Baileys Irish Cream is mixed into both the brownie batter and the cheesecake swirl, giving these Irish Cream Cheesecake Brownies the most delicious flavor. Perfect for all your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!
February is over! Hooray! And that means that it is almost time for St. Patrick’s Day! TheBetterHalf and I are both part Irish (his mom is a Duffy, mine is a Murphy) and we both went to Notre Dame, so needless to say we are big fans of this holiday. I have several St. Patrick’s Day goodies up my sleeve to share with you over the next two weeks. Let’s start with Irish Cream Cheesecake Brownies, made with of course, Baileys Irish Cream.
So what is Irish Cream anyway? It is a blend of Irish whiskey, cream, and a hint of chocolate / coffee / almond / vanilla flavor. Irish cream is delicious over ice or in coffee. The Notre Dame students might or might not have brought large thermoses of Irish Cream mixed into coffee to class on St. Patrick’s day…hey, we have a lot of Irish pride at that school!
But I must say, my favorite way to enjoy this drink is baked into Irish Cream Cheesecake Brownies. Booze mixed into baked goods? What’s not to love about that!
These delicious treats have two layers – the chocolate brownie layer and the cheesecake layer – and Irish cream is in both. There is tons of Irish cream flavor in here!
So first, mix up the brownie batter and then put it into the pan. Then mix up the cheesecake layer, and dollop it on top of the brownie batter. Finally, it is time for the swirling! Using a butter knife, gently swirl the cheesecake layer with the brownie layer. Let your inner artist shine! Use those marbling techniques that you learned in childhood art class (TheBetterHalf informed me that not all grades schools learned “marbling techniques”…) ! It is really kind of fun – I think the swirls look so pretty!
You don’t want to get too heavy handed with the swirling though. You want it to be mostly brownie on the bottom, and mostly cheesecake on the top.
The Baileys Irish cream flavor in these cheesecake brownies is SO good. There is just a hint of whiskey in the background, and the other flavors in the Baileys are really complemented by the chocolate and cream cheese. These are a perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and your Irish heritage! Even if you aren’t Irish 😉
If Irish cream isn’t your thing, try some of these brownie recipes instead!