Mini Baileys Cheesecakes with Chocolate Whipped Cream

Mini cheesecakes lightly flavored with Baileys Irish cream and topped off with fresh chocolate whipped cream. A perfect bite size dessert for St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Mini Baileys Cheesecakes with Chocolate Whipped Cream Recipe from

Ever since having kids I haven’t really been into drinking. The 9 months off, plus the additional time that followed … add that up to 3 kids and I’ve basically been nearly sober for six years. Of course there’s been the drink or two in that time, but it’s just not the same. Which is fine by me because I do not miss hangovers one bit, especially the brutal ones. The ones that leave you saying ‘never again.’ We’ve all been there.

But just because I’m not a big drinker, doesn’t mean I don’t like experimenting with boozy recipes. I tired a different cheesecake recipe a year or two ago for St Patrick’s day. It was a giant fail. I don’t remember exactly what happened but it took me until now to try a different one. Of course this is completely different. I’m pretty sure the first was with Guinness. The amounts were all off, I know that much. This is perfect in every way, especially if you love Baileys Irish cream.

Mini Baileys Cheesecakes with Chocolate Whipped Cream Recipe from

And though I’m calling this a boozy treat, the alcohol more than likely cooks out in the baking process. I say more than likely because I hear that’s the case, but I’m not an expert so… yeah. Anyway, it’s only 1 tablespoon (or 2 if you want it stronger) spread throughout 12 mini cheesecakes so hardly any alcohol at all but just enough flavor. A nice subtle-ness about it.

Now that that’s out of the way…

Since St Patrick’s day is coming up, there’s sure to be lots of parties and drinking in many of your futures so clearly some tasty and boozy treats are in order! But whether you’re having a party or not, you absolutely need to make these. They’re fun bite sized mini cheesecakes, with a flavor of the season. My favorite part is the fresh chocolate whipped cream these are topped off with. I may or may not have taken several whipped cream shots when I was done taking pictures of these babies. And I encourage you to do the same. So good! 

Mini Baileys Cheesecakes with Chocolate Whipped Cream

Mini cheesecakes lightly flavored with Baileys Irish cream and topped off with fresh chocolate whipped cream. A perfect bite size dessert for St Patrick's Day celebrations.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheesecake
Servings: 12 mini cheesecakes



  • 1 C graham cracker crumbs roughly 6 full sheets
  • 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter melted


  • 12 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp Baileys Irish cream
  • 1 large egg

Whipped cream:

  • 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 12 cavity mini cheesecake pan.
  • Mix crust ingredients together well. Add 1 cookie scoop of crust ingredients to each cheesecake cavity. Press down to create an even layer. Bake for 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together cream cheese and sugar. Add vanilla, salt and Baileys, mixing well. Finally add egg, mixing until batter is smooth.
  • Top off baked crust with 1 and 1/4 medium scoop per cavity. Tap pan to release any air bubbles. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Cool in pan completely before transferring to the refrigerator. Chill overnight.
  • In a medium bowl, beat together whipped cream ingredients. For a lighter chocolate taste add 1 Tbsp cocoa powder, for a stronger taste add 2 Tbsp. Beat until soft peaks form.
  • Remove cheesecakes from pan, top off with chocolate whipped cream.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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36 Responses to “Mini Baileys Cheesecakes with Chocolate Whipped Cream”

  1. #
    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — March 4, 2013 at 7:46 am

    I love Bailey’s!!!

    And the topping sounds awesome. Nice finishing touch to these yummy cheesecakes!

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    Sammy @ Sammy's Bakes — March 4, 2013 at 8:53 am

    These sound delicious! I am a great lover of baileys, so i can imagine they are amazing! The only thing i would ask is since i am from the UK what would be a good substitute for the graham crackers, i’m thinking a digestive biscuits but what would you suggest?

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      Rachel — March 4, 2013 at 9:07 am

      You could substitute nearly any crisp cookie and turn those into crumbs. Shortbread, vanilla and even chocolate cookies are pretty common for making cheesecake crusts.

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    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — March 4, 2013 at 9:00 am

    I love your mini cheesecakes more than you know. I really have to go buy one of those pans soon. This topping looks amazing too… I want a big bowl of it.

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      Rachel — March 4, 2013 at 9:04 am

      You really should! They’re tons of fun to play with.

  4. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — March 4, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Gorgeous shots Rachel! These mini cheesecakes are calling my name!

    • #
      Rachel — March 4, 2013 at 10:21 am

      Thank you! :)

  5. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — March 4, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Oh i love the chocolate whipped cream addition!!

    • #
      Rachel — March 4, 2013 at 10:22 am

      It’s SO good. Very hard to resist ;)

  6. #
    Little Kitchie — March 4, 2013 at 10:35 am

    These sound absolutely fabulous! I love Bailey’s anything!

  7. #
    marla — March 4, 2013 at 10:37 am

    These mini cheesecakes are perfect!

  8. #
    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — March 4, 2013 at 11:31 am

    bring on st patricks day if I can cook with bailey’s :)

  9. #
    Julia — March 4, 2013 at 11:43 am

    These look wonderful–especially that whipped topping!

  10. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — March 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I have GOT to get my mitts on a mini-cheesecake pan. What’s taken me so long!! Love these in every possible way.

    • #
      Rachel — March 4, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      You really do! Bite the bullet and just get one ;)

  11. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — March 4, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    you had me at baileys. And then again at cheesecake. then again at chocolate whipped cream. the only thing to make this better would be to make them in mini form and you did. You never cease to amaze me Rachel! :)

  12. #
    Yvonne @ bitter baker — March 4, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I’ve had way too much cheesecake lately. But a bite-size one can’t hurt right?! Beautiful pictures!!

  13. #
    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — March 4, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Love mini cheesecakes and these look delicious! Your pictures are beautiful as well :)

  14. #
    Tracey — March 4, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I don’t drink much these days anymore either – I think thanks in large part to a nasty hangover years ago :) That said, I am definitely down with boozy desserts. Your mini cheesecakes are always so cute!

  15. #
    a farmer in the dell — March 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    you had me at baileys! These look so stinking good. And they are pretty darn cute as well!

  16. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — March 4, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Cheers to boozy desserts! I LOVE Bailey’s cheesecakes. These little mini versions look adorable!

    • #
      Rachel — March 4, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      Cheers! We’re on the same page this week ;)

  17. #
    Paula — March 4, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Looks to me like the perfect dessert for St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Love that they are minis…one of my favourite types of dessert servings. They just always look so darn cute.

  18. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — March 4, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    yay for boozy treats on our blogs today :) haha, did i ever tell you that my roommate and i in college would drink bailey’s straight from the jug as if it were milk? those were our “nights in,” yeah, such rebels. not sure if i could smell bailey’s now without gagging – LOL, but these mini cheesecakes are just darling!

  19. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — March 4, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Haha, you sound just like me. I don’t drink much either since having kids. I like a glass of wine here and there, but I can’t tell you the last time I had one too many. Don’t don’t miss hangovers either. I’m a light weight now, but certainly not for this amazing looking dessert!

  20. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — March 4, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    So pretty! Love all the boozy desserts this time of year!

  21. #
    Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry — March 5, 2013 at 2:13 am

    You had me at chocolate whipped cream! These mini cheesecakes are so poppable, I would eat three without batting an eye. Yum!!

  22. #
    katie — March 5, 2013 at 11:53 am

    ummm first off I shutter at the thought of “six years sober: Although I realize that I probably won’t want to be boozing up once I transition to that stage in my life. Priorities change. I get that. I like though that you can still get your daily dose in desserts! These look fab!

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      Rachel — March 5, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      haha! Yes it was a long time and the drinks I did have (post-babies) weren’t nearly as enjoyable as they once were, but it’s so fun to play with boozy treats! :)

  23. #
    Mel — March 5, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    These look delicious! I’ll have to try them soon.

  24. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — March 5, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Oh my, these look soooo delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever drank Bailey’s straight, but i’ve had it in lots of baked goods + milkshakes + they’ve all been scrumptious. I wish I had these in my house right now!

  25. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — March 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Chocolate whipped cream? You slay me.

  26. #
    Anne @The Cooking Campaign — March 6, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    These look so beautiful!

  27. #
    vanillasugarblog — March 16, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    mini aka bite sized in my house.
    these are just to die for good looking.

  28. #
    Leda — February 24, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    These look awesome! Would you recommend changing any portions or cooking times if I make the recipe in a regular sized pie dish (mini cakes are adorable however i have very limited cabinet space in my apartment!)

    • #
      Rachel — February 25, 2014 at 7:40 am

      This recipe is specifically written for this pan size. I do not have portions or cook time for a larger version.

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