Indulge in a Rich and Creamy Irish Treat

Are you looking for a new dessert recipe to wow your dinner guests? Look no further than my Irish Cream Bars recipe! These bars are the perfect combination of sweet and creamy, with a crumbly graham cracker crust that holds it all together.

Whether you’re a fan of Irish cream liqueur or just looking for a decadent dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth, these bars are sure to impress. And with their easy-to-follow instructions and common ingredients, anyone can make them with confidence.

So grab your baking supplies, put on some music, and let’s get ready to create an unforgettable dessert that will have everyone asking for the recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Irish Cream Bars
Irish Cream Bars

Are you searching for an Irish-inspired dessert that will make you feel like you’re sipping a creamy cup of Bailey’s Irish Cream? Look no further than these delectable Irish Cream Bars. Not only are they easy and quick to make, but they are also bursting with rich flavors that will make your taste buds sing in delight.

One of the key ingredients in this recipe is the heavy whipping cream, which gives the bars a luxurious, velvety texture that will melt in your mouth. The addition of Irish cream liqueur adds a unique complexity of flavor to every bite. And if you’re worried about it being too boozy, don’t fret; the sweetness of granulated sugar and powdered sugar balance it out perfectly.

But what sets these bars apart from other dessert recipes is the versatility they offer in terms of substitutions and variations. You can swap out the all-purpose flour with cake mix to make it even more cake-like. Or you can add cocoa powder to give it a subtle chocolate twist. And if you want to take things up a notch, sprinkle some chocolate chips on top to give it an extra crunch.

Whether you enjoy it as an after-dinner treat or as a coffee dessert pairing, these Irish Cream Bars bring something special to every occasion. With their creamy filling and buttery graham cracker crust, they’re sure to impress anyone who tastes them. Trust me; once you try this recipe, it’ll become a go-to for all your future dessert cravings.

Ingredient List

 Dive into layers of creamy chocolate and delicately spiced cake
Dive into layers of creamy chocolate and delicately spiced cake

Here is a complete list of ingredients you’ll need to make these scrumptious Irish Cream Bars:

For the crust:

  • 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup of Bailey’s Irish Cream

For the filling:

  • 16 ounces of softened cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup of sour cream
  • 1/3 cup of Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

For the ganache:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons of Bailey’s Irish Cream

Consider this list as a grocery list for your trip to the store. Make sure you have all ingredients on hand before starting to bake.

The Recipe How-To

 Perfect harmony of cozy Irish cream and rich chocolate flavor
Perfect harmony of cozy Irish cream and rich chocolate flavor

Step 1: Preheat Your Oven to 350°F

Before we start, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). It’s essential to have the right temperature to achieve the perfect texture and doneness of your Irish Cream Bars.

Step 2: Prepare the Crust

For the crust, mix 1 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter (softened), and 1/4 cup of granulated sugar. Mix it together until it becomes crumbly. Please press it firmly into an ungreased 9×13-inch baking pan, building a small edge around the sides. Bake it for about 15-20 minutes until it becomes golden brown.

Step 3: Prepare the Filling

While the crust is baking, it is time to prepare the filling. Whisk together four large eggs until blended in a separate bowl. Then add one cup of granulated sugar, one cup of Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, and two sticks (1 cup) of unsalted butter (softened) using an electric mixer at low speed. Gradually add 3 cups of all-purpose flour while beating constantly until everything is well combined.

Step 4: Bake and Cool It Off

After you have mixed all the ingredients well, pour the filling over the baked crust. You can put it back in the oven for another 25-30 minutes or until set. Make sure that it doesn’t jiggle when you shake it gently as a sign that it’s ready for cooling down.

Cooling is crucial. Wait till cool enough before cutting and enjoying every bite of this amazing Irish Cream Bars recipe.

Substitutions and Variations

 Easy to make, easier to devour
Easy to make, easier to devour

If you’re looking to add your own unique spin to the Irish Cream Bars recipe, there are a few substitutions and variations you can try.

Firstly, if you don’t have Irish cream liqueur on hand, you can use Bailey’s Irish Cream instead. It has a similar taste and will work well in this recipe. You could also experiment with other liqueurs like Kahlua or Frangelico for interesting flavor profiles.

For those looking to make a gluten-free version of these bars, try using almond flour instead of all-purpose flour. You could also use gluten-free graham cracker crumbs for the crust.

If you want to make these bars more chocolatey, add 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder to the flour mixture. You could also fold in some chocolate chips into the batter for extra indulgence.

For those wanting a no-bake option, replace the cake mix with cookie mix and skip the baking step entirely. These bars will be softer and more like cookie bars than cake-like.

Finally, if you’re a fan of cheesecake, try making Bailey’s cheesecake bars by replacing one-third of the flour with cream cheese and reducing the sour cream by half. This will create a richer and creamier texture that pairs perfectly with the Irish cream flavor.

Remember, these are just suggestions for variations – feel free to get creative and come up with your own unique twist on this classic Irish dessert!

Serving and Pairing

 A bite of heaven with every square
A bite of heaven with every square

Irish Cream Bars are a scrumptious dessert that can be enjoyed on their own or paired with other treats. These bars are rich and decadent, making them perfect for a special occasion.

To add some extra flair to your Irish Cream Bars, consider dusting them with powdered sugar or cocoa powder. The snowy white powder will create a beautiful contrast against the dark brown and green colors of the bars.

When it comes to pairing these delicious bars, a cup of coffee or Irish Cream liqueur would be a perfect choice. The creamy texture and flavor of Irish Cream is an ideal match for this dessert.

If you’re in the mood for something a little more adventurous, try adding chocolate cheesecake or baileys cheesecake bars to your plate. These desserts complement the flavors of Irish Cream Bars while adding an extra dimension of richness and indulgence.

No matter what you serve with these bars, they are sure to impress your guests and make any occasion feel special. Enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Indulgence meets comfort in this delightful dessert
Indulgence meets comfort in this delightful dessert

The Irish Cream Bars recipe can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to five days, making it a perfect treat for meal prepping or potluck events. To store the bars, cover them tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place them in an airtight container.

To reheat the bars, preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the bars from the refrigerator and allow them to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes. Place the bars on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes until heated through.

If you prefer to serve the bars chilled, simply remove them from the fridge and let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.

For longer storage, these Irish Cream Bars can also be frozen. Once they have fully cooled down, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil before placing them in a freezer-safe container. The bars will keep well in the freezer for up to three months.

When ready to serve, allow the bars to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. You may reheat them according to the instructions above or enjoy them chilled.

Whether enjoyed fresh out of the oven or after being stored in the fridge or freezer, these Irish Cream Bars are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings anytime!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A treat worth celebrating, any day of the year
A treat worth celebrating, any day of the year

If you are searching for the secret to creating perfect Irish Cream Bars, then look no further. As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I have discovered some tips and tricks that will help you create a delightful dessert that will satisfy even the sweetest tooth. Let’s dive into these tips to increase your chances of making flawless Irish Cream Bars.

Firstly, when making the crust, ensure that the butter is at room temperature before mixing it with the flour and sugar. Cold butter will cause the mixture to be too crumbly, while melted butter will create a greasy base. A proper mix should resemble wet sand, where it can be molded by pressing it together in your hands.

Secondly, when baking the crust, prick it all over with a fork before putting it in the oven. This step will release any trapped air and steam formed during baking, preventing bubbles from forming on the crust’s surface.

Thirdly, do not overdo it when adding toppings or ingredients to the crust layer. Keep in mind that adding too many toppings will cause them to sink into the crust while baking. So, limit yourself on any additional ingredients that you intend to add.

Fourthly, ensure you cool the bars thoroughly before attempting to cut them into slices. Let them cool in a fridge or freezer for an hour or two before cutting them. Doing this ensures that you’ll have clean cuts without crumbling or getting sticky under your knife.

Lastly, store these bars in a closed container in your fridge if you want them to last longer than three days. This will keep them from becoming dry and brittle over time.

With these tips and tricks in mind, there is no reason why you shouldn’t make delicious Irish Cream Bars at home! Enjoy!

Bottom Line


In conclusion, having been able to experience the rich flavor and decadent texture of these Irish Cream Bars, I can whole-heartedly recommend this recipe to anyone who wants to indulge in a dessert that is both easy to make and totally worth the effort. Whether you are looking for a sweet treat to complete your St. Patrick’s Day meal, or just a rich dessert to enjoy with friends and family, this recipe is sure to become one of your favorites.

So why not give it a try? With just a few simple ingredients, and some easy-to-follow instructions, you can whip up a batch of these delicious bars in no time. And once you take that first bite and savor the creamy, chocolatey goodness, you will be glad that you did.

So go ahead and impress your guests with these irresistible Irish Cream Bars. They’re sure to be a hit!

Irish Cream Bars

Irish Cream Bars Recipe

These tasty morsels come from Betty Crocker's 2010 Christmas cookbook.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 60 Mins, Bars, Cookie and Brownie, Dessert, For Large Groups
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 dozen small bars
Calories 105.8kcal


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup irish cream
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • chocolate sprinkles, if desired


  • Heat oven to 350.
  • In a small bowl, mix 3/4 c flour,butter, powdered sugar, and cocoa with a spoon until a soft dough forms; press into the bottom of an ungreased 8 or 9 inch square pan. Bake 10 minutes.
  • in a medium bowl, beat remaining ingredients except whipping cream and sprinkles with wire whisk until blended; pour over baked layer and bake 15-20 minutes or until filling is set.
  • Cool slightly; refrigerate at least 2 hours before cutting.
  • Beat whipping cream with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Spoon over bars and top with sprinkles. store covered in refrigerator up to 48 hours.


Serving: 29g | Calories: 105.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.3g | Protein: 1.1g | Fat: 7.4g | Saturated Fat: 4.5g | Cholesterol: 28.4mg | Sodium: 44.6mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 5.7g

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