Irish Creme Holiday Balls

Friday, December 9, 2011
These Irish Creme Holiday Balls are no bake made with vanilla wafers, Irish cream, and just 4 other simple easy-to-find ingredients.

Although I do make my own Copycat Irish Cream, you can use any flavored liquor with my several suggestions below.

For gift-giving, store them in pretty festive tins, but they should only be left out for up to 3 days unrefrigerated, these will stay fresh for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator so be sure to store them properly.

Just scroll down for these easy printable instructions.

Step By Step Irish Creme Holiday Balls

  1. crush the vanilla wafers
  2. mix in all the ingredients
  3. roll into balls
  4. chill one hour
  5. roll into powdered sugar
One other tip, use any liquor you like Amaretto, Frangelico, Kahlua, Butterscotch Schnapps, Whiskey, or Vodka, the skies are the limit on possibilities to change the flavor

Ingredient Suggestions

  1. unsweetened chocolate powder
  2. powdered sugar
  3. vanilla wafers crushed
  4. light corn syrup
  5. Irish cream (or non-alcohol spirit liquor) see suggestions for extract substitutions below
  6. Optional: sprinkles, crushed candy canes, colored sugars, assorted nuts, powdered sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, crushed cookies crumbs, coconut, chopped dried fruits

this is a pan of homemade assorted Chocolate Irish Cream Truffles

Other Flavor Suggestions Non-Alcohol Substitutions

  • non-alcohol spirits
  • pure vanilla extract
  • orange extract
  • lemon extract
  • almond extract
  • maple extract

Other Fun Recipes

Peanut Brittle

Baked Caramel Corn

Irish Potato Candy

No-Bake Rum Balls

Easy Fudge Recipe

Salted Caramel Bites

this is coconut in a bag to shake homemade chocolate truffles into

Get Creative!

Roll them into anything you like or leave them plain, you can even dip these in melted chocolate!

Don't miss trying them with peppermint schnapps for the holiday or even a peppermint extract for that festive flavor.

Just make a list of all the flavors you love and turn these truffles into a rich decadent chocolate delight!

Irish Creme Holiday Balls

Irish Creme Holiday Balls
Yield: 30
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 10 MinInactive time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 10 M
These are no-bake Irish cream cookie balls made with vanilla wafers.


  • Irish Creme Balls
  • 1 package vanilla wafers
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4-1/2 cups Irish Creme (click here for an Irish Homemade Cream Recipe!)
  • 3 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2-1 cup crushed hazelnuts


  1. Crush wafers and hazelnuts in a food processor (or in a bag using a rolling pin till fine). Add sugar and cocoa; mix well.
  2. Blend in corn syrup and Irish cream.
  3. Cover and chill dough for an hour or overnight.
  4. Cover hands in powdered sugar and roll into 1-inch balls.
  5. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days or make ahead and freeze them.
  6. Roll in powdered sugar, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, mini chocolate chips, dip in melted chocolate, and/ or cover in Holiday themed sprinkles before serving.
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Other Candy You May Like To Try

Salted Caramel Toffee Bites
Oreo Truffles
Peanut Butter Krispies Eggs
Rum Balls
Buckeye Bars


  1. I have never made rum balls before but these sound even better. Cheers!

  2. These bonbons are a superb idea for Christmas home made gifts. Quick to prepare and mouth-watering :) I note the recipe, thanks. Have a great we, bye

  3. those are some lolcats waiting to happen!

  4. I didn't see these when I was in Ireland or I would have had to stay longer. They sound fantastic.

  5. Your cats are so adorable!
    After that last use of Irish cream in baking I am getting kind of low. Will need to get some soon if I want to be able to enjoy these goodies. i am with Jersey Girl-these do sound more tasty than the traditional rum balls-yum! Have a great day.

  6. Great treat!Your cats are so cute!!!xxx

  7. Dear Claudia, These are wonderful and sound easy to prepare. Have a blessed day my friend, Catherine xo

  8. I want come over and indulge at your home. There's always something amazing and these are such tasty presents - all wrapped up with some devilish Irish Cream.
    P.S. There's no way I could get a hat on Pippin! The photo made me smile.

  9. Yep, Fonzo and Trina are looking a bit suspicious. I think they would get along with my Rocky and Fido!

  10. Irresistible treats Claudia! And your cats are so cute! They definitely look like they were up to something.

  11. Ooooh, if I were to make these with Kahlua, they would never survive to the holidays with me and my wife around! Looks amazing!

  12. These Irish Creme balls look delicious! And Fonzo and Trina, cool cats!

  13. Delicious recipe and lovely cats.

  14. I love the cats! I have two at my house almost just like that. Frisco and Amelie. I don't think I could get them to put hats on though. I don't have Irish Cream, but I have Bailey's. I wonder if this would work well with that?

  15. I can see those disappearing in a matter of second! Yumm:)

  16. These look so delicious! They are perfect to serve at a holiday party! And they're simple, which is my kind of recipe. Haha...your cats do look a little bit tipsy :)

  17. rum balls have no appeal to me but switching it up for, these would not last long around me :) your cats are adorable! stay sane in the stores this xmas!

  18. Yum, yum, yum! I love alcohol-flavored chocolate balls!


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