Irish Cream Coffee Chocolate Truffles

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


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.

The Urban Baker /

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

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  • Kim

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

    • Susan

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

  • ATasteOfMadness

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

  • HeatherChristo

    These are just beautiful Susan!

  • aida mollenkamp

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

  • Deliciously Organic

    Oh yum! I need to try these!

  • Marla

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

  • Kristina Vanni

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

  • Lucy Lean

    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

    • Susan

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

  • Nancy@acommunaltable

    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!!

    • Susan

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

  • Maria

    Great treat for St. Paddy’s day!

  • Reply

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

  • OrangeLatte

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

  • TidyMom

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

  • what katie's baking

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

  • Kristina Vanni

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

  • Jessica

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

    • Susan

      I will try and save you one!

  • crustabakes

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

  • sally cameron

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

  • book once everything

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about candy.


  • Renelle

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

    • Susan

      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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