Friday, March 2, 2012

Baileys Irish Cream Cookies



Happy Friday friends!  I've been doing some major recipe testing all week, and I've got some sweet treats lined up for you in my Saint Patrick's Day series!  Growing up in a very traditional Irish family, and spending about sixteen years competing in Irish step dancing, let's just say Saint Patrick's Day is big in my family.  I'm really looking forward to sharing this series with you where I'll be incorporating products we are all familiar with, and introducing some that might be new to you.  Today I'm kicking off the series with these Baileys Irish Cream cookies.  In one word these cookies are boozylicious, and I don't know about you, but I like the sound of that!
What I love most about these cookies is that there's not just Baileys in the filling, but in the cookie dough too.  The Baileys in the sugar cookies not only adds a delicate layer of flavor, but also cuts down on the sweetness nicely.  The most important point about these cookies is to really keep an eye on them when they're baking.  When they take on a light blonde color they're done, any longer and they'll look like they spent too much time in the sun.  The filling is the perfect balance of sweet and boozy, and the trablit adds a good kick of coffee flavor.  As always, I highly recommend trablit, but you can definitely use some instant espresso powder if that's what you have on hand.
Once I filled the shamrocks, I dipped them in dark chocolate.  They were good before this, but the dark chocolate is just that extra step that ties it all together.  Finished off with some festive sprinkles, they're fitting for any Saint Patrick's Day party, or any day you feel like treating yourself!  Have a great weekend!


Baileys Cookies

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1&1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups AP flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Baileys
  1. Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
  2. Add egg and egg yolk.
  3. Mix in vanilla extract.
  4. Alternate adding in dries with Baileys till combined.
  5. Wrap cookie dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate a few hours to over night.
  6. Roll out dough & cut out cookies using a shamrock cookie cutter.
  7. Chill cookies at least 30 minutes before baking to keep their shape.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-13 minutes rotating once halfway through.  Start checking them after 10 minutes.  As soon as they get a little blonde on the edges, they're done.
*This recipe yields about 80 shamrock cookies, 40 sandwich cookies.
Baileys Cream Filling

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
  • 2 & 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 6T. Baileys
  • 2t. Trablit - you can also use instant espresso powder
  1. Cream butter and sugar, adding a little sugar at a time so you don't have a sugar shower.
  2. Add extract and Baileys.
  3. Fill cooled cookies.

84 comments:

  1. You forgot the extra shot of Baileys to sip while making these! :-) Seriously, love these. So cute and they sound totally addictive!

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  2. They are adorable! I love the sprinkles. Besides, they are dipped in chocolate so I already love them :) Thank you for sharing! Have a great weekend :)

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  3. These are too stinkin' cute! They are just adorable!

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  4. These cookies are just too cute to eat!

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  5. Yum these sound good and look so festive :)

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  6. Whoa-I was surprised at the amount of Baileys in the cookies, until I got down to where you mentioned exactly how many this makes! These must taste amazing. Also, I love how you sandwiched these and dipped them, lovely presentation. I look forward to seeing what other treats you have in store for us! Ha-I need to just make a book of your recipes it seems like I save them all. Better yet, you need to find a publisher to make a book.
    Enjoy the weekend!

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  7. Those look fabulous--the very idea of the Bailey's cream filling is making me hungry!

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  8. Step dancing!? I'm not sure I would have guessed that one in a million years! Super cute!!

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  9. These are so cute! I need to start on my St. Patty's day goodies!! Love your cookies!!!

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  10. Oh don't these sound delish! I love the shamrock dipped in chocolate and covered with sprinkles. I've never heard of tribal it, what is that? Thanks for sharing this recipe and although you've made this for St Patricks Day I think I could eat these anytime.

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    1. Thanks Vicki! Trablit is a coffee extract. You can order it from amazon.

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  11. These are awesome, Meghan! I love the dipped and sprinkled parts. Beautiful!

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  12. These look really good and so festive! Can't wait to see the rest of your irish confections!

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  13. I love these I am sure that filling is delicious... I am working on some Irish themed posts myself. I will have to think about some sweet treats

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    1. Thanks Mike! Looking forward to see what you post!

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  14. Aren't these cute! The filling sounds so yummy!

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  15. These are too cute! I want to make these for girl's night! I need to get my hands on a shamrock cookie cutter though. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  16. Anonymous3/02/2012

    -Does the alcohol cook out of them? Or are they intoxicating?

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    1. Anonymous3/04/2012

      I'm wondering this also. Are they kid-friendly?

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    2. Anonymous3/04/2012

      The alcohol should cook out of the cookies themselves but since the filling is not cooked, the alcohol would remain present. I am going to keep these cookies as a an adult only treat :)

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    3. Yes, since there is alcohol in the filling, my opinion is an adult only treat!

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  17. Oh my gosh Meghan I am loving these cookies. I am Irish as well. So excited to see what's next.

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  18. Yum, I love Baileys! Adding it to cookies is the best idea!

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  19. Wow - these are fantastic and they look adorable! I particularly like the chocolate dipping you did....brilliant!

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  20. 1/2 cup of baileys!! I'm in! These look so adorable. Love the idea of dipping it chocolate too. :)

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  21. Add my name to the list if there are deliveries to Australia :) These look so cute and the baileys sings my song.

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  22. These are so cute. I love saying these are an adult cookie. No kids allowed. This year I am really looking forward to celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Great cookie!

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  23. Yummy! I'm whipping up a batch of these soon! Officially following you now. :) Keep it up!



    Check me out at http://therumblingtummy.blogspot.com

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  24. That is a great treat for the month of March. Bravo!

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  25. These are adorable :)! I love the addition of the bailey's and the cute shamrock cutout! So perfect for St. patty's!

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  26. I LOVE Bailey's which means I also love these adorable cookies! Can't wait to see the other St. Patty's day treats you post!

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  27. Love these! St. Pats is my favorite holiday - and recipes for such. Love em!

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  28. Your photography is off the hook! I love these cookies! Congrats on the food buzz top 9! I buzzed this one!!

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  29. They look fabulous! Just the ticket I'd say. You should enter these into this months We Should Cocoa challenge too ;0)

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  30. Hoping to replicate this ultra-appropriate St. Patrick's Day cookie...Do you know where to find the shamrock cookie cutters? Online?...Thank you for sharing your creativity.

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    1. Thanks Donna! I found the shamrock cookie cutter at Michaels.

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  31. OMG these are ADORABLE! I love the Bailey's flavoring, the cute shape and the darling sprinkles. Fantastic!!

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  32. A perfect treat for St. Patrick's Day:) Congratulations on Foodbuzz Top 9!

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  33. I've never really celebrated St Patricks Day but these cookies look fantastic :) Congratulations for making it to Top 9 on Foodbuzz ~

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  34. Yum!! Those look so delish. Congratulations on the Top 9!

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  35. I'm on my way to the "spirits" store first thing Monday morning. They look wonderful!

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    1. Happy to hear! Thank you & I hope you enjoy them!

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  36. Hi Meghan, thanks for these. Was about to ask where you got the cookie cutter but see your reply, above. Think I'll find some green and white tissue paper and wrap a batch in it to give on St. Patty's day!

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    1. Thanks Cindy! Sounds like a good gift!

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  37. Hello, Meghan, as I am Irish, living (and baking) here on the Emerald Isle, I have to say I totally approve of this fantastic recipe. Well done. Must try it myself. Thanks for sharing it :)

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    1. Thanks Colette! Glad you approve!

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  38. Oh yes please! I don't have a shred of Irish in me, but I'll take some Bailey's any day of the week :) These look fantastic!

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  39. CONGRATS on TOP 9!! These are simply stunning. I am in Awww right now, and your bakings and decorating skills are just perfect in my eyes. Really does inspire me to do better for my own self satisfaction. You know what, I think this recipe will be just perfect for this weekend treat, since my mom has almost 3 bottles of Baileys. Just love Baileys with milk, chocolate and in cream too. Delish!! Cheers, Jo

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    1. Thank you Jo! So happy you stopped by & I hope you enjoy them! I love Baileys too!

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  40. What a fabulously festive idea!

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  41. I found you through foodbuzz. These cookies look so awesome! I adore Bailey's and I can't wait to try these. Word up on Top 9 too. :) I'd love for you to come by and share your cookies at my St. Patty's link party.

    http://whitelightsonwednesday.blogspot.com/2012/02/st-patricks-day-linky-party.html

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  42. Thank you so much for this recipe. I love Baileys, and these must be delicious!

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  43. Really pretty cookies!! and i love baileys, so the taste has to be awesome!

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  44. Hi, your recipe looks delicious! :) I was just wondering what's the weight of those unsalted butter sticks since i'm not sure what are you referring to.. Thank you !

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    1. Thanks Julie! The unsalted butter sticks are 4 ounces each.

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  45. I NEVER say no to a boozy cookie! :D

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  46. I am obsessed... OBSESSED I tell you! With Bailey's. Can't wait to try these out too!

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    1. Can't wait for you to try them too!

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  47. These cookies are too cute and I love the Bailey's in them! Never tried Bailey's in cookies before. Yum!

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  48. These are adorable! Booze must be in everything, I think.

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  49. Anonymous3/07/2012

    Is that supposed to read a tablespoon of baking powder or should it be teaspoon?

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  50. these sound fantastic. I've made cupcakes with Bailey's but never cookies!! what a fabulous idea.

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  51. if anyone is wondering.. i actually made these using the recipe - - and they came out fantastic!! definitely need to chill them before serving though. just a20 - 30 mins in the fridge so they cream doesnt ooze out with each bite. everyone at work totally loved them and i'll prob be making them again VERY soon seeing as its not even st patty's day. BOOZE + BAKING FTW!

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    1. Yay! So happy you liked them Anna! Thanks for the comment :)

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  52. Anonymous3/14/2012

    How much is one stick of butter?
    I want to bake these but don't want to get anything wrong!

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    1. I stick of butter is 4 ounces. Hope you enjoy the cookies!

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  53. Did you do anything special with the chocolate for dipping? I'm making these this weekend and don't want to screw that part up! Thanks!

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    1. Nope, just melted some dark chocolate I had on hand. Enjoy Christine!

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  54. These are seriously adorable!

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  55. I'm making these today! So excited :)

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    1. Awesome! Hope you enjoy them Sarah!

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  56. These are lovely! Such a pretty cookie.

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  57. Anonymous3/23/2012

    I'm making these right now (I know, a little late for St. Patty's but we had the sickies last week). By rotating the cookies when baking, do you mean flip them or rotate the pan or what? I'm flipping them. Hope that's right.

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    1. Just means rotate the pan! Hope you enjoy them!

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  58. I made these for St. Patricks day and they were a hit! Sooooo good! I just blogged about them and included a link to your post. Thank you again for the inspiration! ( I originally found your post on Pinterest;-)

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    1. Thanks for letting me know! So happy you liked them Marissa!

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  59. Anonymous10/22/2013

    Hi, Does "2t. Trablit" mean 2 teaspoons or tablespoons? Also, did you dunk the cookies into the chocolate? If so, did you put them on waxed paper to set? Thanks, Gayle

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