Guinness Pizza Dough

Easy and flavorful homemade Guinness pizza dough, perfect for St Patrick’s Day celebrations or any day!

Easy and flavorful homemade Guinness pizza dough recipe from @bakedbyrachel

My birthday is coming up and I’m trying to decide what dessert to make. I’m the baker in the house, so it’s up to me if I want something special. And given the day, and my love for pie…that’s certainly a consideration. So, pie or cake… or both? And if so, what kind? A silly thing to be focused on, but it’s not a celebration without dessert. Help me get the creative juices flowing… what are some of your favorite pie and cake flavors?

Also, I did something shocking this weekend. I made it out of Target spending less than $25. And, I only got what was on my list. What?! Don’t get me wrong, I looked at plenty of things. Browsed throughout the store, but I kept telling myself no. I didn’t even splurge on new nail polish. That sensible voice in my head said I already had similar colors at home… truth. Now, had the store had the new Spring line, I might not have been able to resist. I was eyeing those pretty new colors in a magazine ad the other day. Good thing I didn’t see them.

Easy and flavorful homemade Guinness pizza dough recipe from @bakedbyrachel

The great thing about birthdays and holidays is that you get to indulge in some of your favorite food. I might even add a rule for birthdays from now on… dessert first. That is, unless it’s pizza night!

I mentioned more yummy St Patrick’s Day inspired recipes would be on the way! I couldn’t resist putting a festive spin on my favorite night of the week…pizza night! This easy and flavorful homemade Guinness pizza dough is a perfect addition to all of your St Patrick’s Day celebrations – and regular pizza nights!

Be sure to add this Guinness pizza dough to your dinner plans!

Guinness Pizza Dough

Flavorful homemade Guinness pizza dough, perfect for St Patrick's Day celebrations or any day!
Prep Time1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dinner, Pizza
Servings: 3 plus


  • 1/2 C Guinness
  • 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/4 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 C all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil


  • Heat Guinness to 115°F. Dissolve yeast and sugar in Guinness. Allow to proof for 5 minutes. 
  • Prepare a stand mixer with dough hook attachment. Combine flour and salt in stand mixer bowl. With mixer running on low, slowly add yeast mixture, followed by olive oil. Mix until a smooth ball of dough forms. Add additional flour or olive oil as needed. 
  • Transfer dough to a greased bowl. Cover and allow to rise in a warm location for 1 hour, or until doubled in size. 
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or olive oil. Shape dough into a 10-inch circle. Add toppings, bake for 20-25 minutes or until desired crispness is reached. 
  • Slice and serve warm. 


Recipe serves roughly 3-6, yields 1: 10-inch pizza.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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16 Responses to “Guinness Pizza Dough”

  1. #
    Lindsey+@+American+Heritage+Cooking — March 2, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Stop it with your awesomeness! Guinness in pizza dough! Such a great idea! And you should have pie and cake…clearly. As if that were even a real question!

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      Rachel — March 3, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Thanks Lindsey! And I agree… both options might be a must ;)

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    Jeffrey — March 2, 2015 at 7:54 am

    I actually have some pizza dough in the fridge made with Warsteiner. I’ve used it in the past with awesome results in flavor, texture and rise. I use the beer when I make soft pretzels and usually have a bit left, using it in pizza dough.

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      Rachel — March 3, 2015 at 7:24 am

      I agree, beer works great in pretzels too. I have a recipe for Guinness pretzels already posted. Very tasty!

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    Amanda — March 2, 2015 at 11:05 am

    This is an amazing recipe!

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      Rachel — March 3, 2015 at 7:24 am

      Thanks Amanda!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — March 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    The most creative pizza dough ever! I need to show this to my Hubby – he will love it!

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      Rachel — March 3, 2015 at 7:24 am

      Thanks Anna! I’m sure he will!!

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    Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. — March 2, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    I love this! What a great idea, adding Guiness to pizza dough! I will definitely be trying it soon!

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      Rachel — March 3, 2015 at 7:24 am

      Thanks so much Stacey! I hope you love it!

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    Julie — March 3, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Can you substitute and use any kind of beer?

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      Rachel — March 4, 2015 at 7:31 am

      I haven’t personally used any others but it should work fine.

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    Julie — March 4, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Thanks very much, I think I will avoid trying anything “light” just in case. :-)

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      Rachel — March 4, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      Good luck! :)

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    Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg — March 4, 2015 at 11:50 am

    I love beer pizza dough. The way it crisps up in the oven is amazing. I’ve never tried it with Guinness, but I buy a brand when I’m in Maine called Portland Pie that uses Shipyard Beer. :)

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      Rachel — March 4, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      I’ll have to keep an eye out for that one!

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