Love Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur? Crazy for cheesecake? Well then you have to try this Baileys Irish Cream Cheesecake! Featuring a chocolate cookie crust, creamy Baileys Irish Cream Cheesecake filling, and a thick layer of chocolate ganache. It’s out of this world flavorful! And it’s the perfect St. Patrick’s Day dessert!
Creamy Baileys Cheesecake Recipe
St. Patrick’s Day is just a few weeks away! And while I’m only a quarter Irish, it’s still one of my favorite holidays to celebrate. Why? Because the FOOD!!! No surprise there, eh? Every year I look forward to Guinness Brownies, Homemade Shamrock Shakes, Brown Butter Soda Bread, and Irish Coffee Cupcakes! And this year we have a new St. Patty’s Day dessert on the menu: Bailey’s Irish Cream and Chocolate Cheesecake!!! I’ll be in Paris with my bestie Tessa for St. Patrick’s Day, so I made this cheesecake a little early so we could still enjoy it and celebrate. Definitely worth it!
This dreamy cheesecake is super creamy yet dense, full of Irish cream flavor, and topped with a layer of Baileys chocolate ganache! But the best part? You can make this cheesecake now and freeze it for up to 2 months! But I doubt it will last that long!
Tips and Tricks for Recipe Success
Ingredients for Baileys Cheesecake:
- Cream Cheese: Full fat cream cheese is a MUST here! And be sure it’s nice and soft before making the batter.
- Sour Cream: Again, you want full fat! This gives our cheesecake that rich and creamy texture.
- Sugar: We use less sugar in this recipe than in my other cheesecake recipes because Baileys Irish Cream is quite sweet!
- Eggs: You’ll use whole eggs as well as egg yolks. As always, be sure to bring your eggs to room temperature before adding them to the batter, as cold ingredients don’t bond.
- Espresso Powder: I use this espresso powder and love the subtle coffee taste it adds to this cheesecake. If you cannot find it, it may be omitted.
- Baileys Irish Cream: You’ll need a 1/2 cup for the cheesecake batter, and a few Tablespoons for the ganache, so it’s worth investing in a full size bottle.
- Oreo Cookies: These will be finely pulsed and used for the crust.
- Butter: This will be melted and used as a binder for the Oreo cookie crust.
- Chocolate: 12 ounces of the good stuff! Use semi-sweet or dark chocolate to avoid your cheesecake being too sweet.
- And finally, heavy cream: for the ganache!
Of course you’ll also need a cheesecake pan! This 9″ Springform pan is my absolute favorite.
PRO TIP: BE SURE NOT TO OVERBEAT YOUR CHEESECAKE BATTER! THIS ALLOWS TOO MUCH AIR INTO THE BATTER, AND WILL CAUSE THE CHEESECAKE TO EXCESSIVELY RISE IN THE OVEN, THEN COLLAPSE WHEN REMOVED. TO MAKE A SILKY SMOOTH BATTER WITHOUT OVERBEATING, BE SURE TO FULLY BLEND THE CREAM CHEESE AND SOUR CREAM BEFORE ADDING THE REMAINING INGREDIENTS.
Do I have to make a Water Bath for this Cheesecake?
Yes. But I promise, it’s not as scary as it sounds. The water bath helps the cheesecake stay nice and moist! And it also ensures a crack-free presentation. The best type of pan to use for a water bath is a roasting pan or any other large pan with sides at least 2 inches high. You need a pan with high edges so you can put enough water into the pan without it overflowing. The best way to prepare a water bath is to place the wrapped cheesecake pan into the roasting pan, place the pan into the oven, and then – very carefully – add 2 inches of water into the pan. Since this recipe uses a springform pan, you’ll need to wrap the pan first with aluminum foil to prevent water from coming through the bottom. To quote Mary Berry, “nobody likes a soggy bottom!”. So play it safe and use MULTIPLE layers of heavy duty aluminum foil. You’ll want to bring the layer all the way up the sides of the pan, and in a crisscross pattern, for best results.
If you’d like to avoid making a water bath at all costs, you can place the roasting pan on the rack beneath the cheesecake. This work about 60% of the time for me. And since you’ll be covering this cheesecake with chocolate ganache, a few cracks aren’t the end of the world.
My final tip for making this luscious Irish Cream Cheesecake is to be aware of timing! This cheesecake must bake for a little over an hour, then cool in the oven, and then cool again in the fridge for 6 hours. So be sure you plan ahead when making this one!
Can I Freeze Homemade Cheesecake?
Yes, of course! Simply cool the cheesecake completely, then wrap the whole cheesecake, or slices of the cheesecake, in multiple layers of saran wrap, then place in a freezer bag. This cheesecake will keep, stored properly in the freezer, for two months.
How do you Defrost a Cheesecake?
To defrost the cheesecake, simply thaw the wrapped cheesecake in refrigerator overnight. Do not attempt to thaw cheesecake in the microwave or oven!