Baileys No-Bake Cookie Balls

Baileys No-Bake Cookie Balls are a delicious boozy treat, perfect for any celebration.

Baileys No-Bake Cookie Balls

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?).

Baileys No-Bake Cookie Balls 2

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 also 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.

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:

Shamrock sprinkles
I think I have enough to last me for a couple years now. Thank you Karyn!

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!

Baileys No-Bake Cookie Balls (boxed)
Which is too bad, since I bought little candy boxes and all. But now, I have to make 2 dozen cupcakes for a baby shower tomorrow evening. Slán!

Yield: 35-40

Baileys No-Bake Cookie Balls

Baileys Cookie Balls
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes


  • 5 C vanilla wafer/biscuit crumbs
  • 1 1/2 C powdered sugar
  • 1/2 C corn syrup
  • 1 C Baileys Irish Cream
  • 2 12-oz. bags chocolate chips or candy melts, or almond bark


  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. Combine vanilla wafer crumbs and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Add the corn syrup and Irish cream and mix well.
  3. Using a small scoop (1 Tbsp.), form the balls. Set on the parchment, and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Melt the candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave in 15-30 second increments, stirring in between.
  5. 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.

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4 Replies to “Baileys No-Bake Cookie Balls”

  1. These are just too cute! I made marshmallows today, which I swear every time I make them that I’ll never make them again. I think they definitely fall into the cakeball, etc category. :) These definitely may be worth the effort at least once!

    • Thank you! Although yes, they were a pain to make, the biggest reason I don’t want to make them again is because I keep eating them! :D I haven’t tried marshmallows yet, but I hear those are difficult too. I suppose, I’ll try anything once!

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