No bake eggnog balls – an easy last minute Christmas dessert

21 Dec


Last Christmas, I discovered eggnog. You so thought I was going to write… `I gave you my heart`, didn`t you? Or am I the only Wham! Fan in the house? #surelyNot

I digress… as summer in Sydney is usually 35C we are more likely to drink juice or champagne (or both…) rather than a heavy, custard-type beverage.

But I love baking with eggnog. The slight rummy taste and notes of nutmeg make it such a festive concoction that every year, come December 1, I am stalking my local supermarkets for the first appearance on the shelf.

In previous years I have made eggnog bickies/ cookies:


and eggnog cupcakes:


This year I created an easy, no bake eggnog rum ball recipe which is perfect if you live in a hot climate like me. Avoiding the oven in summer in Sydney is a national past-time – suddenly meals are all about salads and barbecues and dip and cheese platters #OrIsThatJustMe

I will be placing these delicious no-bake alcohol-free eggnog rum balls in pretty tins and distributing to neighbours as a little Christmas gift. The sooner they are out of my fridge the better – they are very moreish and it it is hard to stop at one.



1 packet plain sweet biscuits / cookies – I used Marie

1 ¼ cups shop-bought eggnog

1 cup desiccated coconut

3 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted

1 cup shredded coconut for garnish



Place shredded coconut on a large plate, set aside.

Place biscuits in a ziplock bag and crush with a rolling pin – it is good to have a few pieces a bit bigger for texture.

Tip into a large bowl, then add in the remaining ingredients except the shredded coconut and stir until thoroughly combined. You may need a touch more eggnog to bring it all together. You have the right consistently when you can make a ball and it stays together.

Working quickly make walnut-sized balls, then roll in the shredded coconut.

Place balls in a large Tupperware container with lid and place in the fridge for at least an hour. Leave in the fridge until ready to serve.eggnog-balls-an-easy-christmas-dessert


5 Responses to “No bake eggnog balls – an easy last minute Christmas dessert”

  1. Gary Lum December 22, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

    Mum, I hope you and yours have a safe, peaceful and relaxing CNY break full of good food and drink XO

  2. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 23, 2016 at 8:24 pm #

    A very Merry Christmas to you and I hope that you have a wonderful, restful time!! 😀 xxx

  3. Starr @ The Misfit Baker January 1, 2017 at 4:10 am #

    No splash of rum?! 😉 I hope your Christmas was a merry one.

    • The Hungry Mum January 3, 2017 at 8:33 pm #

      Tempted but no 😉 I had enough grog in the Xmas trifle I made – but neglected to photograph – to keep the under 10 set woozy for a week ;0

  4. ChgoJohn January 4, 2017 at 11:53 am #

    OK. I can certainly see how a no-bake dessert would be welcomed in your part of the world, especially one this simple to create. HOWEVER, alcohol-free?!?!?!?! I fear you’re backsliding into pod-ville again.We must be careful.

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