:

Hi Susan,

The rum balls sound delicious and easy too make.

I am sure the hidden cherries are good too. Only problem is that I hate Maraschino cherries. lol

Enjoy your day.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 14, 2011:

Sharyn, If you make them let me know if you liked them. I'm pretty sure you will :)

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on December 14, 2011:

Hi Susan,

The hidden cherries sound delicious to me. I'll send you my address, ha. Thanks for the recipe!


Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 13, 2011:

alekhouse, It's hard to stay on a diet at this time of year with all the festive foods. Hope that you enjoy these.

Nancy Hinchliff from Essex Junction, Vermont on December 12, 2011:

I'm on a diet...but I don't care. I've just got to try both of these recipes. What did you have to go and put pictures on too???

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 11, 2011:

Tina, If you like a little something sweet these are perfect. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

alocsin and katrinasui, Thanks so much.

katrinasui on December 11, 2011:

I like chocolate covered cherries. Thanks for sharing such great recipes.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on December 11, 2011:

Sounds delicious. Voting this Up and Awesome.

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on December 11, 2011:

These recipes sound so delicious and I will definitely try them this year. Rum balls and hidden cherries are both new to me so I look forward to taste them! Thanks Susan for sharing these, it is always great to make something new!


Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 11, 2011:

Deborah, If I'm not at the computer you can find me in the kitchen as I love to cook.

Rosemay, Hope you enjoy both of these treats.

MM, Thanks :)

Movie Master from United Kingdom on December 11, 2011:

Hi Susan, now you are spoiling us! 2 recipes of sheer decadence!!

These look a real treat, thank you.

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on December 11, 2011:

Your rum balls are a very different to the ones I make so I will try your method for a change, and will definitely try the hidden cherries recipe they sound yummy

Thank you for these 2

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on December 10, 2011:

goodness you got me hungry again. I love rum balls and anything to do with cherries.. thanks for all the info. and the great article. I voted up and awesome..I cant wait to see what you cook next.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 10, 2011:

Thank you everyone.

Hyphenbird, Any day now :)

ktrapp, Yes that's correct, no baking is involved. Both recipes are fast and easy.

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on December 10, 2011:

Am I understanding it correctly that there is no baking time involved? The rum balls look delicious and easy enough to do if you're pressed for time during the holiday season.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on December 10, 2011:

My mouth is watering! So when can I expect a package in the mail? hahaha

Billi Grossman from Enchanted with New Mexico on December 10, 2011:

Thanks for something new, fun, and easy to make for the holidays.

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on December 10, 2011:

These are definitely going to be made this Christmas especially the run balls.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 10, 2011:

Both the recipes look delicious, a nice treat for the Holidays..Thank you..Cheers

SanneL from Sweden on December 10, 2011:

Thank you for sharing your family recipe with us! The rum balls looks delish and the hidden cherries sounds just wonderful. Great treats for the Holidays. I'll give these a try!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 10, 2011:

Thanks everyone for all your comments. Please do try these as they are scrumptious.

Snurre on December 10, 2011:

Yum yum yum! You bet I'll be making these this Christmas and New Year! Bookmarked.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on December 10, 2011:

These sound good and I like your clip art!

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on December 10, 2011:

These will tease my sweet tooth for sure. Thank you susan.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on December 10, 2011:

I think Im going to give these a try ---

mljdgulley354 on December 10, 2011:

Thank you for these recipes. My family likes chocolate covered cherries. Your cherry hidden cherry recipe will be fun to give out.

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