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Triple Chocolate Party Balls

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Once upon a time, I ate a million Triple Chocolate Party Balls. And Bjork got me an iPhone for Christmas.

I downloaded my first app: Instagram. And then I fell in love with Instagram. I played for way too long with Instagram. Everything I saw suddenly became an Instagram. I dreamed in Instagram. Psychosis?

No, I didn't forget about the party balls. I'm actually eating one right now getting chocolate on my keyboard as I type this message to you. And my message is this: Merry late Christmas from the lens of my Instagram.

So... how do I transition to something serious and sad? My grandpa passed away a few months ago, so this year we celebrated memories instead of celebrating with him.

This used to be his chair on Christmas Eve. I'm actually tearing up just imagining him sitting there. I really missed him this year.

A chair next to the fire place.

And now, meet Bernie. Also affectionately known as the Love Sponge.

Puppy sleeping on a chair.

The highlight of my mall ventures this year was a brown rice sushi roll. I said brown rice. I might as well have said extra-scoop-of-ice-cream-later rice. Don't mind if I do.

Brown Rice Sushi on a platter with chopsticks.

This, I pretty much want this picture to be the wallpaper of my life. Christmas doesn't have to be over yet.

Christmas tree and Christmas decor in a house.

And yes, when I'm not stuffing my face with Triple Chocolate Party Balls I sometimes do fun and cultured things like going to the theater.


Ok, enough already. I just love Instagram but NOT MORE THAN I LOVE THESE PARTY BALLS.

Triple chocolate party balls on a white plate.

So let's talk about the Party Balls. Essentially, they're this: chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, and liqueur. You should know that I actually drink liqueur maybe once per year. But as of last week, I eat liqueur 3 times a day in Triple Chocolate Party Ball form. These are MY FAVORITE WHICH IS WHY I'M USING ALL CAPS FOR THE SECOND TIME.

Just make them, ok? And yes, you can eat them for breakfast. I've done it and I'm doing just fine. Juuuust fine.

Triple chocolate party balls on a plate and one ball in pieces on a placemat.
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Triple Chocolate Party Balls


These triple chocolate party balls are my all-time favorite party food! They're truffles made with chocolate, rum, and crushed shortbread.


  • 3 cups crushed shortbread cookies
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips or chocolate bar, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup liqueur of choice (I used rum)
  • chocolate candy coating (or almond bark) for dipping


  1. Mix dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients. Mix well until a “dough” forms.
  2. Freeze dough for 30 minutes, or until hard enough to form balls. Break off small pieces and roll between your palms until you have lots of small truffle-sized balls. Re-freeze until ready to dip.
  3. Melt chocolate candy coating in a double boiler. Dip each frozen ball in the chocolate. Set to dry on wax paper.


Liqueur suggestions: Bailey's, Kahlua, rum, or bourbon.
I like to eat these frozen or refrigerated, but you can also serve them at room temperature.
Mix it up by using white or dark chocolate! I used dark chocolate chips - yum!

  • Prep Time: 45 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chocolate truffles, chocolate dessert bites, kahlua chocolate dessert

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    Oh they look so good. Believe it or not, I *just* got done making all kinds of truffles, bites, and balls. I must have just rolled out 100+. My hands smell like PB 🙂

    I love that you used crushed cookies (I did some with crushed cookies the other day) AND that you used rum. I love making rum balls….and all balls, actually. Lol.

    But when I dip them into chocolate (if I dip them rather than just as-is)…it’s such a fussy job. If you have tips for how you do it, I’m all ears!

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      I usually use a giant glass bowl for the chocolate (I don’t have a real double boiler, and it helps keep the chocolate from spilling) and I keep the balls frozen. Then I roll them in the chocolate with a fork and lift them out, letting the excess chocolate drip out from the slats in the fork. Then I gently shimmy them onto wax paper. It’s not a perfect science, but it worked pretty well for me (and way better than trying to use a spoon – THAT was a mess)! Maybe we should have a truffle swap! Your PB ones sound delicious.

      1. Skillful Cook Logo

        That’s pretty much what I do…I actually melt in the micro b/c I dont have a double boiler either and i use the dip ‘n shimmy method, too 🙂

        I have heard about adding some shortening to the chocolate to thin it out can help but not sure if that’s really going to make a difference in the methodology used, just in maybe the chocolate itself. Shimmying still is necessary. Lol

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          I’ve heard that too, actually! One of my coworkers gets hers perfectly round and shiny with no awkward lumps and I’m pretty sure she puts a lil’ Crisco in with the chocolate.

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    Crushed shortbread cookies combined with more fat and sugar (and hooch) AND covered with more chocolate?? I think I may need to be revived. I keep fantasizing about the texture of these and have come to the conclusion that I NEEEEEEED these in my life soon.

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    Oh, wow. Those look incredible, and decadent, and dangerous. Hey – can you download a pug puppy on that iPhone? I’m so glad I have no way to access instagram. I’m pretty sure I’d stop living life and be glued to it for days. . . .

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      If you make them, then you can EAT them for breakfast! 🙂 And that’s definitely not torture.

  4. Skillful Cook Logo

    Great recipe, ill be using this tonight for the party im having. We are having a small choco off, who can make the best chocolate dish. I have a feeling ill be in 1st place! 🙂

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    What a heartfelt post Lindsay! I love your writing style 🙂
    These party balls are making me hungry for some dessert and we are just about to sit down to dinner…go figure, I am already thinking of dessert and sweets when dinner is on the table..I might just have to make these!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Thanks Denise! This recipe will definitely be coming around for many years after 2012. I LOVE them.

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      hahaha… good point. I am debating taking the last 15 of these in to work tomorrow. They’re so tempting to have sitting in the freezer!

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    I am so behind the times, I have no idea what instagram even is! You’ve definitely got me curious, I’ll have to check it out. These balls look amazing. The chocolate, chocolate and chocolate combo always works for me. 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful New Years!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      I am a regular visitor to your website and have always liked the kind of work that you do. I genuinely get new ideas and thoughts that help me a lot in my personal work as well.