Red Velvet Ginger Rum Balls with Chobani Greek Yogurt

This post has a Christmas present for all my lovely readers!  Not only do you have the red velvet balls recipe, I have two other boozy balls recipe I will share!!!!  AND the two extra recipes were made by my hubby, which makes them that much more fun!!!

I haven’t let my blog sit quiet in long time, but the holiday crunch for work kept me very busy.  So to make up for lost time, I have three boozy recipes coming your way.  I realized you all have all your recipe set for the Christmas celebration.  So the next three recipes I will share back-to-back are perfect for your New Year’s Eve celebration!  Now hang tight, or grab a loaf of bread to soak up all the extra booze….

I was inspired to make the red velvet balls after watching a holiday show on The Cooking Channel, the show was a celebrity holiday cookie swap.  The recipe is for Spiced Ginger Rum balls, and they also sound pretty fantastic!  Now because it is the holidays, and red velvet is fun to make this time of the year.  I decided why not make my version red velvet?

Here is the fun addition to the recipe, instead of eggs I used my favorite baking ingredient, Chobani Greek Yogurt!  Because I was going to be adding hot melted chocolate to the mixture, I had to prevent the Chobani from curdling.  A few weeks ago I met the Chef for Chobani here in Charlotte, more on that adventure for my next boozy post!  BUT Chef Tim shared the fun secret to preventing your CHO from curdling when mixed with hot ingredients.  He said to add one tablespoon of cornstarch to one cup of Chobani, it will stabilize the yogurt, and then add to any hot ingredient.  I love how simple that is, and it has changed my life now.  Prepare for many more lovely Chobani recipes that hubby and I have been thinking about for a long time!

Red Velvet Ginger Rum Balls Bourbon Balls Frangelico Balls

Red Velvet lovers dream! Little chocolaty balls, with a hint of ginger and rum!

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

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10 oz bittersweet chocolate
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, cold, and cut into pieces
1 1/2 cups 2% Chobani Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
Heaping 1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
2 bottles of red food coloring
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup dark spiced rum
1 1/2 cup white sugar (for rolling balls)
6 ginger cookies, crumbled in food processor (for rolling balls)
1/2 tsp ground ginger (for rolling balls)
11/2 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa powder unsweetened
1/4 cup Evan Williams 1783 Kentucky Bourbon
2 Tbsp Light Corn Syrup
21/2 cup shortbread Cookie crumbs
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup Frangelico
1/8 cup brewed hazelnut coffee
2 Tbsp light corn syrup
2 1/2 cup shortbread cookies, crumbled finely


Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Spray 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray.

In double boiler, on medium heat, melt together chocolate and butter.

In KitchenAid mixing bowl, mix together Chobani, brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cornstarch together well.

Slowly add melted chocolate to batter will mixing on low speed. Next slowly add in red food coloring, and flour.

Pour batter in greased pan, and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until toothpick shows brownies almost done, but with batter still sticking on toothpick.

When brownies are finished cooking, scoop into large bowl, and spread out evenly to cool. You can blast cool the brownies in the freezer, or refrigerator. Once cooled enough to handle, add rum, and mix well.

Grind ginger cookies in food processor, or smash well in bag, the cookies need to be in fine crumbles.

On small plate, or in small bowl, mix together white sugar, ginger cookie crumbles, and ground ginger.

Scoop half tablespoon of batter, and form into ball, roll in sugar ginger mixture.

Chill in refrigerator to firm balls for about two hours.

Keep the red velvet balls in refrigerator since you have yogurt in recipe.

Recipe yields about 45 balls depending on how big you want each ball.

You can add more rum, to make the rum flavor more intense.


Mix together 1 cup of the powdered sugar with the cocoa powder until well combined.

In a separate bowl whisk together the Kentucky Bourbon and light corn syrup.

Stir the Kentucky Bourbon mixture into the cocoa powder mixture, add the cookie crumbs, and the pecans.

Stir together until combined, roll the mixture into balls.

Roll each ball in the remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and serve.

Recipe makes about 50 balls, depending on how big you make each ball.


Mix together 1 cup of the powdered sugar with the coco powder until well combined.

In a separate bowl whisk together the Frangelico, coffee, and light corn syrup.

Stir the Frangelico mixture into the coco powder mixture, add the cookie crumbs.

Stir together until combined, roll the mixture into balls.

Roll each ball in the remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and serve.

Recipe makes about 50 balls, depending on the size of each ball.



Now if you accidentally add too much booze to each recipe….that is TOTALLY okay!  BUT be safe and eat responsibly!

Do you love boozy flavored sweet treats as much as I do?

Have you baked with Frangelico before?

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  • They look fantastic! I like bourbon one slightly more though. Happy Holidays, Terra!
    • Thank you so much! I hope you have a lovely New Year:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Jennie @themessybakerblog
    Wow! What boozy ball recipe do I want to try first? Definitely bourbon. Yum! They all sound wonderful. Love that chobani tip!
    • The bourbon balls are special, they are the first boozy ball recipe we ever made....and we were instantly in love! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • ooh wow. those red velvet truffles look sooo pretty! my husband will be all over those boozy ones:) Merry Christmas:)
    • LOL! They are addicting, and delicious:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Chobani
    These look wonderful! We can never turn down a delicious truffle. Happy holidays, Terra! :) Amy @Chobani
    • Thank you so much Amy! I hope you have a very Happy New Year:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Your rum balls look delicious! Merry Christmas, Terra! :)
    • Thank you so much!! Have a very Happy New Year, Hugs, Terra
  • Terra..both balls are fantastic! In fact, I'm thinking of making the Red Velvet GB balls for New Years if I can carve out some time. Like I always say, you are so creative! I love that Greek Yogurt is such a great sub for eggs in baking apple sauce, but creamy. I hope your Christmas was amazing!! xo
    • Greek yogurt ROCKS!!! Well in my eyes Greek yogurt rocks, LOL! If you make the Red Velvet balls let me know, they are so fun, I would love to know what you thought of them:-) Thank you so much! I hope you had a lovely Christmas, and a very Happy New Year, Hugs, Terra
  • Hotly Spiced
    Yes, Terra! I do love boozy balls and I fully intended to make some this Christmas but time ran away from me. These look great and I especially would like to try the red velvet balls. xx
    • Let me know if you try the red velvet ball rum balls! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • foodwanderings
    Love these rum balls Terra, Perfect dessert bite for a New Year's Eve Party. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and wishing you and your a Happy New Year.
    • Thank you so much! I hope you have a very Happy New Year:-) Sending big hugs, Terra
  • Kate | Food Babbles
    WOW!! These all sound amazing! I think I would love those red velvet ones the best but the frangelico ones re calling my name too. Holy YUM!
    • LOL, the Frangelico ones are my favorite by far:-) Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • kitchenriffs
    These are much better than the standard recipes for rum balls! I'm going to have to try each and every one. And I know I'll have a swell time doing it! Thanks for this.
    • You do make awesome cocktails, and some would pair up perfectly with these recipes:-) I hope you have fun making them, as much as hubby and I had fun making them:-) Thank you so much, Take care, Terra
  • mjskit @
    Oh Yum!!! I'm usually not a fan of rum balls, but these look quite a bit different than the one's I'm familiar with. I have the feeling I would really, really love each and every one of these! BTW - congratulations on having gone full time with your job. Sounds like a fun and rewarding job!
  • Lillian Russo
    A yummer for sure! I love the sound of all 3 but the red velvet ones caught my eye! Great post....very unique! I love unique!
  • Amallia Eka Widyastuti
    I love rum balls...they are looks cute, some pieces for me please