Irish Cream Coffee Chocolate Truffles

March 13, 2012

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I couldn’t let St. Patrick’s Day come and go without making something to celebrate this “green” holiday. In the past, we have celebrated with Chocolate Stout Cupcakes, and Stuffed Cabbage (I love stuffed cabbage, don’t you?).

This year I wanted to gift the teachers with a little sweet treat. With an unopened bottle of Bailiey’s Irish Cream that we received at the holidays, chocolate truffles were calling my name. Truffles are a wonderful gift because you can make a big batch in very little time. Using premium ingredients, a ganache is whipped up in minutes and then rests on the counter to cool. While this batch of ganache rested, I went for a 3 mile walk. Came home, put it in the fridge for 45 minutes while I straightened up my house.

The end results are impressive. Wrapped in pretty boxes and gifted to those that deserve them wins bonus points for weeks to come. Although he doesn’t know it, I hid a few in the back of the pantry for Levi. He is doing such a great job with the transition into a gluten free diet, that a little sweet treat is my way of showing him how proud I am of him.

Irish Cream + Coffee Chocolate Truffles
yield: 48 balls of fabulousness

10 ounces organic, heavy cream
1 vanilla bean, split, seeds removed
16 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
1/8 teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt
4 ounces Baileys Irish Cream
9 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped

• place the chopped bittersweet chocolate in a large glass bowl. place a mesh strainer over the chocolate.
• in a small saucepan, combine the heavy cream, vanilla seeds, and the pod. bring to a boil. remove the saucepan from the stove and pour the warm cream through the strainer and over the chocolate.
• let stand for 1 minute. add espresso powder and salt. using a heat proof spatula, mix until all the chocolate has melted. let cool to room temperature (about 1 1/2 hours).
• add Baileys and mix to combine.
• place a piece of plastic wrap over mixture (press the plastic wrap directly onto the chocolate) and refrigerate for 1 hour.
• using a 1 tablespoon ice cream scooper, form balls, roll in the palm of your hands, and place on a baking sheet lined with a silpat mat. when all have been rolled, place in the fridge for at least an hour.
• temper your white chocolate (you can find great instructions here). I have this tempering machine, which my kids think is a toy (lucky me).
• when the chocolate is ready, dip your cold truffles into the white chocolate, let the extra chocolate drip away and place on the silpat mat. decorate or not!
• store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

More St. Patrick’s Day Green Treats
Mint Cheesecake – Zoe Bakes
Thin Mint Brownies – My Baking Addiction
Baileys Irish Cream Cupcakes – Tidy Mom
Shamrock Macarons w/Baileys Chocolate Ganache – Raspberri Cupcakes

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kim March 14, 2012 at 4:14 am

These are so cute and right on time! I love the combination of chocolate and Baileys, so yummy!


2 Susan March 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm

such a good combo, Kim! Next time I may add a smidge more Baileys!


3 ATasteOfMadness March 14, 2012 at 7:10 am

I’m in love with baileys, these look glorious, and oh so cute 😉


4 HeatherChristo March 14, 2012 at 7:48 am

These are just beautiful Susan!


5 aida mollenkamp March 14, 2012 at 8:44 am

So festive! I’m sure the teachers will be thankful!


6 Deliciously Organic March 14, 2012 at 8:59 am

Oh yum! I need to try these!


7 Marla March 14, 2012 at 9:00 am

These are such pretty treats to celebrate St Patty’s day + spring!


8 Kristina Vanni March 14, 2012 at 9:03 am

These are almost too cute to eat! Almost…. 😉


9 Lucy Lean March 14, 2012 at 9:24 am

Yum! Big fan of Baileys any time of the year. Lucky Levi – did you stash a box for me?!!! x Happy St Patrick’s Day


10 Susan March 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm

I have a few stashed away for “moi” however I will share!


11 Nancy@acommunaltable March 14, 2012 at 10:38 am

How cute are these and I am sure they are divine with the Bailey’s!! I may have just enough time to whip up a batch for St. Paddy’s day!!


12 Susan March 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Takes no time at all, Nancy. I highly suggest!


13 Maria March 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Great treat for St. Paddy’s day!


14 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] March 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Gorgeous truffles! I bet the walk was just what you needed too.


15 OrangeLatte March 14, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Omg…these are simply cute!! Perfect for this weekend :))


16 TidyMom March 15, 2012 at 4:52 am

oh these sound AMAZING Susan! I pinned them!
thanks for the link to my cupcakes too!


17 what katie's baking March 15, 2012 at 10:33 am

omgggg… bailey’s is my alcoholic staple haha.
these look awesome


18 Kristina Vanni March 15, 2012 at 7:40 pm

The Irish Cream and cocoa powder in this sounds wonderful! How festive for the perfect St. Patricks day treat.


19 Jessica March 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm

I have got to try these! Adorable and sound absolutely delish!


20 Susan March 16, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I will try and save you one!


21 crustabakes March 17, 2012 at 5:53 am

i dont know which is more impressive. These truffles or the straightening of the house after a 3 mile walk!


22 sally cameron March 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Deadly and delicious Susan! Love how they came out. You are so creative!


23 book once everything July 31, 2014 at 8:39 am

Thanks for sharing your thoughts about candy.



24 Renelle December 4, 2014 at 5:08 pm

How much is ten ounces cups?
Ten cups, ten ounces?


25 Susan December 6, 2014 at 6:02 am

So sorry about that! It’s 10 ounces of heavy cream. These are delicious – and super easy. Thanks for pointing out the typo!


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