Delicious Irish Cream Balls Recipe – Perfect for Desserts!

Welcome to my kitchen, where I’m excited to share with you my recipe for Irish Cream Balls. As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I’ve always taken inspiration from the sweetest side of life. Today, I am thrilled to present to you a dessert recipe that will make your taste buds dance in delight and your heart feel warm and content – just like when you’re wrapped up in a cozy blanket on a winter’s day.

This recipe is perfect for those who love a little bit of decadence in their life, as it combines the smooth and creamy goodness of Bailey’s Irish Cream with the irresistible crunch of coconut and pecans. The texture and flavor of these delightful balls melt in your mouth like no other dessert.

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or simply looking to indulge in a sweet treat, this recipe will not disappoint. It’s simple enough for even the most novice of bakers to recreate, yet impressive enough to make your guests think that you’re an accomplished pastry chef! So grab your apron, preheat your oven, and let’s get started on this mouth-watering adventure together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Irish Cream Balls
Irish Cream Balls

Greetings my dear foodies, let me tell you about one of the most delectable treats you will ever taste – Irish Cream Balls. I promise you, this recipe is worth every single second that goes into its preparation.

Are you a fan of the rich and creamy flavor of Baileys Irish cream? Do you find yourself craving something sweet and satisfying after dinner? If yes, then this recipe is tailor-made for you. Not only does it have the distinct taste of Irish cream, but it’s also simple to make and doesn’t require any baking.

With a blend of vanilla wafers or graham crackers crumbs, Baileys Irish Cream, pecans, coconut, and chocolate chips or candy melts, this dessert will melt in your mouth like butter on a hot griddle. It feels like heaven in every bite!

If you possess any love for sweets like me, then my goodness, I assure you this recipe is going to be an instant hit. Bring it to your next potluck or gathering and watch everyone swoon at first bite. Trust me; Your family and friends will be begging for more!

So go through the recipe instructions and trust me once you have tasted these little bites of paradise, nothing else will compare.

Ingredient List

 These Irish Cream Balls are the perfect treat for any St. Patrick's Day celebration!
These Irish Cream Balls are the perfect treat for any St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

Before we start, let’s take a moment to gather all the ingredients needed for this Irish Cream Balls Recipe. You will need:

For the balls:

  • 3 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup Baileys Irish Cream
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup

For the coating:

  • 12 oz. chocolate chips or candy melts
  • 1/2 cup Baileys Irish Cream

Optional add-ins:

  • Crushed graham crackers
  • Crushed Milk Arrowroot biscuits (395g)
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Tim Tam chunks

If you want to try something different and make variations, there is always room for creativity!

The Recipe How-To

 Bite into a creamy, chocolatey delight with these homemade Irish Cream Balls.
Bite into a creamy, chocolatey delight with these homemade Irish Cream Balls.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, it’s time to dive into the recipe itself. Get ready to create some amazing Irish Cream Balls!


  • 1 cup (80ml) Baileys Irish Cream
  • 12 oz (340g) vanilla wafers finely processed in a food processor
  • 1 cup (80 ml) powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) light corn syrup
  • 2 cups (190 g) pecans chopped
  • 1/3 cup (25 g) desiccated coconut
  • 12 oz (340g) white chocolate chips or candy melts


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the Baileys Irish Cream, vanilla wafer crumbs, powdered sugar, and light corn syrup. Mix until everything is well combined.

  2. Next, stir in the chopped pecans and desiccated coconut. Use your hands if necessary to make sure everything is well mixed.

  3. Once the mixture has been thoroughly combined, use your hands to roll into small balls roughly 1 inch in diameter.

  4. Melt the white chocolate chips or candy melts according to their package instructions.

  5. Dip each ball into the melted chocolate using a fork until they are coated completely. Let them cool on wax paper until the chocolate has set.

  6. Optional Step: drizzle with an additional layer of baileys and sprinkle crushed vanilla wafer or cocoa powder over each ball.

  7. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

These Irish Cream Balls will melt in your mouth and transport you straight to Dublin!

Substitutions and Variations

 Impress your friends and family with these delicious and easy-to-make Irish Cream Balls.
Impress your friends and family with these delicious and easy-to-make Irish Cream Balls.

Friends, if you’re feeling creative and adventurous, try some of these substitutions and variations to add your own spin to these Irish Cream Balls!

Firstly, if you don’t have Baileys on hand, you can substitute with other Irish cream options such as Kerrygold or Carolans. Additionally, instead of using vanilla wafers for the cookie crumbs, try graham crackers or milk arrowroot biscuits for a different texture.

If you’re looking to switch things up in terms of flavors, why not consider adding crushed pecans or desiccated coconut into the mixture for an added crunch? Or how about mixing in some cocoa powder to give it a richer chocolatey taste?

Another way to jazz up the recipe is by experimenting with different coatings. For example, instead of chocolate chips or candy melts, try dipping the balls into white chocolate truffle mixture to create Baileys Cheesecake balls or whiskey balls.

If you’re really feeling adventurous and looking to impress your guests, consider incorporating this Irish Cream Balls recipe into a larger dessert — use them as a topping for a cake or crush them up and sprinkle over ice cream for an added sweet touch.

Remember friends, cooking is all about creativity and experimentation! So feel free to make it your own and share your unique creations with others.

Serving and Pairing

 Get ready to indulge in a rich and decadent dessert with these Irish Cream Balls.
Get ready to indulge in a rich and decadent dessert with these Irish Cream Balls.

Ah, we’ve arrived at the section where I get to share my favorite part: serving and pairing! These Irish cream balls are simply delightful when served cold, straight from the fridge. Imagine sinking your teeth into those dense, creamy chocolate bites as they melt in your mouth – heavenly!

As for pairing, I would suggest keeping it simple by serving these treats alongside a hot cup of coffee or milk. The warmth of the coffee or milk can complement the smoothness and velvety texture of the Irish cream balls. Trust me; it feels like a warm hug on a cold day.

You could also put together a lovely dessert platter with other Irish-inspired treats such as Baileys cheesecake balls or whiskey-infused chocolate truffles. These desserts pair well with a good old-fashioned stout or any Irish ale you fancy.

But before you indulge in the sweetness and comfort of these Irish cream balls, make sure to savor them slowly, allowing the complex flavors to dance across your palate before swallowing. It’s always best to take your time with dessert recipes like these – a moment to escape reality and enjoy life’s sweetest moments.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 These bite-sized Irish Cream Balls make for a delicious and impressive party dessert.
These bite-sized Irish Cream Balls make for a delicious and impressive party dessert.

Darling, once you’ve made these delectable Irish Cream Balls, you might find yourself wanting to make a few extras. Luckily, they’re perfect for making in advance and storing for whenever the mood strikes – and I promise you darling, it will.

To store your Irish Cream Balls, place them in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for up to five days. If you’d like to store them for longer, simply freeze them for up to three months in a freezer-safe container.

When it’s time to reheat your Irish Cream balls, remove them from the fridge or freezer and let them come to room temperature. You can also have a little fun by melting some extra white or dark chocolate and dunking the balls into the melted goodness to make them extra melty.

Now darling, I know you won’t be able to resist making these delightful treats again and again. Trust me, they’re worth every second of effort.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The combination of Bailey's Irish Cream and chocolate in these balls is simply irresistible.
The combination of Bailey’s Irish Cream and chocolate in these balls is simply irresistible.

Making Irish Cream Balls is easy, but there are some tips you should follow to get the perfect results. Here are some of my best tips for making delicate and tasty Irish Cream Balls.

First, make sure to freeze the balls before dipping them in the chocolate coating. This freezing will help them hold their shape and will prevent them from falling apart in the melted chocolate. You should also use candy melts instead of regular chocolate chips to coat the balls as they melt better and smoother.

Secondly, make sure to pulse the vanilla wafers in a food processor for a fine crumb texture. Pulsing until fine will help your balls roll easily without any lumps or bumps.

For a more flavorful sensory experience, try adding diced pecans or crushed graham crackers to the mixture. They are delicious and give a different texture to the Irish Cream Balls that feels like melt-in-the-mouth.

When making these Irish Cream Balls, remember that less is more with the chocolate coating. Thin layers of chocolate work better than thick ones since it enhances the flavor without overpowering it.

Finally, for those who do not drink alcohol or have dietary restrictions, you can substitute Irish Cream with milk or heavy cream mixed with your favorite extract for added flavor.

With these tips, you’re sure to have perfect Irish Cream Balls every time.


Now that you have learned how to make these mouthwatering Irish Cream Balls and served them alongside your favorite pairing, it is time to take a look at the frequently asked questions about this recipe. Clarifying these questions will help you to prevent any problems and ensure that you make the perfect Irish Cream Balls every single time. In this section, I’ll answer some common questions and provide recommendations for substitutions and variations of ingredients. Don’t forget to check out my tips for perfect results in the next section.

Is Irish cream the same as Baileys?

Irish cream usually has a basic mixture of Irish whiskey and cream. However, some brands such as Baileys incorporate additional flavors like vanilla and chocolate to enhance the taste.

What is the best thing to mix with Baileys?

Baileys, the iconic Irish cream-based liqueur, has become synonymous with versatility in mixology. Its rich and creamy texture makes it a perfect addition to a variety of beverages, including coffee, hot chocolate, cold brew, ice cream, and even tea. For those looking to explore unconventional concoctions, Baileys pairs particularly well with Guinness and Anejo Tequila. Whether hot or cold, Baileys certainly elevates the overall drinking experience, turning it into a sublime indulgence. In this article, I will share a recipe that combines Baileys with one of Britain’s beloved desserts – Bread and Butter Pudding.

What kind of liquor is in Irish cream?

Irish cream typically consists of a blend of fresh cream, sugar, chocolate, and Irish whiskey.

What type of alcohol is Baileys?

There’s a type of liqueur with a blend of Irish whiskey, cream, and cocoa that was first concocted in 1973. This creamy beverage originated in Ireland and quickly grew to become a global favorite, selling more than any other liqueur around the world. Can you guess which one it is? That’s right, it’s Baileys Irish Cream.

Bottom Line

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In conclusion, I urge you to try this delicious Irish Cream Balls recipe. With its creamy and indulgent flavour, it’s sure to become a go-to dessert recipe for any occasion. The combination of Irish cream and chocolate is simply divine, and the addition of vanilla wafer crumbs and pecans gives these balls a satisfying crunch.

Not only is this recipe easy to make, but it can also be customized with different variations and substitutions to suit your preferences. And with the ability to make them ahead of time and store them for later, they are perfect for entertaining or gifting.

So gather your ingredients and get ready to bake up some mouth-watering Irish Cream Balls. Your taste buds will thank you, and your guests will be begging for the recipe. As we say in Britain, “it’s the bee’s knees!” Enjoy!

Irish Cream Balls

Irish Cream Balls Recipe

A great Christmas cookie. Make them a week before to let the flavor develop
Course Dessert
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 15 Mins, Cookie and Brownie, Dessert, Easy, Stove Top
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 26.2kcal


  • 1 package vanilla wafer cookie
  • 1/2 cup irish cream
  • 1/4 cup milk chocolate
  • 1 cup coconut


  • Crush the vanilla wafers- a food processor is the fastest for this.
  • Melt the chocolate and add to the crushed wafers, along with the liqueur.
  • Roll into small balls and roll in coconut to coat.
  • Refrigerate to set, then pack in containers and keep refrigerated.


Serving: 127g | Calories: 26.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.5g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 2.2g | Saturated Fat: 1.8g | Cholesterol: 0.3mg | Sodium: 2.1mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 0.9g

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