Need something to bring as a hostess gift to a New Year's Eve party? These truffles are pretty and elegant looking and to top that all off they're spiked with some Irish Bailey's liquor. Yum! I added some pretty blue sprinkles and dipped them in another layer of white chocolate. These almost look like little snow balls. Truffle fight anyone?
I've seen a lot of people making some kind of chocolate truffles lately, and they aren't the very expensive mushrooms. You could also make these Oreo Balls too. Everybody that I offered them to, enjoyed them.Print
2 tablespoons heavy cream
7 ounces good white chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur (recommended: Baileys)
½ teaspoon good vanilla extract
½ cup chopped hazelnuts
6 ounces bittersweet or dark chocolate, chopped
Place the cream in a heat-proof bowl, and set the bowl over a pan of simmering water. Cook until heated through. Using a wire whisk, slowly stir the white chocolate into the warm cream until completely melted. Whisk in the liqueur and vanilla. Cover and chill for 1 hour or until pliable but firm enough to scoop.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
With 2 teaspoons or a 1 ¼-inch ice cream scoop, make dollops of the chocolate mixture and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes, until firm enough to roll into rough spheres.
Place the chopped hazelnuts on a sheet pan and place them in the oven for 8 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
Melt the bittersweet chocolate in a heat-proof bowl, set over a pan of simmering water.
Drizzle the melted bittersweet chocolate over 10 of the truffles. Roll the remaining truffles in the chopped nuts. Chill until ready to serve.