I thought I was still feeling warm and cozy from just celebrating Valentine’s Day with my husband. Turns out, I think it may have been the dozen of Baileys coffee truffles I ingested the day after. Maybe it was a combination. Either way, these guys aren’t for the young’uns. So sneak ’em out after bedtime!
These are the cat’s meow. The bee’s knees. The freaking best. If liqueur naturally tasted this wonderful, I would be in sooo much trouble. But seriously, my husband is hammering these down like there is no tomorrow.
There’s a reason I found that all my pictures were slanted when I went to edit them.
I feel like the unsweetened cocoa powder really helps even out the flavor of these truffles. They are so rich and sweet and the thin layer of bitter cocoa powder brings everything together.
Wesley came home and dug into these immediately. I can’t blame him since he didn’t have time today to come home for lunch. I didn’t bother telling him that the truffles had coffee in them. He’s so freaky about food. He’ll get himself worked up and disgusted before anything even hits his mouth. The look of pure enjoyment came over him. I couldn’t wait to blurt out that it had something he thought he hated in them. That was my pure enjoyment for the evening.
- 1 + ¼ cups white chocolate chips
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ¼ tsp. instant coffee
- 1 T. Bailey's Irish Cream
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
- ½ cup white chocolate almond bark
- 1 tsp. butter flavored shortening
- ¼ tsp. instant coffee
- In a medium sized microwave safe bowl, add in the white chocolate chips, heavy cream, and coffee. Stir with a spatula.
- Place in the microwave for 30 seconds on high. Stir.
- Repeat until the mixture is smooth. Mine only took 2 additional times.
- Add the Bailey's and continue to mix until incorporated.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-4 hours or until the mixture is firm enough to scoop and roll into a ball.
- Using a small cooking scoop or a spoon, scoop out the mixture. Roll between your two palms until you have a ball shape. Repeat.
- Place back in the fridge for another 30 minutes.
- Roll into the sifted cocoa powder.
- Store in the fridge.
- After placing the ball shaped mixture into the fridge for 30 minutes, melt the almond bark in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals. Mine took a minute.
- Cover the chilled balls in the white chocolate and tap off the extra using a fork. If the mixture begins to thicken up, place the chocolate back into the microwave for an additional 20-30 seconds.
- Place on a piece of parchment paper or wax paper and repeat with the rest.
- Once the chocolate had hardened, place the shortening and coffee granules in the remaining white chocolate. Place in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. If the shortening or chocolate isn't completely melted, microwave an additional 30 seconds. The coffee will not melt, The bits of granules will add a small amount of bitterness to the truffle.
Do you love or hate alcohol in your sweets? For me, it depends on the type of alcohol and how strong it is. I once had a rum cake that nearly knocked my socks off because it was so strong. The best part of that cake were the pecans that I baked in it. True story!