Baileys Chocolate Truffles


One of the reasons that I love St. Patrick's Day so much, is that it's a great excuse for alllll of the Baileys recipes! Now you guys know that I love Baileys year-round (who doesn't!), but St. Patty's day is a perfect time to add it to brownies, cakes - and now truffles! If you're looking for an easy and delicious St. Patrick's Day dessert, these are it! Especially easy for a crowd, since all the prep is done way ahead of time!


There are many "steps" to making homemade chocolate truffles, but they're actually incredibly easy! People always seem to be impressed when I make them, and it's my little secret (that I'm now sharing with you), because they take less time than cupcakes! Plus I love playing with all the different flavor possibilities! Check out my Merlot Chocolate Truffles and Earl Grey Chocolate Truffles for inspiration!





Ingredients

1/2 cup Baileys
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

Directions

Heat Baileys in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring continuously until it reaches a low boil.

Pour the hot Baileys over the semi-sweet chocolate chips, in a heat safe bowl. Wait a few minutes, and then stir together. If the chocolate chips haven't completely melted, heat in the microwave in 10 second increments until the chocolate is smooth. Stir in salt.

Chill the chocolate mixture in the fridge for 1.5-2 hours.

Note: It's ready when you can easily roll the chocolate into balls, but it hasn't hardened so much that the chocolate can't be formed. I find that the chocolate near the edges of the bowl hardens faster, so sometimes I'll form that section into balls first, and then put the rest of the chocolate back into the fridge for another half hour.

Roll 1/2 Tbs balls of the chocolate ganache - I usually get about 30. Put the rolled truffles into the freezer for half an hour. I like to do this so they're easier to dip!

Melt the bittersweet chocolate chips in the microwave (again, in increments) until smooth.

Dip the ganache balls in the melted bittersweet chocolate. Chocolate dipping tools are super handy for this step, but you can also use a spoon or long skewer.

After dipping the truffles, put them back into the fridge until the chocolate has hardened, usually about an hour. Enjoy!


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Kirsten Bell
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