Baileys No-Bake Cookie Balls are a boozy treat, perfect for any celebration.
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.
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:
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!
- 5 C vanilla wafer 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
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.