Well, this week I’m a bit late in posting my contribution for the Twelve Weeks of Christmas Cookies. As we approach Christmas life just seems to pick up speed. It doesn’t help that my son has a birthday 2 weeks before Christmas and my daughter’s birthday is 3 weeks after Christmas. I always say I will be more organised so that I can enjoy this time and reflect the real reason for the season – Jesus. Life does become fast and complicated but our family and our faith is really what is important. 
So this week I didn’t make the cookie I had planned but instead I will give you an old Australian favourite – The Rum Ball!  Rum Balls make an appearance at most celebrations and definitely at Christmas. Easy to make, can be prepared in advanced, can be frozen for longer storage and delightful to eat! I always make a double batch and though these were for afternoon tea to celebrate my son’s birthday I know I will need more for Christmas.
Rum Balls
375g can sweetened condensed milk
250g plain sweet biscuits ( cookies ), finely crushed
2 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup coconut
3 tablespoons dark rum ( I like Jamaican Rum)
1/2 cup dried milk powder
extra coconut for rolling
( keep in mind the Australian tablespoon is equal to 20ml)
Combine all ingredients well. Refrigerate for an hour or two until firm. Take rounded teaspoons of the mixture. Form into balls and roll in coconut. 
YUM!    

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