Baileys Irish Cream Individual Cheesecakes

In the last few weeks, I’ve tried making you whole grain Irish cream cheesecake brownies, whole grain Irish cream donuts (twice!) and last night I even made you homemade Irish cream but none of them were worthy of posting or I couldn’t get good pictures.

But then I made these. Now I’m happy. :)


I would absolutely love to have had some shamrock sprinkles or something to make these a bit more festive, but St. Patrick’s Day anything doesn’t exist here. That’s sad, isn’t it?

I looked up a lot of recipes before making this and a lot of people in basically all the recipes complained of the Baileys taste being too subtle. It’s not subtle in the recipe I came up with, but it’s not overwhelming at all.

I love that this recipe only makes about a fourth of a normal cheesecake. Two people don’t need to eat two pounds of cream cheese. That’s just silly. If you don’t want to use an Oreo for the crust, make your own or use whatever chocolate cookie you’d like. I was just trying to cut down on preparation time.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! :)


  • 1 8-ounce package (225 grams) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup (68 grams) granulated sugar (I used coconut sugar)
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons Baileys or homemade Irish cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 7 or 8 chocolate cookies like Oreos or Newman-O’s


Preheat your oven to 275ºF / 135ºC. With an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar on medium until well combined. Add the egg, Baileys and vanilla and mix on low until combined. Line seven muffin cups with liners and place one Oreo into each cup. I filled mine almost to the top, so if you want, you could also make eight slightly smaller cheesecakes. Fill with cheesecake batter and bake for 20 minutes or until the middle is set. Mine were a little cracked when I took them out but after letting them sit in the pan for 20 minutes, they had disappeared. Remove from the pans to cool on a wire rack. When cool, chill in the fridge for four hours before serving. 

German bakers: I used a 300 gram package of cream cheese which I drained by squeezing out some of the whey in a kitchen towel until it was like American cream cheese. It should be 225 grams after draining! If you don’t drain it, it probably won’t come out properly.
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19 comments on “Baileys Irish Cream Individual Cheesecakes” — Add one!

  • JULIE says
    February 25, 2015 @ 9:23 pm

    What do you think about using a thin mint cookie for the bottom?

    • Erin replies to JULIE
      February 25, 2015 @ 9:59 pm

      I haven’t tried it but it sounds good to me! I wasn’t sure about doing that (thinking that it may just be a pool of melted chocolate) but here’s a mini cheesecake recipe in which Thin Mints are used. Hope that helps! :)

  • Erin says
    April 2, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

    Shelley – Thanks! I love the cheesecake part but the Oreo just made it more interesting. :)

  • cookies and cups says
    April 2, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    These sound amazing! Love the sunken oreo :)

  • Erin says
    March 23, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

    Jennifer – Yeah! Definitely. They're pretty easy and super yummy. Let me know how they turn out if you try them. :)

  • Jennifer says
    March 23, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

    Just made irish car bomb cupcakes with baileys…maybe this should be my next use of the cream :)

  • Erin says
    March 20, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

    Nora – They are addicting. I ate them up all by myself in two days. Whoops. :( But you know what, your peanut butter cheesecake is better. If you eat just a fourth of it, you feel incredibly full, satisfied and not at all guilty.

    Amy – Thanks! I hope you enjoy them. You might be late for St. Patrick's Day but Baileys is perfect for every day of the year so you're still good. :)

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says
    March 20, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

    these look just lovely, erin! i'll have to try them, even though i'm a bit late for St. Patrick's Day. =)

  • naturalnoshing says
    March 19, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

    LOVE these little cheesecakes – I can just taste them now! I've made "oreo cheesecakes" from martha stewarts cupcake book before I went gluten free and they are addicting…I bet these are even more so because of the irish cream! Wow, I wish I could pick one right out of the photo and goggle it up!

  • Erin says
    March 17, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

    Katie – They are. I thought that they were kind of portion controlled, but they're not really because each one is only two or three bites and then I think, "Oh come on… I can have two!" Ugh. Anyway, happy St. Patrick's Day to you too!

    Ambika – Thanks and happy St. Patrick's Day to you as well!

  • Ambika says
    March 17, 2012 @ 1:56 am

    Love this!! Happy St.Patty's day!

  • {Epicurean Mom} says
    March 17, 2012 @ 1:07 am

    Mmmmmm!! These are brilliant! These would be terribly addictive with the addition of Baileys! Happy St. Pattys day to you my dear!! xx

  • Erin says
    March 16, 2012 @ 8:42 pm

    Becca – They'd look terribly boring without the Oreos, wouldn't they? :)

    I'm pretty sure using coffee creamer would work because I've read reviews in the past of people saying that they used coffee creamer. So good luck with that! Let me know if you try it. And happy St. Patrick's Day to you!

    Rachel – Thanks! I did it out of laziness but now I'm happy I did. They just look more interesting. :)

    Katrina and Christina – Baileys is a favorite of mine too. Actually, it probably is my favorite. I can't think of anything I'd rather drink!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says
    March 16, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

    Love that you used oreos as the crust. They turned out so cute!

  • christina @ ovenadventures says
    March 16, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

    these look great! i love Baileys.

  • Becca says
    March 16, 2012 @ 4:14 am

    I like the little oreo at the bottom, it adds a nice little layering thing. Creamy, crunchy, smooth, crunchy :)

    I really really love St. Patrick's Day, as I love all holidays, but when it comes to baking, it sort of depresses me because So many recipes that are festive call for Baily's and since I'm under-age, I can't purchase it or leagally eat it. But I've been toying with the idea of maybe using Irish Coffee Creamer as a replacement, so you think that would work or no?

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
    March 15, 2012 @ 10:38 pm

    Fabulous!! I'm so sorry your first recipes didn't work out. Good thing you were led to this recipe though. Bailey's is an absolute favorite of mine!

  • Erin says
    March 15, 2012 @ 9:05 pm

    Of course I'm going to look at your recipe index for some ideas! It's normally my first stop. :)

    I got blueberries, though. I guess they can be substituted for most cranberry recipes.

    I hope you made those Irish cream brownies because I need a good recipe for that! A good "healthier" recipe anyway.

  • says
    March 15, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

    I love, love Baiyle's or Irish cream, pretty much the same :-) Now that I can make my own I better control myself.

    I am also going to incorporate Irish cream into desserts much more often now that I can make my own like your cheesecake :-)

    Thanks for linking to my homemade Irish cream recipe :-)

    By the way I think there is a couple of recipes in my blog with dry cranberries but I think they would be great on cookies and granola, just a thought!!


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