Indulge in Decadence: Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake Recipe

Hey, foodies! Are you ready to indulge in a decadent, creamy, and chocolatey dessert that will make your taste buds dance with delight? As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I am excited to introduce you to my favorite recipe of all time – the Chocolate Glazed Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake.

This dessert is the ultimate treat for every occasion, whether you are celebrating a special day with your loved ones or simply indulging in some much-needed self-care. As the name suggests, this recipe combines the velvety smoothness of Bailey’s Irish Cream with the rich creaminess of chocolate cheesecake. The result? A unique flavor you won’t find anywhere else.

This dessert is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations or any time of year when you need to add a touch of sophistication and indulgence to your dessert table. With layers of silky Bailey’s chocolate filling and a luscious glaze made from chopped chocolate, cocoa powder, and heavy cream, this cheesecake is sure to become your new go-to recipe.

So why wait? Let’s grab our aprons, preheat the oven, and get ready for an unforgettable culinary adventure. Trust me; this Chocolate Glazed Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake recipe is worth every minute spent in the kitchen.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chocolate Glazed Bailey's Irish Cream Cheesecake
Chocolate Glazed Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake

Let me tell you right off the bat, my dear readers, why you’re going to love this Chocolate Glazed Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake recipe. It’s silky, rich, and deliciously decadent, with a perfectly balanced sweetness that will satisfy your cravings with every bite.

What sets this cheesecake apart from the others? The answer is simple: Irish cream liqueur. The addition of Baileys Irish Cream gives the cheesecake a distinctively smooth and velvety texture that pairs perfectly with the cocoa laced crust and chocolate glaze. I guarantee it will become one of your favorite dessert recipes.

Another reason to love this recipe is its versatility. This dessert is not only perfect for St Patrick’s Day , but also for any special occasion or when you want to indulge by satisfying your sweet tooth. With its signature chocolate curls and silky Bailey’s whipped cream topping, it can’t help but impress even the pickiest eaters.

But wait, there’s more! You won’t believe how easy it is to whip up this recipe featuring simple yet tasteful ingredients that are readily available at your nearest grocery store. Not to mention, it can be made ahead of time if you’re planning on entertaining guests or need it for an event.

So why wait until next St Patrick’s Day? Go ahead and give this Chocolate Glazed Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake Recipe a try. You’ll be sure to fall madly in love with it just like I did.

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven with every bite
A slice of heaven with every bite

Let’s dive into the ingredients for this decadent chocolate glazed Bailey’s Irish cream cheesecake recipe. Get ready to add these items to your shopping list![^1]

Cheesecake Crust:

  • Graham crackers, crushed
  • Sugar
  • Butter, melted

Cheesecake Filling:

  • Cream cheese
  • Sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Sour cream
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Bailey’s Irish cream liqueur
  • Cocoa powder

Chocolate Ganache Glaze:

  • chocolate chips
  • Heavy cream
  • Butter, unsalted at room temperature
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur

Optional Toppings:

  • Sweetened whipped cream
  • Chocolate curls

Get ready to impress everyone with this whipped-cream-topped dessert that is perfect for any occasion.

The Recipe How-To

 Indulge in the taste of Ireland
Indulge in the taste of Ireland

Now that we’ve discussed why you’ll love this “Chocolate Glazed Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake Recipe”, let’s dive into the recipe-how-to. Trust me when I say, the end result is worth the effort!

Gather your Ingredients

First things first, collect all the ingredients you need for making this creamy, delicious dessert. This recipe requires many pantry and fridge essentials like cream cheese, sugar, eggs, which will add richness and body to the cheesecake filling. You’ll also need some graham crackers, unsalted butter to make a crunchy base, and of course, the star ingredient, Bailey’s Irish cream.

Make Cheesecake Base

To begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Next up, create a crust by crushing graham crackers in a zip-lock bag with a rolling pin until fine crumbs are formed. Add melted unsalted butter to the graham cracker crumbs and mix them to form a wet sandy texture that will easily stick together when pressed. Using your hands or a spoon, press this crust evenly into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Freeze it for 10 minutes until it sets.

Prepare Cheesecake Filling

While your crust is setting up in the freezer, in another bowl mix cream cheese, sugar, and all-purpose flour till smooth with no lumps left behind. Mix in the sour cream and continue stirring till everything is well combined. In a separate bowl whisk together eggs one at a time before combining them with cream cheese mixture. At this point add in your key ingredient – Bailey’s Irish Cream liquor and some chunks of chocolate chip if desired.


Pour your cheesecake filling into the prepared crust and bake it in preheated oven for approximately 40-45 minutes. To make sure everything’s coming together perfectly, the center should be slightly jiggly but set around the edges.

Chocolate Ganache Glaze

After the cheesecake has cooled down, you can prepare Chocolate Ganache Glaze that will add an indulgent and sophisticated taste to this Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake. In a small saucepan bring to boil, heavy cream and Bailey’s Irish Cream liquor over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and add the chopped chocolate or chocolate chips until they are completely melted and smooth. Stir continuously! Pour the mixture over the top of the cheesecake and spread till it is covered entirely before freezing for another 15 minutes.

Now comes a truly exciting part of baking – presentation. Serve this cheesecake with silky whipped cream, garnish it with some chocolate curls, white chocolate ganache, or simply pour some Bailey’s Irish Cream liquor over it. The sky’s the limit here!

Substitutions and Variations

 This dessert is a showstopper
This dessert is a showstopper

Every great recipe has the potential for personalization and this Chocolate Glazed Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake is no exception. Here are some of my suggestions for creative substitutions and variations to play around with.

– If you don’t have graham crackers on hand, try a chocolate cookie crust made with Oreos or any other chocolate cookie. It will give your cheesecake an extra-rich chocolate flavor.

– For a twist on the traditional cream cheese filling, swap out the sour cream for Greek yogurt or mascarpone cheese. This will create a tangier, richer taste for your cheesecake. Alternatively, use half sour cream and half heavy whipping cream for a lighter, silkier texture.

– Experiment with different types of liqueur to create unique flavor profiles such as creme de menthe, coffee liqueur or even amaretto. Just make sure to adjust the measurements accordingly since different liquors vary in sweetness and strength.

– Change up the chocolate glaze by using white chocolate ganache instead of dark chocolate. It will add a creamy contrast that will balance perfectly with the richness of the cheesecake.

– Rather than making one large cheesecake, you can make mini cheesecakes for individual portions. This is perfect for parties or St Patrick’s Day celebrations where guests can grab their own!

– Finally, if you really love Bailey’s, top your cheesecake slices with a dollop of Bailey’s whipped cream and some extra chocolate curls. Trust me, this added touch will make your dessert shine!

Remember, these are just ideas for inspiration but feel free to experiment with your own substitutions and variations to create a truly unique dessert experience.

Serving and Pairing

 Chocolate and Baileys, a match made in dessert heaven
Chocolate and Baileys, a match made in dessert heaven

Once your Irish Cream Chocolate Glazed Cheesecake is baked to perfection and chilled, it’s time to slice and serve! For a fancy presentation, you can top each slice of cheesecake with chocolate curls or dust the top with cocoa powder.

This rich and indulgent dessert pairs beautifully with a cup of coffee or a glass of Baileys Irish cream, adding an extra layer of decadence. Alternatively, you can serve it with whipped cream for a lighter touch.

If you’re looking for a festive St. Patrick’s Day themed treat, dress up your cheesecake with a dollop of white chocolate ganache and some green sprinkles. This dessert is perfect for any occasion from birthday celebrations to dinner parties.

One more thing, you might want to try pairing it with another dessert like chocolate truffle or any other baked cheesecake recipe. The creamy texture of the Irish Cream Cheesecake filling complements the intense flavor of chocolate truffles perfectly.

Overall, this dessert is best served chilled and ready to impress. Enjoy every bite while savoring the silky Bailey’s Irish Cream flavors that melt in your mouth!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Let the sweetness melt in your mouth
Let the sweetness melt in your mouth

If you’re planning on making this Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake recipe for a special occasion or event, then you’ll be thrilled to know that it can be made a day ahead! This means that you can focus on other preparations and only have to worry about the finishing touches on the big day. The cheesecake will need to chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours after it’s been baked, but ideally, you should leave it overnight to set fully.

When it comes to storing your cheesecake, you’ll want to make sure that it’s covered tightly with plastic wrap and kept in the refrigerator. This will help to preserve its freshness and prevent any unwanted flavors from seeping in. If stored correctly, your cheesecake should last for up to 5 days.

If you need to reheat your cheesecake, then I recommend cutting individual slices and microwaving them for around 10-15 seconds each. Alternatively, you could let them warm up at room temperature for around 30 minutes before serving. Keep in mind that reheating your cheesecake may cause the glaze or chocolate curls on top to melt, so be careful.

Overall, this Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake recipe is perfect for those who like to plan ahead and save time on the day of their event. Just remember to store it correctly and reheat it with care if necessary!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A dessert that's worth every calorie
A dessert that’s worth every calorie

Now that you have all the ingredients and steps you need for this decadent Chocolate Glazed Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake, let me share some tips on how you can ensure that every slice of your dessert remains velvety and delicious.

1. Use Room Temperature Ingredients

Ensure that your cream cheese, eggs, and sour cream are all at room temperature before making the cheesecake filling as it ensures they’ll blend together smoothly, without leaving any lumps behind. Lumps are a big no-no when it comes to cheesecake, and using room temperature ingredients eliminates that possibility altogether.

2. Don’t Overmix the Cheesecake Filling

Don’t overmix the cheesecake filling. The more you mix, the more air gets incorporated into the mixture which can cause it to crack or sink in the middle when baking. Beat everything only until the mixture is smooth, lightly scraping down the sides and bottom of your mixing bowl with a spatula as required.

3. Use Good Quality Cocoa Powder

Using good quality cocoa powder will make a huge difference to the taste of your chocolate cheesecake. Dutch-processed cocoa powder makes for darker-colored desserts and has a smoother flavor since it’s been treated to reduce acidity levels. Natural unsweetened cocoa powder gives a lighter color and brighter flavor so choose one based on your preference.

4. Reduce Oven Temperature & Bake Slowly

When baking cheesecakes, it’s best to reduce the oven temperature; 325°F (160°C) is appropriate for this recipe. Baking slowly helps to prevent cracks from developing on top of your cheesecake.

5. Let Cheesecake Cool Gradually

Once baked, let your cheesecake cool down gradually in the oven after turning off the heat – this helps prevent cracks appearing on top of your cake while cooling down.

By following these tips, you’ll surely impress your family or guests with silky Bailey Chocolate Cheesecake at any party or gathering. Enjoy!

Bottom Line

Now, I know that reading this article has probably made your mouth water and your taste buds tingle. That’s because this Chocolate Glazed Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake recipe is truly one of a kind, combining the creamy richness of cheesecake with the delicious flavors of Bailey’s Irish Cream and silky chocolate glaze.

So if you’re looking for a way to impress your friends and family with a dessert that will have them begging for more, then look no further than this recipe. And if you’re feeling especially bold, why not try some of the substitutions and variations to make it even more unique?

With its perfect balance of flavors and textures, this Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake recipe is sure to become a staple in your dessert repertoire – or even be the star attraction at your next St. Patrick’s Day party!

So what are you waiting for? Get baking!

Chocolate Glazed Bailey's Irish Cream Cheesecake

Chocolate Glazed Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake Recipe

This is one of my all-time favorite cheesecake recipes, and I am a cheesecake lover! It was originally published in Bon Appetit about 10 years ago. It is simple, yet looks and tastes fabulous. Perfect for a holiday dessert since it can be made ahead of time. I see there are several recipes in Zaar for Bailey's Irish Cream that could be used in this recipe.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Irish cuisine
Keyword < 4 Hours, Cheesecake, Christmas, Dessert, European, Oven, Potluck, Weeknight
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Calories 684.3kcal


For Crust

  • 6 whole graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

For Filling

  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 7 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons sour cream
  • 6 tablespoons baileys irish cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For Glaze

  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 9 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • chocolate curls (optional)


  • For crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Finely grind graham crackers in a food processor.
  • Add butter and blend until combined.
  • Press crust mixture onto bottom (not sides) of a 9-inch diameter springform pan.
  • Bake crust until golden brown, about 8 minutes.
  • Remove pan from oven, and maintain oven temperature.
  • For filling: Beat cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl until smooth.
  • Beat in flour.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating just until combined.
  • Mix in remaining ingredients.
  • Pour filling into crust (cake will not fill pan).
  • Bake 10 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees.
  • Continue baking cheesecake until set, about 40 minutes longer.
  • Cool cake in pan on a rack for 10 minutes.
  • Run a sharp knife around pan sides to loosen cake.
  • Cool.
  • Chill overnight.
  • For glaze: Bring cream to simmer in a heavy medium sized saucepan.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • Add chopped chocolate (I use chocolate chips!) and stir until smooth.
  • Cool glaze to lukewarm.
  • Release pan sides from cheesecake.
  • Place cheesecake on rack set over a baking sheet.
  • Pour glaze over cheesecake, spreading with a spatula to cover top and sides, allowing excess to drip onto sheet.
  • Refrigerate until glaze sets, about 30 minutes.
  • Transfer cheesecake to platter.
  • Garnish with chocolate curls, if desired.


Serving: 150g | Calories: 684.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 33.8g | Protein: 12.2g | Fat: 61.5g | Saturated Fat: 35.6g | Cholesterol: 180.5mg | Sodium: 412.8mg | Fiber: 5.7g | Sugar: 17.8g

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