Enjoy the end of summer with slices of cold and refreshing Bailey’s Irish Cream Pie. A simple dessert that is a make-ahead crowd pleaser.
Where did the summer go? When we moved to the new house earlier this summer, we moved to a new town. The kids have to switch schools and I just assumed that they would go back when everyone else does. Turns out I was wrong. I looked at the school calendar and we go back before Labor Day. I just lost a week of summer. I’m one of those moms that really doesn’t love sending her kids back to school. (School supplies though – can’t get enough.)
I like having them around and the freedom that summer brings. I like being able to linger longer over a morning cup of coffee, being able to go on an impromptu adventure or explore a new place, and afternoons at the pool. I like coming into the living room and seeing them reading on the couch or in the kitchen making a snack. I just like having them around.
The school day is long and factor in football practice and after-school activities — we just don’t have a lot of time with them during the week. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t like some of the structure my day has during the school year — working from home is a lot harder over the summer — but I’d take having to put in some time in the office during the evening if it meant I could spend the day on the beach. I guess the point of this is that I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to summer just yet.
I’m going to keep summer alive for a while longer and I’m going to do that with cold slices of Bailey’s Irish Cream Pie. I always think of Bailey’s as being a winter drink, but I have to say, it is really refreshing in the summertime. And in pie form, it’s pretty amazing year-round. This is a great make-ahead dessert and great for end-of-summer parties and barbecues.
Why You Will LOVE This Recipe
- It mixes the warmth you usually associate with Bailey’s, being for me a winter drink, with the coolness of ice cream, making it a treat any time of the year
- The cookie crust. It’s chocolate, which complements the Bailey’s, plus the texture of the cookie mixes well with the smoothness of the cream. Seriously, is there anything better than cookies and cream? It’s so good, they made an ice cream out of it!
- It takes only 20 minutes to prepare and 10 minutes in the oven, which means you can be eating this yummy dessert in half an hour!
What Is Irish Cream Made Of?
There are several different kinds of Irish creams out there (just visit your local liquor store and you’ll see what I mean) but in general, this liqueur contains a blend of cream, Irish whiskey, and sugar. The ingredients are mixed then stored so the flavors mingle together. Bailey’s is perhaps the most popular Irish cream but that doesn’t mean you should shy away from trying others — alone or with this cake. Some feature wine instead of whiskey, and contain additional spices and ingredients to give the liqueur a maple flavor, for instance.
Of course. There are six-inch chocolate crusts that will work a treat if you haven’t the time to make the one included in this recipe. And if you wanted to go with something healthier, you can make a traditional pie crust but with a mix of white flour and whole wheat.
Nope. As I mentioned above, there are several different kinds of Irish creams, each with its own distinct taste. If there’s one you prefer, then by all means, give it a try.
I don’t see why not. Try some espresso powder with the mix. You’ll have to experiment with the amount, though.
How To Store Bailey’s Irish Cream Pie
Let the pie cool completely. Then cover it with plastic wrap or tin foil and place it in the refrigerator. It can be kept for up to 3 days. If you like, you can freeze the pie. Wrap it as before then place it in the freezer. It can stay frozen for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat, thaw the pie in the refrigerator before serving.
Bailey’s Irish Cream Pie
Chocolate Cookie Crust
- 25 chocolate sandwich cookies crushed
- 4 tablespoons butter melted
- 2 tablespoons Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
Irish Cream Mousse Filling
- 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 8 oz package cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/2 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream liquor
- 1/2 cup Dixie Crystals Confectioners Powdered Sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Pinch salt
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine crushed cookies, butter, and sugar in medium bowl. Press into 9-inch pie plate. Bake until set, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool crust completely.1
- Using an electric mixer, bowl and whisk attachment, whip cream on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Transfer to another bowl. 2
- Using the electric mixer and bowl, add cream cheese and beat until fluffy, about 5 minutes, scraping as needed. Add Irish cream, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt. Beat for an additional 1 to 2 minutes, or until very light and fluffy.3
- Add 1/3 of the whipped cream and fold by hand into cream cheese mixture. Carefully fold in remaining whipped cream. Fold in chocolate chips, reserving some to sprinkle on for decoration.4
- Spread filling evenly into cooled crust. Garnish with reserved chocolate chips. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 4 hours before serving.