3 months ago

No-Bake Baileys Cheesecake

Rich creamy cheesecake made with a touch of Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur, featuring a chocolaty crushed Oreo crust and topped with fluffy Baileys-infused whipped cream. A wonderful special-occasion dessert recipe from Twin Cities food blogger greens & chocolate. The best part: no baking required!

There’s something about the holiday season that gives me the urge to break out our bottle of Baileys Irish Cream. It must be the twinkling lights from the tree and the crackling of the fire that makes me want to put a splash (or three) in my hot cocoa. Who knows. Regardless, this year I’m not just drinking my Baileys. I’m eating it, too!

This Baileys Cheesecake is definitely a show-stopping dessert. In fact, I said to my husband (as we stood over the kitchen counter devouring it) that I thought this was one of the best things I’ve ever made. I don’t say that often because as a food blogger, I cook a LOT. I create a ton of new recipes and, while I only publish the ones that I absolutely love, I can’t say they’re all my favorite.

This Baileys Cheesecake, though? Absolutely a favorite. Without a doubt, I will be making it again this year. Likely, every year from now on.

So, let’s talk about why this Baileys Cheesecake is so good. First, the Oreo crust. It’s my go-to for most cheesecakes and goes perfectly with the chocolate and Baileys filling.

Second, that chocolate filling. It’s a pretty simple combination of whipped cream, cream cheese, sugar, chocolate and Baileys, but it’s so so good – rich, creamy and simply delightful. Bonus: it’s no bake! Just whip it up and put it in the refrigerator to set up.

Since I couldn’t stop with just the cheesecake filling, I topped it all off with a Baileys whipped cream and a sprinkling of some Oreo crumbs. The Baileys whipped cream really highlights that Irish Cream flavor and the lightness of it complements the cheesecake perfectly.

Obviously, this cheesecake isn’t an everyday treat. It’s a special-occasion dessert, absolutely perfect for the holiday season. Bring it to a Christmas party or serve it after a special meal with friends and family – they will thank you for it!

No-Bake Baileys Cheesecake

10-12 servings
Preparation time: 1 hour + refrigeration time

Ingredients
For the crust:
32 Oreos
6 tablespoons butter

For the cheesecake:
1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
16 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
24 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
½ cup white granulated sugar
⅓ cup Baileys Irish Cream
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the Baileys whipped cream:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream

2 additional Oreos, crushed, for topping

Directions
For the crust:

  1. Place Oreos in a large food processor and pulse until fine crumbs.
  2. Add butter and pulse until well combined.
  3. Press Oreo mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.
  4. Place in the refrigerator.

For the cheesecake filling:

  1. Place heavy cream into a large bowl. Beat on high with electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  2. Place chopped chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and set it over a pot of hot water (not boiling). Stirring occasionally, heat until it is melted. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl with electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese and sugar.
  4. Add the chocolate, mixing until combined.
  5. Add the Baileys and vanilla, mixing until combined.
  6. Finally, fold in the whipped cream.
  7. Top the cheesecake crust with the filling, spreading it out evenly. Refrigerate.

To make the Baileys whipped cream:

  1. In a large bowl with electric mixer, beat the heavy cream, powdered sugar and Baileys until medium peaks form.
  2. Spread over cheesecake layer. Top with additional Oreo crumbs. Refrigerate at least 4 hours, ideally overnight. Enjoy!