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!

Yield: 1: 10-inch pizza

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 75 minutes

Guinness Pizza Dough

Flavorful homemade Guinness pizza dough, perfect for St Patrick's Day celebrations or any day!


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


  1. Heat Guinness to 115°F. Dissolve yeast and sugar in Guinness. Allow to proof for 5 minutes. 
  2. 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. 
  3. Transfer dough to a greased bowl. Cover and allow to rise in a warm location for 1 hour, or until doubled in size. 
  4. 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. 
  5. Slice and serve warm. 


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16 Responses to “Guinness Pizza Dough”

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    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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