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Mini Baileys Irish Cream Coffee Shakes Recipe

If you’re looking for that special little something to welcome guests to your next party, and if you need a good excuse to buy some of those red & white paper straws that are so very popular on Pinterest and if you happen to be looking for a good reason to keep that arched candle holder that holds a gazillion tea lights then these adorable little shakes are here to save the day.

First, place about 3 cups of ice into blender and cover with about 4 cups of warm water.

Blend until slush. I use my tamper a lot for this but if you don’t have one, just stop the blending every once & awhile to shift the ice around so it doesn’t get too stuck.

Drain the water out as much as you can.

Pour two cups of Baileys Irish Cream over the ice.

Add half of a 1.5 quart container of Dreyer’s Slow Churned Coffee Ice Cream

I use Dreyer’s Slow Churned because it has great flavor and has been slow churned. Ice cream that is not slow churned is airy and would become frothy in the shake. I like a really great shake – not a frothy mess. I mean, if you’re going to splurge, you should enjoy it, right?

Blend on low and raise speed only as needed.  Blend until all ingredients are mixed together and shake looks like this. Next find every adorable mini glass or food safe tea light candle holder you own and fill with your delicious shakes. It’s okay if the glasses don’t match. That’s part of the charm… at least that’s what my friends have said.

Pull out your dusty candle holder & clean it well. Next, figure out which glasses will fit inside the candle holders. Buy some of those life-changing red & white paper straws everyone is using and cut a bunch of them in half. Finally, find some festive red & white polka dot napkins (I do love polka dots) to match, string somelights and ornaments and…

… voilà! The perfect greeting for your guests. This makes me smile. This makes me smile a lot. Happy polka dots to you!

If you would like to make nonalcoholic shakes, just substitute the Baileys with store bought Starbucks Frappaccino.

If you try this or find another creative way to display your treats this Christmas, please be sure to post pictures on our Facbook page. May you have a very creative Christmas this year.

 

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