This weekend we bought a new bottle of Baileys from Costco in anticipation for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s been a little while since I’ve had some and I found a newfound love for the creamy liquor. In between drinking glasses of it, I was inspired to make a few Irish cream flavored desserts, like these cookies.

As a side note, my friend from Pittsburgh is visiting and I learned that because of the alcohol laws in Pennsylvania, there’s no alcohol sold at Costco and major grocery chains. You can only purchase them from state run wine and spirit shops. I had no idea! I told him he should load up at Costco while visiting.

I wanted to keep the ingredient list simple so that the Irish cream flavor wouldn’t be overpowered. Alcohol tends to get lost when baked into the cookie dough and usually works best as a glaze on cookies but I wanted to keep these glaze free. I used some delicious cappuccino chips I bought from King Arthur’s Flour. The chips are so yummy on their own. Creamy chocolate flavored with coffee. I probably ate as many as I put in the cookie dough. They complement the Baileys cookies without overpowering the Irish cream flavor.

The cookies have a soft and chewy texture. They are simple, satisfy the sweet tooth, and easy to make. It’s a nice, quick St. Patrick’s Day dessert.

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Baileys Cookies


2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cups baileys
1 1/2 cup cappuccino chips


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with silpat mats. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg, baileys and vanilla. Add in flour mixture at low speed until dough is formed. Add cappuccino and mix on low speed until chips are mixed into dough. Roll dough into balls about 1 1/2 inch in diameter and place onto ungreased cookie sheets lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart. Press palm of hand down on each cookie, so that they form round discs.
3. Bake about 11 minutes in the preheated oven, or until light brown around the edges. Cookies will be slightly puffy when taken out from oven and will flatten after they cool.



14 Responses to “Baileys Irish Cream Cookies”

  1. Lieke — March 14, 2013 at 12:06 am

    This seems delicous! Can you maybe subsitute the cappuccino chips for something else? We don’t have them around here.

    • Kirbie replied: — March 14th, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

      Um, I’m sure you can use different chips, it will just change the flavor around. Maybe chocolate ones?

  2. Verena — March 14, 2013 at 4:49 am

    Oh my – these sound DIVINE!! Wish we could get cappuccino chips in Australia/New Zealand. Never seen them here!! Wonder if choc chips would work? Not sure if hubby would approve of seeing that much of his Bailey’s disappearing into a cookie batter though…..

    • Kirbie replied: — March 14th, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

      You could try choc chips. I’ve only seen the cappuccino ones through King Arthur’s Flour website online.

  3. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen — March 14, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Yum, these sound like the best cookies!

    • Kirbie replied: — March 14th, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

      I like how simple they are. I’ve seen Baileys cookies that use glaze on top but I really wanted these to be easy and quick to make.

  4. Justin — March 16, 2013 at 10:26 am

    I made these this week for a St. Paddy’s Day Potluck at work. Since I didn’t have Cappucino Chips, I substituted in White Chocolate, but everything else the same.

    They are amazing!

    • Kirbie replied: — March 16th, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

      Oh I was just thinking white chocolate chips would be a good substitute since the cappuccino flavored chips have a white chocolate base. So glad you enjoy them!

  5. Gillian Lawson — December 29, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Hi, my sister-n-law & I made these, today.
    They were very easy to make & we choose to use chocolate chips & they were delicious.
    Only 2 small things, we didn’t taste the Baileys :-( but we are going to make more and adjust the recipe ever so slightly.
    Plus the recipe doesn’t state how many cookies can be made. We had 3 baking trays and a total of 40 cookies ha ha

    Thank you for a very easy, quick recipe and it was so much fun :-)

    • Kirbie replied: — December 30th, 2013 @ 9:50 am

      The bailey’s flavor is quite light. The addition of the cappuccino chips help to enhance the bailey’s flavor. while chocolate chips works, the chocolate might have overwhelmed the bailey’s taste. Hopefully if you up the baileys it will help. or maybe leave out the chocolate chips.

  6. Douglas — April 16, 2015 at 7:00 am

    I made these last night and they are ridiculously good. Taking them to a cookout this weekend, I think it’s a safe assumption they’ll go over well

    • Kirbie replied: — April 16th, 2015 @ 11:39 am

      I’m so thrilled to hear that!

  7. Kim — August 10, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Hi I was just wondering where I can but the cappachino chips.  I’m in canada

    • Kirbie replied: — August 11th, 2015 @ 8:36 am

      i purchased mine online from king arthur flour

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