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No-Bake Marzipan Rum Balls + Holiday Cookie Party (vegan & gluten-free)

Vegan & Gluten-free No-Bake Marzipan Rum Balls – perfect for the holidays! They are super easy to make and don’t require an oven. They can be made in 10 minutes.

No-Bake Marzipan Rum Balls |

Got a sec? Because I have probably the easiest cookie recipe here for you! These No-Bake Marzipan Rum Balls can be made in a couple of minutes.

They are the perfect addition to any festive cookie platter. You don’t want to miss these!

They are vegan & gluten-free and could be easily made into a non-alcoholic version (see recipe notes for alternatives).

No-Bake Marzipan Rum Balls |

You will need 4 ingredients: 

  • marzipan
  • cocoa powder
  • rum
  • shredded coconut
No-Bake Marzipan Rum Balls |
No-Bake Marzipan Rum Balls |

No-Bake Marzipan Rum Balls

Elephantastic Vegan
Vegan & Gluten-free No-Bake Marzipan Rum Balls – perfect for the holidays! They are super easy to make and don’t require an oven. Can be made in 10 minutes.
4 from 31 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine German, Vegan
Servings 15 balls
Calories 41 kcal


  • 1/2 cup marzipan (make sure it's vegan)
  • 3 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon rum*
  • 2 teaspoons shredded coconut , unsweetened


  • Mix the marzipan, cocoa powder, and rum and knead it until the whole marzipan is brown.
  • Form little balls (about 15 pieces).
  • Place the shredded coconut in a small bowl and add a few marzipan balls. Roll them around until coated evenly and repeat for the rest.
  • Store in an air-tight box or serve immediately.


*Here’s a list of vegan-friendly rums. I like to use Black Spiced Rum like ‘The Kraken’.
Use alcohol-free vanilla extract or a splash of orange juice for a non-alcoholic version.


Calories: 41kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 23mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
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Vegan & Gluten-Free Holiday Cookie Party

Together with my blogger friends, we decided it would be fun to make a Holiday Cookie Party – completely vegan & gluten-free. For this reason, everyone is sharing one of their cookie recipes. I think all turned out great and drool-worthy. The Holiday Cookie Party was organized by Rebecca (Strength & Sunshine) and Natalie (Feasting on Fruit), thank you so much, ladies! :)

vegan & gluten-free Holiday Cookie Party

1 Chocolate Candy Cane Crunch Cookies – Rebecca from Strength And Sunshine

Gingerbread Fig Bars – Natalie from Feasting On Fruit

No-Bake Marzipan Rum Balls – Bianca from Elephantastic Vegan

Chewy Gluten Free Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies – Jenn from Veggie Inspired Journey

Cranberry Chocolate Coconut Macaroons – Linda from Veganosity

Vegan Orange Cinnamon Christmas Cookies – Sina from Vegan Heaven

10 Sugar Cookie (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free) – Brandi from The Vegan 8

11 Orange Spice Cookies – Harriet from Harriet Emily

12 Vegan Cranberry Crunch Dark Chocolate Truffles – Sophia from Veggies Don’t Bite

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Recipe Rating


Monday 13th of December 2021

Yummy but I'm not sure if they should be stored in fridge or at room temp.


Monday 13th of December 2021

room temperature is fine! :)

Laura Armstrong

Tuesday 24th of December 2019

In your list of ingredients you call for Marzipan/Almond Paste. These are 2 different types of products. I bought both but after looking it up I went with the Marzipan because it is moldable. Anyone else get confused by this?


Tuesday 11th of December 2018

Wow!!!! These look amazing -definitely going on my holiday list this year! :)


Monday 4th of December 2017

85 grams of marzipan seems like ery little. Please let me know if that is correct or if it is a typo? THANK YOU1


Tuesday 5th of December 2017

Hi Wendy, just made these again and I've updated the recipe. It's now 1/3 cup = 100g of marzipan. Of course you can double or triple the recipe if you need more marzipan rum balls :)


Tuesday 13th of December 2016

Where I live marzipan is made with egg whites. No way I could find a vegan brand. What is the name of the brand you used?


Friday 16th of December 2016

wait, what? I've never even heard of egg whites in marzipan before, that is so weird! Where are you from? I'm from Austria, right next to the marzipan-inventing country, germany, so the brands stick to the traditional recipe: ground almonds, sugar and rosewater. So I just get whatever marzipan I can find in the stores (most of them are even no-brands). I've linked to a vegan marzipan product on amazon in the ingredients of the post. Also, you could even make marzipan at home with ground almonds, powdered sugar and some kind of liquid sweetener such as agave syrup, rice syrup and a splash of rosewater. I have a homemade batch of marzipan in the fridge right now - it's not as super soft and fine as store-bought marzipan but it does the trick :)