This Irish Cream Pie has a crunchy and sweet cookie crust and a rich filling of Bailey’s and marshmallow.
I may have gilded the lily here, after all Bailey’s Irish Cream is pretty darned good all on its own.
Maybe over a little ice or splashed into morning coffee.
(Weekend coffee, of course. While tempting on some work mornings, I’m sure I would never.)
My husband and do have a soft spot for Bailey’s in hot cocoa… with whipped cream and chocolate syrup. And butterscotch schnapps.
So okay: we have definitely gilded this lily before, so I am justified in doing it again with this pie.
What’s so wrong with a gilded lily anyway?
A gold-dipped flower? Gorgeous.
I also threw in some chocolate chips and a little coffee.
And some toasted marshmallows. A lot going on in this pie but I think it’s worth it! Sweet, creamy, dreamy.
If St. Patrick’s Day is approaching this pie will, of course, be a welcome dessert or tea time snack.
However Bailey’s is available year-round – and so are marshmallows and chocolate chips! So make this sweet, decadent pie any old day!
The recipe is below, and here are a few other St. Patrick’s Day recipes!
Bailey’s Sweet Irish Cream Pie
- 3 cups vanilla wafer cookies
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 6 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- ½ cup milk
- 25 large marshmallows (about 5-½ ounces)
- 1 cup whipping cream
- ¼ teaspoon cornstarch
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur
- 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons espresso or strong coffee
- 1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar
- Green decorating sugar (optional)
- Place the bowl and whisk attachment for your mixer into the freezer.
Make the crust.
- Preheat the oven to 325° Have a 9” pie plate ready.
- Grind the vanilla wafers into fine crumbs using a food processor. (if you don’t have a food processor you can crush them in a bowl using a pestle or a heavy-bottomed glass.) Add the cocoa powder to the crumbs and blend them in. With the motor running pour in the melted butter and run the food processor until the chocolaty crumbs are thoroughly saturated.
- Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate. Press them into a firm, even layer over the entire surface. Place the crust in the oven and bake for 18 minutes. Because of the chocolate you won’t be able to tell if the crust has browned but it should seem just set. Place the pie plate in a cooling rack and allow the crust to cool completely.
Toast the mini marshmallows.
- Switch the oven to the broil setting. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the mini marshmallows over the baking sheet and do your best to leave space between them. (Though they will roll a bit when you pick up the pan!) Place the pan under the broiler, set your timer for 30 seconds and STAY PUT! Literally: turn on the oven light and place your forehead against the oven door handle to watch the marshmallows: they will quickly start to brown. When they show lightly browned tops remove them from the oven immediately. Allow them to cool.
Make the filling:
- Place the large marshmallows and milk in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir the marshmallows constantly as they melt and become smooth: watch the mixture carefully to make sure it isn’t burning on the bottom. When it’s melted and smooth remove the pan from the heat. Pour the melted mixture into a heat-proof bowl, cover it and place it in the fridge to chill for 20 minutes.
- Once the marshmallow filling has cooled assemble the chilled bowl and whisk on the stand mixer. Pour the whipping cream and the cornstarch into the bowl. Beat the cream on high for about 3-4 minutes, until stiff peaks form.
- Remove 1 cup of the whipped cream and set it aside.
- Add the softened cream cheese to the mixing bowl and gently beat it into the whipped cream. Add to this the cooled marshmallow mixture and the Bailey’s Irish Cream and gently mix everything together. Sprinkle in the cooled, toasted mini marshmallows and stir them through.
Assemble the pie.
- Spoon half of the filling into the completely cooled cookie crust and spread it into an even layer. Spread half of the mini chocolate chips evenly over the filling. Spoon the remaining filling over the chocolate chips and spread it evenly to the edges.
- Take the 1 cup of whipped cream you set aside and whisk into it the espresso/coffee and confectioner’s sugar. Spread this over the top of the pie.
- Sprinkle the remaining mini chocolate chips around the outside edge of the pie, pressing them in gently. Cover the pie with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge to chill and set overnight (for at least 8 hours.)
- If you’re using the green decorating sugar, use a stencil or cookie cutter and a toothpick to trace a shamrock in the center of the pie. Carefully spoon the decorating sugar into the shape to create the shamrock.
- Slice the pie – the filling will be very soft but should stay in place when you remove the slice. Serve the slices immediately.
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This recipe was revamped and updated 3/14/2019.