A little bite of heaven or the breakfast of champions at Christmas time!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
1 hr
cook:
10 mins
additional:
8 hrs 40 mins
total:
9 hrs 50 mins
Servings:
90
Yield:
90 1-tablespoon balls
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Ingredients

90
Original recipe yields 90 servings
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Directions

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  • Place chocolate chips and butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat; stir until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat to cool slightly.

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  • Whisk vanilla wafer crumbs, confectioner's sugar, pecans, cocoa powder, and almonds together in a large bowl; stir in Irish cream liqueur, sour cream, and chocolate mixture to form a soft dough. Cover mixture with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

  • Form mixture into balls using a tablespoon-size cookie scoop; place on a baking sheet. Place baking sheet in the freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.

  • Melt dark chocolate in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring after each melting, for 1 to 3 minutes (depending on your microwave). Do not overheat or chocolate will scorch. Using a toothpick, dip each ball into melted chocolate to coat; place on waxed paper until chocolate is firm, about 10 minutes.

  • Place balls in candy cups; store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks.

Cook's Notes:

If mixture is too wet, add vanilla wafer crumbs a few tablespoons at a time; if too dry, add more Irish cream liqueur a tablespoon at a time.

Often I will freeze the undipped balls in an airtight container and just dip as many as I need.

I use fat free sour cream with success.

Nutrition Facts

130 calories; protein 1.2g 2% DV; carbohydrates 14.8g 5% DV; fat 7.5g 12% DV; cholesterol 5mg 2% DV; sodium 36.9mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2017
Are these awesome? Yes they are! So much so that I'm perplexed at the small number of reviews. They'll be in our Christmas candy lineup from now on and probably many other occasions as well.:) I followed the recipe almost exactly. I accidentally ground a larger amount of pecans than called for but the excess amount exactly matched the amount of required almonds so it seemed like a no brainer to use all pecans instead. I used a 70% cocoa Smooth Dark Lindt bar for my dipping chocolate. It took a a bit longer to set up than almond bark but the results were worth it. Thanks for sharing this great recipe Michele! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2017
Are these awesome? Yes they are! So much so that I'm perplexed at the small number of reviews. They'll be in our Christmas candy lineup from now on and probably many other occasions as well.:) I followed the recipe almost exactly. I accidentally ground a larger amount of pecans than called for but the excess amount exactly matched the amount of required almonds so it seemed like a no brainer to use all pecans instead. I used a 70% cocoa Smooth Dark Lindt bar for my dipping chocolate. It took a a bit longer to set up than almond bark but the results were worth it. Thanks for sharing this great recipe Michele! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2017
These are fabulous! Used Baileys with caramel added. Having a hard time waiting for the chocolate to dry I've already eaten two of them. Covered with dark chocolate. Thank you for this recipe!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2015
From 12/27/12: These were great even though I screwed up. I accidentally doubled the Greek yogurt that I used for the sour cream and had to add more of the cookies nuts baileys etc. I kept them for a few days in the fridge before making the balls and freezing them. The dipping (my first attempt ever) went better than expected. I only had trouble when I tried to streamline it and toss a few balls at a time in the chocolate. Of course they started to melt so I went back to one at a time. They hardened pretty fast and I was able to "patch" any holes by dabbing my spoon of chocolate on them. I used homemade vanilla wafers and this worked out fine. I could only find semi-sweet chocolate for dipping but it was still good. We love dark chocolate so I was disappointed that I wasn't able to use it but will find it for next time. I made half a batch (until the mistake) and used about a pound of almond bark for dipping. There was some left over but I had nothing else to dip so used it up by stirring in some cashews and dropping by spoonfuls to make nut clusters.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2015
Yes loved these. We needed more chocolate to dip them in but others wise quick and easy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2018
i had this recipe in my recipe box for a very long time! i finally made them a few days ago for my family xmas get together! HUGE hit....which begs the question WHY did i wait so long! Lol Thanks the4Taals for sharing your great recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/02/2019
Very tasty. Will definitely be making these again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2019
I'll definitely make this again. I made a few adjustments only because I didn't have all the items in the recipe on hand. I used 0% Greek yogurt to replace the milk one box of Nilla vanilla wafers (after crushing) didn't quite give me the required cups so I made it up with Oreo cookie crumbs and lastly I was a bit short on Baileys and made it up with Harvey's Bristol Cream sherry. I tried one (after rolling and refrigerated) dipped in chocolate and it was heavenly. I stored the undipped ones in an airtight container in the fridge that I'll dip in chocolate and take to the pot luck Christmas tea partly in a couple days. Next time I'll make sure to have all (and enough of) the right ingredients on hand. I'm sure it'll be just as good or even better. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2017
Wow! I made these for a St. Patrick's Day event. So delicious. A little labor of love but well worth the work involved. Everyone loved them. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Read More
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