The ingredients are pretty simple: powdered sugar, corn syrup, pecans, shortbread cookies, Jameson Whiskey and Bailey’s Irish Cream. I went for store bought cookies because after a full day of work, an hour of Zumba, two nut bar dogs greeting me, doing dishes and making dinner – I ain’t makin’ no damn cookies!
It’s super simple – you just crush the cookies! It gets some aggression out – crush away. I then added green food coloring until it got super green.
I have a small food processor – so I popped the cookies in there quick just to even out the texture – and spread the food coloring a little more – then back to the bowl. The food processor REALLY helped even out the color – just fyi.
Then you add in the corn syrup, pecans, powdered sugar, whiskey & Bailey’s. Stir away…
You’ll come up with this super slimy and messy green “dough” – it’s super gloppy. This was by far one of the messiest recipes I’ve made – but hey – when you play with balls, you’re gonna get messy. #thatswhatshesaid.
You can’t really form balls – I just sort of grabbed a glob and dropped it in the powdered sugar. Then as you toss it around in the powdered sugar – it becomes easier to handle.
Then pop them in the fridge for about 30 minutes until they firm up and you have your Leprechaun Balls!
Just a reminder – the booze is in them so they are not kid-friendly. 🙂
Boozy Leprechaun Balls
(adapted from TheRowdyBaker.com)
Next up – CHEESE! I love cheese – I just joined Weight Watchers and am already missing cheese. I can have it – just in moderation. This recipe called for Sharp Cheddar – so I decided to go with really good cheese (not the bagged pre-shredded stuff). In the cheese case by the deli, I chose 3 packages of sharp cheddar – one from Ireland (Kelly) and two others – I wanted a mix of flavors to give the dip more depth.
Then add in a little mustard & cream – and mix that up good. I used a hand mixer (you could also use a food processor but I don’t have one). The mixer was fine and once you took it out of the cheese and kept it running – the cheesey goodness flew right off the beaters. I only flung cheese once. 🙂
After that’s all mixed together, add in 1/4 cup of Guinness Draught. I had to buy a bottle of it – it’s not my favorite beer at all – but it’s really good with the cheeses!
Once it’s all together – refrigerate overnight and you’re good. You can add garlic, salt & pepper – but I left it the way it was and served them with the new Kashi Garlic & Pesto Peta Crisps. They had a good amount of seasoning so you could keep the cheese simpler. Tasty stuff!!!!
Again – not kid-friendly…just fyi.
Boozy Cheddar Dip
(adapted from TheCurvyCarrot.com)