I’ve never been one for needing an excuse to treat myself (though I suppose that’s kind of obvious huh!) but without fail every Christmas and New Years I make several trays of Baileys Cheesecake Balls and Boozy Truffles! They just make the perfect addition to any celebration. But let’s not be fussy here, you can make these bad boys any day of the year! The best part though? They’re already gluten free and they’re super simple to make lactose free. Making my Gluten Free Baileys Cheesecake Balls suitable for all, meaning no one has to miss out!
Just what is a Baileys Cheesecake Ball?
At the festive time of the year I want delicious, show stopping and above all SIMPLE! That’s why there’s just 5 ingredients in these cheesecake balls. Now in case you’re wondering just what a cheesecake ball is, let me break it down. You’ve heard of Tim Tam balls right? Well these are my version…. just you know without those pesky gluten filled bikkies we all love.
If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know I hate the idea of anyone having to miss out (ahem, mainly me) but that means I’ve made it my mission to create delicious gluten free recipes that everyone can enjoy. Now that I’m mostly lactose free as well, it means I’m converting even more recipes. But they can’t just be good for gluten free, they have to be good for everyone!
At they’re core they’re simply gluten free biscuits of your choice, ground up and mix with cream cheese, (or lactose cream cheese) baileys and dipped in chocolate! Can you say yum?
What’s in a gluten free biscuit?
Ahhh yesss the dear old gluten free biscuit. They tend to get quite the bad wrap don’t they? But fear not it doesn’t really matter what type or flavour biscuit you use here. The cream cheese and baileys flavours override most of the biscuit flavour, so use what you can get! I’ve always been a fan of the Woollies Arrowroot biscuits but you could easily use a store bought choc creme biscuit. You’ll find plenty of choices in the gluten free aisle at your local supermarket!
To make the Baileys Cheesecake Balls lactose free as well you simply use Philadelphia Lactose Free cream cheese, dairy free chocolate such as Sweet Williams or Green and Blacks! Most of the Woolworths gluten free biscuits are also dairy free, so it’s very easy to make the switch. Keep in mind this recipe will work lactose free but not full dairy free or vegan. The vegan cream cheeses on the market simply don’t solidify enough to create the texture you want here.
Make them to suit you!
When are say these delicious bad boys are super easy to change up they really are! Not just making them lactose free or mixing up your choice of biscuit, you can also adapt the flavour. I love to make these with Baileys of course! They are Baileys Cheesecake Balls after all! But if you’d like to make them alcohol free you can just as easily. Simply swap the 60ml of Baileys to thick cream or lactose free cream. Then add a few drops of your favourite essence to add a little extra something. I love Salted Caramel extract, but there’s so many you can get these days. Check out the baking aisle at Spotlight or Kitchen Warehouse for a full range of delicious extracts and essences.
With so many options and ways you can make these your own, you definitely want to give my Gluten Free Baileys Cheesecake Balls a go for your next event.
Gluten Free Baileys Cheesecake Balls
- Food Processor
- 250 grams Plain Sweet Gluten Free Biscuits I love Arrowroot ones
- 155 grams Philadelphia Cream Cheese softened
- 60 ml Baileys see notes for alternatives
- 200 grams White or Dark Chocolate
- 1 tsp Coconut Oil
- Place your chosen gluten free biscuits into a food processor or similar and blitz for a few minutes on high or until they resemble a bread crumb consistency.
- Add the softened cream cheese, roughly chopped up and the baileys and blitz again on high until all the ingredients come together and start sticking in clumps.
- Place a piece of baking paper onto a medium size tray. Then using a teaspoon take a good heaped pile of the mixture and roll into balls.
- Place the balls onto the baking tray. Continue until all the mixture is used up. Place the tray of naked cheesecake balls into the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour to harden up.
- Once your cheesecake balls have harden it's time to dip them! Remove the tray and place onto the counter ready to go. You want to have everything at hand at this stage.
- In a pyrex glass bowl or similar microwave safe bowl, place your preferred chocolate and coconut oil. Melt in the microwave on high in bursts of 30 seconds, stirring well between each burst.
- Once chocolate is fully melted, take a cheesecake bowl and place it onto a fork, dip it into the melted chocolate mix and roll it around until all sides are coated well. Use the form to remove it from the chocolate and allow excess to drip off for a moment.
- Place the chocolate coated ball onto the tray. Continue with the others until all of your Baileys Cheesecake balls are covered. Place the whole tray back into the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes – 1 hour or until the chocolate is fully set.
- Enjoy straight away, every time you open the fridge for something or gift as gifts! You can store them in an air tight container and enjoy for a good week…. if they last that long.
- To make lactose free please refer to the blog post details above. Simply use DF biscuits and Philly Cream Cheese Lactose free with Zymil Lactose Free cream in place of the Baileys.
- Should you wish to make these alcohol free simply sub the 60ml of Baileys for the same measurement in thick cream. You can then add a 1/2 tsp of your favourite essence or flavouring for some kick and interest. I love Salted Caramel essence!