Dia duit! This is the last of the Baileys recipes until this time next year. I have said that while I like the idea of cake pops or cookie balls, I think they’re a huge PITA to make. I’ve done cake pops…And while in theory, they’re fun, I don’t think I need to bother with them ever again. Cookie balls, I haven’t exactly made, but those Buckeyes were close enough. But throw some booze and chocolate into a dessert, and I’ll give it a shot at least once!
Baileys No-Bake Cookie Balls.
I wanted something a little different than just cookies to make with some of my remaining Baileys (besides drinking it)…And while I was going to make some Irish Cream White Chocolate Chip cookies, I decided that wasn’t quite what I wanted (although I made a version of them). The cookie balls looked like more fun (famous last words, eh?).
These were indeed a pain in the butt to make. I don’t know that I need to make them ever again, but unlike the Buckeyes, since these get covered by chocolate completely, they were a little easier to deal with. Rather than using Nilla wafers as the original recipe suggests, I went with Leibniz. I don’t know why–I just thought they might give the cookie balls a richer flavor. I decided too that I should maybe decorate the tops with shamrock sprinkles–Otherwise, how would you really know they’re a St. Patrick’s Day treat? Yeah…Note to self: You’re going to have a devil of a time trying to find Irish-themed anything (unless it has to do with drinking) in the middle of Norwegian-American central! I checked Wal-Mart. I checked Party Depot. We popped down to Sioux Falls on Saturday, and I checked Hobby Lobby. I checked Michaels, even though I’d called them a couple days ago to see if they had them. I even scoured Target, to no avail. Then, as we were ready to head back, I remembered Karyn had told me about a cake decorating store in one of the plazas, which was connected to a bridal shop. We finally found it and as we walked in the door, there they were:
- 5 C vanilla wafer crumbs
- 1½ C powdered sugar
- ½ C corn syrup
- 1 C Baileys Irish Cream
- 2 12-oz. bags chocolate chips or candy melts
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
- Combine vanilla wafer crumbs and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Add the corn syrup and Irish cream and mix well.
- Using a small scoop (1 Tbsp.), form the balls. Set on the parchment, and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.
- Melt the candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave in 15-30 second increments, stirring in between.
- Dip each ball into the chocolate and set on a piece of clean parchment paper to dry. Decorate with shamrock sprinkles, if desired. Refrigerate overnight.
They’re good, and after sitting overnight, they taste delicious. But I’m seriously never making these again. There is a reason I don’t make candies or truffles or cake pops on a regular basis!