As alcoholic drinks go, Baileys Irish Cream is one of the best…
It’s silky smooth, sweet, heady, and doesn’t need a mixer (unless you like it on ice).
But did you know that you can use it in your cooking as well? It’s an excellent ingredient for sweet, boozy desserts. It’s a great way to help use up an open bottle (if you haven’t managed to drink it all yourself, lol).
In fact, the internet is brimming with all kinds of recipes for desserts that feature Baileys Irish Cream.
So, I decided to take the time to check out a few of these recipes to decide which ones I liked the best. Tough work! Anyway, I made a shortlist of my favorite Baileys dessert recipes to share with you all, and here it is.
Hope your taste buds are ready for this onslaught!
I thought I’d kick things off with something that’s super simple, and simply delicious.
This yummy Baileys Irish Cream chocolate sheet cake recipe makes a whopping 24 servings, so it’s perfect for a party.
It’s easy to make, and the ingredients are all easy to get hold of. It’s moist and rich, and even has a Baileys and chocolate flavored frosting.
Have you ever wondered what your New York Vanilla cheesecake would taste like with Baileys Irish Cream added to it? It’s this recipe – and it’s delicious!
This recipe features a yummy chocolate sandwich cookie pie crust, and a creamy cheesecake filling made with cream cheese and Baileys, topped off with the most decadent chocolate, Baileys and heavy cream ganache.
It’s one to make ahead of time, since it has to chill for 8 hours.
Baileys Irish Cream can also go really well in chocolate muffin recipes when done right, as this recipe clearly demonstrates.
It features simple ingredients, cream cheese, Baileys, egg, milk, water, butter, chocolate, flour, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, and sugar.
It’s easy to make and is ready to eat in just half an hour. The recipe makes 12 muffins. I love to serve them with a drizzle of melted dark chocolate.
I love a good chocolate mousse dessert – it’s so much lighter and airy than a chocolate pudding.
This particular recipe uses separated egg yolks and whites for a richness and lightness that’s to die for. And the addition of baileys to both the mousse and the whipped cream topping gives an unbeatable boozy edge to it.
Should you go for brownies? Or cheesecake? My advice? Why choose?!
With this recipe, you get delicious, Baileys infused rich chocolate brownies infused with a beautiful marble-like swirl of tangy Baileys flavored cheesecake throughout.
And it’s much easier to make than you might imagine, and you can have it on the table in as little as 40 minutes. An easy and fancy dessert dish for the holidays.
How about a chocolate and Baileys version of a yummy, creamy trifle?
This recipe features a rich and creamy cheesecake filling, which is wonderfully smooth and doesn’t require any baking, together with crunchy Oreo sandwich cookie crumbs, all topped with pretty, piped, fluffy homemade whipped cream, and sprinkled with more cookies crumbs, and infused with delicious Baileys Irish Cream throughout!
No Baileys Irish Cream recipe shortlist would be complete without some cute, yummy cupcakes!
If you’ve ever experimented with Baileys in drinks, you’ve probably found that it goes particularly well with coffee, hence the Baileys and coffee flavor pairings in this recipe.
They’re much like vanilla cupcakes, but they feature both strong black coffee and espresso powder for unforgettable flavor.
Baileys Irish Cream also goes really well with marshmallows, so it may come as no surprise to you that I’ve sourced a yummy s’mores-like concoction.
This simple recipe requires just 5 ingredients, namely Baileys, crushed grahams crackers, mini marshmallows, large marshmallows, and chocolate sauce.
First layer the cracker crumbs at the bottom of a mason jar, then layer the marshmallow and chocolate sauce, before drizzling with Baileys and toasting the marshmallows with a crème brûlée torch!
I’ve shown you a Baileys chocolate brownies’ recipe already, but did you know that Baileys goes just as well in a blondies recipe, as this recipe demonstrates beyond a shadow of a doubt.
They come out soft and squidgy, with rich Baileys Irish Cream infused throughout and are studded with creamy, sweet white chocolate chips.
What’s more, they’re finished with a drizzle of icing made from powdered sugar and yet more Baileys!
Want to sneak some healthy foods into your Baileys Irish Cream dessert? Then this is the way to do it!
This recipe features healthy, creamy avocados, together with Baileys, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, melted milk chocolate chips and a dash of sea salt, to produce a wonderfully sweet chocolate mousse.
Better yet, it can be ready to eat in as little as 10 minutes!
Have you ever tried poke cake before? Poke cake basically is the term for a sheet cake that has been poked with holes, so that additional flavors can be poured over the top of it and trickle down through the holes, and get infused in the sponge of the cake.
And this version is amazing! It’s a wonderfully rich chocolate cake, with a subtle hint of Baileys Irish Cream throughout, thanks to the Baileys whipped topping poured over the cake and through the holes.
You can even use Baileys Irish Cream to make a boozy fudge!
This Baileys fudge recipe really couldn’t be more simple. You only need 4 ingredients, namely chocolate chips, sweetened milk, Baileys, and vanilla extract.
It only requires about 5 minutes of prep time, but you have to leave it to refrigerate for at least 2 hours, so it’s one to make ahead of time.
Traditionally, tiramisu is a popular Italian dessert of layered cake, that’s normally made with the likes of coffee and wine.
This version is just as boozy and delicious, but has quite a different flavor profile, thanks to the Baileys Irish Cream. So fancy!
This is another one to make ahead of time, as it needs to chill overnight.
If you want to make brownies where the flavors of chocolate, coffee, and Baileys Irish Cream are strong and clearly identifiable, then the best way to achieve that effect is with distinctive layers, as per this recipe.
These brownies are actually easier to make than you might think, and better yet, the recipe yields 36 bars, coming in at just 226 calories each.
This dessert has a bit of everything – you’ve got rich, chocolate fudgy brownies pieces, one or more scoops of your favorite, suitable, cool ice cream, smothered in the most amazing Baileys Irish Cream sauce, topped with a sprinkling of dark chocolate shavings.
The recipe doesn’t go through how to make the fudgy chocolate brownies, so try to find some store bought ones.
This is a perfect recipe for party cheesecake desserts, because rather than featuring one large cheesecake, it makes several individual mini ones.
They’re also super simple to make, and all you need is cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, Baileys Irish Cream, and chocolate chips.
What’s more, they can be ready to eat in less than half an hour!
If you’re looking for a showstopper of a cake, then turn your head this way!
This multi-layer cake combines the flavors of Baileys Irish Cream with both soft, silky, creamy mascarpone and white chocolate for a match made in heaven.
And for contrast, there’s also the most amazing milk and dark Baileys chocolate ganache between the layers!
Ice cream is such a great after-dinner treat. And rather than serve it in scoops, how about making it into a wonderful ice cream cake, as per this recipe?
It features a lovely chocolate sponge base, topped with four layers of flavored ice cream.
There’s chocolate ice cream on the bottom layer above the sponge, followed by coffee flavor ice cream, and then vanilla ice cream. It’s topped with whipped cream and a generous drizzle of chocolate and Baileys sauce!
And now for something completely different! A fun and indulgent adult-only treat combining both caffeine and booze, so you’re awake but chilled and merry.
They have an espresso layer on the bottom for depth of flavor, under a larger Baileys Irish Cream gelatin layer, and topped with a cute dollop of fresh whipped cream.
It’s simple to make, and you only need 5 ingredients, namely Baileys, coffee, gelatin, sugar, and whipped cream.
Crème brûlée is a famous French dessert dish – a creamy baked custard, with a crisp burnt sugar topping. And this take on it gives it the most sumptuous Baileys hit!
And you don’t need many ingredients at all, just heavy cream, Baileys Irish Cream, egg yolks, caster sugar and brown sugar. It takes a while to cook, but each serving is just 328 calories.
Did you know you can even use Baileys Irish Cream in cookie recipes, too?
These Baileys chocolate chip cookies come out thick and chewy, and you can really taste the Baileys all the way through. And to further enhance the flavor, there’s also such ingredients as ground cinnamon and espresso powder!
OMG – this dish is divine! You get double the booze, chocolate, and coffee to boot.
All you need to make it is Baileys, Kahula, heavy cream, powdered sugar, instant coffee, cream cheese, Oreo cookies, and chopped chocolate coated espresso beans.
And because it’s an icebox cake, there’s no baking required, leaving the oven free for the main course.
For those of you who don’t already know, a nutty Irishman is basically a cocktail that typically features Irish cream liqueur, coffee liqueur, and hazelnut liqueur, and the different flavors blend perfectly.
This dessert recipe features all of these ingredients in a yummy cupcake, topped with a lovely Baileys Irish Cream buttercream frosting.
It’s easy to make and is ready in just 45 minutes.
I just love the different flavors and textures in this recipe!
Each dream bar has a shortbread cookie crust, followed by a creamy cheesecake layer, then a layer of Baileys Irish Cream pudding, and topped with a stabilized whipped cream.
And although it has all these different sections, I can assure you that it’s fun and easy to make and assemble.
It’s one to make ahead of time, because it should be left to chill overnight.
I adore layered desserts such as parfaits! So creamy, and with different tastes and textures, too.
This particular recipe features just 6 ingredients, namely crushed Oreo cookies, milk, chopped milk chocolate, heavy whipping cream, Baileys Irish Cream liqueur, and powdered sugar.
It’s super easy to make and tastes as good as it looks. And it only needs 20 minutes of prep time. I do recommend chilling before serving, however.
These Baileys chocolate dessert pots couldn’t be easier to make – you only need 3 ingredients, namely full fat coconut milk, Baileys Irish Cream, and some dark chocolate. And it takes just 15 minutes to make!
OMG, this dessert dish has everything – it’s creamy and crunchy, and sweet yet salty.
You take a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream, top them with some crushed pretzels, preferably chocolate coated ones, and then just pour Baileys Irish cream over the top.
And now to go out with a bang! This dessert features layers of chocolate cake, along with cheesecake layers made with mascarpone cheese and Baileys Irish cream!
Can I Use Baileys Irish Cream in the Winter Cake Recipes?
Baileys Irish Cream adds a delightful touch to creamy winter cake recipes. Its smooth and rich flavor infuses the cake with a hint of warmth, making it perfect for cozy winter gatherings. Combining the sweetness of Baileys with seasonal ingredients creates a heavenly cake that will be the star of any dessert table.
Answers To Your Most Frequently Asked Questions
I am pleased to report that you sure can drink Baileys straight if you wish to!
However, it is quite high in alcohol volume, specifically 17% ABV (alcohol by volume), which is way more than beer, lager, and even wine. So you may want to add a mixer if you’re not used to that level of alcohol.
That said, it’s considerably lower in alcohol than a lot of other spirits, such as whiskey, vodka, rum or gin, which are about 40% ABV. So it’s safer to drink Baileys straight than a lot of other spirits.
Bailey’s Irish Cream is, as the name implies, a cream-based liqueur, and for that reason, there are actually very few drinks that Baileys goes well with.
I wouldn’t recommend mixing Baileys with anything carbonated or fizzy. But mixing it with flat drinks often works well, such as in coffee drinks and frappés.
I would argue that the best mixer for Baileys Irish Cream is ice. As the ice melts, it does not interfere with the delicious taste of the Baileys.
Don’t worry if you don’t have room for Baileys in your refrigerator – it doesn’t need to be stored or served chilled.
At this point, I bet you’re more than tempted to make a Baileys Irish Cream dessert. Well go right ahead and enjoy, I’m pretty sure you deserve it!