Bailey’s Irish Cream and Coffee Cheesecake {recipe} – It’s OK to Have Bailey’s for Breakfast

Baileys Irish Cream and Coffee Swirled Cheesecake
I’ve said many times before how much of a baker I am not, but for some reason, I found myself on a wild baking spree while spending a few days at my parents’ house. Cookies continue to challenge my self-confidence in the kitchen, but cheesecakes are a little easier. Measurements are very forgiving in a cheesecake batter, so the only real complexity lies in the actual baking. You shouldn’t overbake, which poses no problem because I have this, shall I say, “habit” of obsessively cracking open the oven door and peeking. It doesn’t matter if the oven has a front window and interior lights.

bailey's irish cream

I baked a Bailey’s Irish Cream and Coffee Cheesecake, intending first to make a cheesecake simply flavored with Irish Cream, but coffee entered the equation when Mom demanded, “Add coffee!” Is the woman brilliant or what? I had to obey. The cheesecake came out with ugly, pock-marked and scarred sides, but it was pretty on top. The darker coffee in sweeping swirls with the lighter Irish Cream was like a softer, warmer, lighter yin yang that’s been stretched and draped over the chaise lounge in front of the fireplace. Mom and I impatienty cut a tiny sliver out of the cake before it was chilled and set, and durned it, Mom was right about adding that coffee.

My Mom is the indirect subject of a lot of my musings here on The Delicious Life, but I can’t help bringing her up. She is a badass golfer, she is responsible for a lot of who and what I am, and when it comes right down to it, she leads a hell of a lot more exciting life than I do.

Her awesomeness is enough to give me a complex, but it doesn’t because that’s how awesome she is. Besides, if I told my Mom I needed therapy, she’d kick my ass. In a loving way, of course.

What makes my Mom awesome (besides golf and beer) is something I can’t just label with a single word or even phrase. It’s just the way she is, what she says, and how she makes me feel, that are all just so her. Awesome.

Ok, this is why Mom is awesome.

We had dinner guests. For dessert, we served the cheesecake, minus the little sliver we had taste-tested. I was nervous at first, but they absolutely loved it. (Yes, of course I know they were being polite, but I can pretend, okay?) When the time came for them to leave, Mom disappeared into the kitchen, and in true Korean ah-joo-mah form, she wrapped up the rest of the cheesecake for them to take home. I was flattered that they liked it, I was flattered that my Mom thought it was decent enough to give to her guests, but I was a little disappointed that she gave it all away. I’ve bemoaned the diet-threatening dearth of people to eat the things I bake, and here I was on the other end, bemoaning all the same. Oh, well, when it rains it pours, and when it’s cheesecake, it’s gone.

bailey's irish cream cheesecake slice

The next morning , I walked into the kitchen and found my Mom sitting on a stool bent over the counter.

“Mom! What are you eating?!?!”

My Mom was eating a huge swirly piece of the Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake!

“I didn’t give them all of it, Sarah. Am I crazy? I love eye-lish cleem.” She was laughing. That meant she liked it, and I felt good.


“Mom! It’s not even eight o’clock in the morning and you’re eating a piece of cheesecake!”

“Sarah,” she said in her most I’m-the-mother-you’e-the-daughter voice, “It has coffee in it.”

I don’t know why that made perfect sense to me, and why the fact that it was cheesecake in the morning raised an eyebrow but Irish Cream in the morning did not.

Isn’t my Mom awesome?
bailey's irish cream and coffee chaeesecake

Bailey’s Irish Cream and Coffee Cheesecake Recipe

Bailey’s Irish Cream and Coffee Cheesecake Ingredients:

1½ c. graham cracker crumbs
6 T. melted butter
¼ c. granulated sugar
4 8 oz. packages cream cheese
1 c. granulated sugar
1 t. vanilla
4 eggs
1 T. instant coffee dissolved in 1 T. hot water
¼ – 1/2 c. Bailey’s Irish Cream

Bailey’s Irish Cream and Coffee Cheesecake Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Stir together 1½ c. graham cracker crumbs, 6 T. melted butter, and ¼ c. granulated sugar.

Press crumbs onto bottom of springform pan (I used 10”, but if you use a smaller one, your crust and cheesecake will just behigher) Bake for 8-10 minutes until toasted golden brown. Remove, and let cool while preparing filling.

Beat 4 8 oz. packages cream cheese that have been softened to room temperature with 1 c. granulated sugar until smooth and creamy. Add 1 t. vanilla and beat in 4 eggs, one at a time.

Pour half the cheesecake filling into a separate bowl. To half of the batter, add 1 T. instant coffee dissolved in 1 T. hot water. To the other half of the batter, add ¼ – 1/2 c. Bailey’s Irish Cream, depending on how strongly Irish Creamy you want it.

Pour half of the Irish Cream filling into the crust. Very slowly, pour half of the coffee filling over the coffee filling. Repeat with the remaining halves of the Irish Cream and coffee fillings.

Gently run a spoon from the bottom of the filling to top without touching the crust to create a swirl.

Bake in preheated oven for 35-45 minutes, until center is barely set.

Remove from oven, run a knife around the edge to loosen it from the sides of the springform pan, and let cool completely in the pan.

Resources Around the Web for Irish Cream Cheesecakes:
~ a whole list of Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecakes on
~ on, an Irish Cream Cheesecake with Chocolate
~ another Irish Cream Cheesecake with chocolate, from a famous brand in baking
~ uses gelatin for texture in their Irish Cream Cheesecake

** this post originally published December 2005 **

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  • djjewelz

    I’d like to purchase a slice of that cheesecake please, I can paypal. :)

  • Stephanie

    I think I’d love to know your Mom!

    And hey…Merry Christmas, or whatever you celebrate…

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  • BoLA

    I think your mom’s awesome too! ;)

  • Anonymous

    can you post the recipe? pretty please – thanks!

  • Mel CH

    I’d sure to love to have some of your cheesecake for breakfast, too.

  • Lourdes

    I´d like the recipe too… regards

  • hermz

    That’s TFB.

  • uberbeth

    Please please please post that recipe :) This sounds perfect for a St. Paddy’s day party!

  • michelle @ TNS

    your mom IS awesome, and so is that cheese cake, and i’ll take 2 please.

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to try this with Harvest Grand Pumpkin Spice Cream Liqueur.

  • Michelle

    AHHHH. How how HOW on earth could you write such a tempting entry and fail to deliver the recipe!!??!?!! I’m dying inside!!! Please post!

  • RecipeGirl

    Perfect for morning w/ coffee in it. Mom is right :)

  • amy

    Hi Sarah!

    FYI I’m following you on twitter!


  • Richard

    Alcohol in food is undervalued. Cheesecake in the morning is underestimated.
    Alcoholic cheesecake in the morning is bliss.

    Great Post

  • Anonymous

    Your mom rocks the awesome boat – and yes that’s a good thing!


  • Hayley

    Your cheesecake looks beautiful! I love that swirl. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  • Sara Reddy Coyne

    What is it about moms who drink beer that delights me so? There’s something so unexpected and ballsy about it. Don’t know why.

    And baileys cheesecake is ALWAYS better the next day, so your mom is smart AND awesome.

  • Kevin

    That coffeecake looks so good!

  • Dawn

    I always open the darn oven door and peek, I have to stop that! Well, for not being a baker you certainly made a perfect cheesecake.

  • SinoSoul

    i refuse to actually use my oven but.. this.. my god..

    may make me break down. thanks.

  • SinoSoul

    i refuse to actually use my oven but.. this.. my god..

    may make me break down. thanks.

  • Anna

    Another AWESOME cheesecake recipe for me to try!!! Can’t wait to bake it!!! Yummy!

  • Grubtrotters

    I always peek when cooking, too. Looks delish.

  • heartkorean

    not much of a baker??? that cake is a work of art.

  • Protandim Longevity

    You are so decadent. Thank you!

  • dessertobsessed

    hahaha i love your mom! and bailey’s for breakfast sounds awesome

  • VeganWoman

    If I wasn’t vegan I would be all over that!

  • Hillary

    Yum!! Bailey’s in ANYTHING is amazing but this cheesecake looks great. Did you see/try these?

  • Kimmie

    There’s something about peeking in an oven that just completes the image of what you’re about to eat – you have to!

  • Dave Jones

    That cake sounds delicious.

  • yoigiwan

    Fantastic pictures. Do you take these yourself?


  • MsGourmet

    Your mama’s a smart women ;)

  • Rebekka

    That looks INSANE!!!

  • Peter M

    This is evil, therefore I like it! I’m going to enjoy dropping by here.

  • Laff

    That’s the first time I’ve ever seen the words, “cheescake”, “self-confidence” and “forgiving” used in the same paragraph.

    I think I love you.

  • Laff

    That’s the first time I’ve ever seen the words, “cheescake”, “self-confidence” and “forgiving” used in the same paragraph.

    I think I love you.

  • Jen

    More blogposts please! I adore this blog.

  • worldwide1

    such an interesting,informative blog.

  • worldwide1

    such an interesting,informative blog.

  • Merry

    Your mom is super cool. I hope my kids sound like you when they are old enough to choose whether to like me or not :-)

  • Mindy Walz

    Thanks for the article, well written and it worked out perfect. Hey if you write and post a lot of articles you should look at putting them on They have a huge database of articles and you can search by a bunch of different topics, plus they will recommend other similar articles to you. I know that you can link your site to it too. Thanks, peace.

  • Jude

    eyelish cleam? had no idea korean pronunciation is the polar opposite of japanese.

  • Pearl

    when i bake cakes, i get nervous when people try to open the oven door and peek. “NOOOO!” i howl, “YOU MUSTN’T DO THAT!”

    and then when they walk off, apologetic, and i’m left standing there, embarrassed, i open the oven door to take a peek.

  • Diana Hossfeld

    I LOVE this post. My mom justifies eating chocolate chip cookies in the morning because they have oatmeal in them. I grew up thinking it was completely normal to have cookies for breakfast! 

  • Jean

    Oh, my gosh, yes she is! I feel exactly the same way about my mom and she would have happily eaten the cheesecake at 8 am, too.  

    Cookies and I don’t get on well in the kitchen but cheesecake was one of the first sweets I learned to bake.  Yours looks perfect. 

  • Naomi

    This looks amazing! I’d love to try making it with an Oreo crumb crust!

  • Rhonda

    I made this for Easter and it was SO good. My mom had bought a Bailey’s cheesecake but it didn’t have a lot of Bailey’s flavor so I decided to make one.  I did not separate the Bailey’s from the coffee – the whole cheesecake had both. I used 1/2 cup of Bailey’s and it had plenty of flavor.  This is a wonderful and easy recipe.

  • ilychan

    This sounds AMAZING! I must try it!!!

  • Design a cake online

    Wow, i love Cheese cakes, and i love irish cream – this is so going to be my next baking project! Thanks for the recipe :)

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  • Dia Diamond

    This looks delicious! I’m definitely making this for our NYE party tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe I will let you know how it tuns out!

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