Dark Chocolate Irish Cream Balls

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

This week's blog is from guest bloggers Lisa Riedl and Anna Schaber from Garnish with Lemon. Lisa and Anna love to entertain and started their blog after years of friends hounding them for recipes and seeking advice about what to serve at parties. Their no-nonsense approach to entertaining has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Kitchn, Today.com and BuzzFeed. Lisa and Anna reside in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, home to Juicy Lucys, the Mall of America and lots and lots of lakes.

Struggling for a gift idea for that hard-to-buy-for person? Some of the best gifts of the holiday season come straight from the kitchen. Every year I create a basket of delicious homemade goodies for my husband's team at work. In the past, I’ve made some our family's favorite holiday recipes, including chocolate chip cookie dough truffles, cranberry walnut bars and even all the fixings for one of our favorite cocktails, the chocolate martini. Whatever we come up with is always a hit. But this year? I’m pretty sure I’m knocking it out of the park with these Dark Chocolate Irish Cream Balls. 

If you’ve ever had a rum or bourbon ball, then you have a pretty good idea of what to expect from these no-bake Dark Chocolate Irish Cream Balls. Think of them like a cross between a crunchy nut cookie and a rich chocolate truffle. Crunchy pecans and chocolate graham crackers (I used a gluten-free version to accommodate everyone on our gift list this year) are mixed with melted chocolate and decadent Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur. The result? Bite-sized treats that are dense, indulgent and full of holiday cheer. 

Tip: I rolled these Dark Chocolate Irish Cream Balls in chocolate jimmies (sprinkles), but you can also toss them with powdered sugar or cocoa powder for a totally different look. 

Hosting a holiday party? These Dark Chocolate Irish Cream Balls are a perfect addition to the dessert buffet, too. In fact, these treats are actually better when you make them a few days ahead of time and give the flavors a chance to meld together. Pop them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to one week and you’ll have the perfect sweet and slightly boozy finish for any get-together.

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Dark Chocolate Irish Cream Balls
Ingredients:

11 ounces chocolate graham crackers

1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

1 cup dark chocolate chips

½ cup powdered sugar

¼ cup sweetened condensed milk

¾ cup Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur

Chocolate jimmies (sprinkles)

Directions:

Place graham crackers and pecans in the bowl of a food processor and process until mixture resembles coarse sand. Set aside.

Melt chocolate chips (either in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, or on the stovetop). Whisk in powdered sugar, sweetened condensed milk and Irish Cream Liqueur.

Stir together pecan mixture and Irish Cream mixture until thoroughly combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

Remove chocolate mixture from refrigerator. Use a spoon or small cookie scoop to shape into balls (about 1”-1½ “ in size). Roll balls in chocolate jimmies. Store balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Yield: 36-40 balls.