Mini Bailey’s Chocolate Cheesecakes with Bailey’s Whipped Cream

A recipe for mini chocolate cheesecakes flavored with Bailey’s Irish cream, topped off with fresh sweetened Bailey’s whipped cream and chocolate shavings. A perfect dessert for St Patrick’s day celebrations.

Mini Bailey's Chocolate Cheesecakes with Bailey's Whipped Cream Recipe from

Last night I was having a fun nostalgic night, playing music from the past. Usually when this happens, it turns into me quizzing the Mr to see if he can guess the song and/or artist in a reasonable time (or totally unreasonable). It’s always an entertaining time. Whether it be shocking him by me knowing the lyrics to certain songs or him cracking me up by his obvious desire to not admit to knowing certain songs. We all have those songs. Songs from the 80s are just too entertaining to revisit.

In more entertainment talk… we watched Catching Fire over the weekend and even though I had already seen it, no one else had… totally enjoyed it, obviously. If you loved the first, then you have to see this one. In the beginning they gave a nice tease to Divergent, which I’m totally looking forward to. Hopefully the rumors about ticket sales being better than Twilight are false, but I’m sure I still won’t wait too long to see it once it’s out. Will you be seeing it?

Mini Bailey's Chocolate Cheesecakes with Bailey's Whipped Cream Recipe from

With St Patrick’s day being basically a week away, it’s time to share my final festive treat. I made these weeks ago and have been itching to share them with you. No ifs ands or butts, you need these mini cheesecakes in your life.

These mini chocolate cheesecakes are the perfect two bite dessert for your holiday plans, big or small. They feature a rich chocolate crust, topped of with creamy Bailey’s Irish cream chocolate cheesecake, homemade sweetened Bailey’s whipped cream and chocolate shavings for the perfect finishing touch.

Be sure to add these cheesecakes to your St Patrick’s day menu and check below for more festive recipes!

Mini Bailey's Chocolate Cheesecakes with Bailey's Whipped Cream Recipe from

Mini Bailey's Chocolate Cheesecakes with Bailey's Whipped Cream

Mini chocolate cheesecakes flavored with Bailey's Irish cream, topped off with fresh sweetened whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheesecake, Chocolate
Servings: 12 cheesecakes



  • 1 C chocolate graham cracker crumbs roughly 6 sheets
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter melted


  • 12 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder sifted
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp Bailey's Irish cream
  • 1 large egg

Whipped cream:

  • 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Bailey's Irish cream
  • Chocolate shavings


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a mini cheesecake pan.
  • In a food processor combine crust ingredients. Divide mixture among prepared cheesecake cavities, adding one small cookie scoop to each. Press down firmly to create an even layer. Bake for 5 minutes.
  • Decrease oven temperature to 325°F.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together cream cheese and sugar. Add sour cream, Baileys and sifted cocoa powder, mixing well. Finally add egg, mixing until batter is smooth and streak free.
  • Add one heaping medium scoop to each cavity. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Cool in pan to room temperature. Transfer pan to refrigerator to chill cheesecakes thoroughly, at least 6-12 hours or more.
  • Carefully remove cheesecakes from pan, removing pan disc from the bottom of each crust.
  • In a medium bowl, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Beat in powdered sugar and Bailey's. Pipe or spoon onto chilled cheesecakes. Top off with chocolate shavings, if desired.
  • Store cheesecakes chilled.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

More recipes for St Patrick’s Day:
Guinness chocolate cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting
Soft Guinness pretzels with sea salt
Beef and Guinness pies with puff pastry
Mini Bailey’s cheesecakes with chocolate whipped cream
Guinness ice cream float
Slow cooker Guinness beef stew
Vanilla cupcakes with two tone vanilla buttercream frosting
Mini shepherd’s pies
Braided pesto bread
Pesto chicken lasagna
Bacon-basil pesto chicken pizza

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69 Responses to “Mini Bailey’s Chocolate Cheesecakes with Bailey’s Whipped Cream”

  1. #
    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — March 9, 2014 at 8:51 am

    I want some os these on St Paddy’s Day!

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      Rachel — March 9, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Wish I could help out with that! :)

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    Janet Bradley — March 9, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Can these also be made in a regular 9 x 12 pan?

    Thanks, Janet

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      Rachel — March 9, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      This recipe was written specifically for the mini cheesecake pan. The amounts listed would not work for a large pan, as you mentioned. Alternately you can follow the directions while using liners in a muffin pan, but be aware that the overall size will be different than shown here.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — March 9, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Omg, my friends and I play the “blast from the past” music game too. I’m 5 years younger than all of them though so a lot of the songs I’m like “never heard of them” and they’re always like YOU’RE SO YOUNG, haha – love these mini cheesecakes! The Bailey’s is such a great addition. I used to drink Bailey’s out of the bottle straight in college like it was milk….oh, to be young again lol

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      Rachel — March 9, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      haha I can see you being totally confused over older songs. I imagine there are songs you’re way more familiar with than I am though!

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    Jodee Weiland — March 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    This looks like the perfect St. Patrick’s Day dessert…delicious! What a terrific idea for cheesecake! Thanks for sharing!

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      Rachel — March 9, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      Thanks so much Jodee! :)

  5. #
    Rachel @ Bakerita — March 9, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    These are too cute, and beyond that, they look super delicious!! Pinned :)

    • #
      Rachel — March 9, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks so much Rachel! :)

  6. #
    Chichi — March 9, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Two of my fav things in a cake. Totally delish

    • #
      Rachel — March 10, 2014 at 7:16 am

      Thanks Chichi! :)

  7. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — March 9, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Fantastic! These are amazing! I seriously need these in my life!

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      Rachel — March 10, 2014 at 7:17 am

      Thanks Jocelyn! And yes, you really do :)

  8. #
    Joanne T Ferguson — March 9, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    G’day How scrumptious do these look today? YUM! I could go for one right now!
    Cheers! Joanne

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      Rachel — March 10, 2014 at 7:17 am

      Thanks Joanne! :)

  9. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — March 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Oh my gosh!! Bring it on!! I’m ready to eat a few of these!

    • #
      Rachel — March 10, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Haha! Thanks Steph :)

  10. #
    Melissa — March 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    There are so many recipes I want to make on food bloggers websites- but I think this is one I HAVE to bake. And it doesn’t look like it is terribly complicated (yay!) Pinned and hopefully soon….baked!

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      Rachel — March 10, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      I hope you like it! :)

  11. #
    Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate — March 10, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I could care less that it is St. Patricks day, I just want one of these cheesecakes!

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      Rachel — March 10, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks Mallory :) You should make some!

  12. #
    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — March 10, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    ohmygoshtheselooksoamazing! Stop me before I do something completely uncouth and lick my screen.

    I can’t wait to make these. So cute. So decadent! Pinned to two different boards just in case I can’t find them later!

    • #
      Rachel — March 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      There should totally be taste-o-vision by now, don’t you think? :)

  13. #
    Ash — March 10, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Yeah, I’m definitely going to need to make these asap. I’ll need something to help me recover from midterms over the spring break. Pinning for later. Thanks for the post!

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      Rachel — March 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks Ash! Enjoy :) and good luck with midterms.

  14. #
    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — March 10, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Chocolate cheesecake is my favorite thing on the planet – love love love these! They look delicious!!

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      Rachel — March 11, 2014 at 7:46 am

      Thanks so much Angelyn! :)

  15. #
    Stephanie — March 11, 2014 at 1:56 am

    Bailey’s cheesecake of any kind is always so good and yours always look perfect!

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      Rachel — March 11, 2014 at 7:46 am

      Thanks Stephanie! :)

  16. #
    Valerie — March 11, 2014 at 3:06 am

    these look adorable and delicious! is there any need to put the tin into a larger pan of water when baking? i wasn’t sure if it needed to be baked like a traditional cheesecake.

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      Rachel — March 11, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Bake as is, no water should be used for this pan. :)

  17. #
    Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies — March 11, 2014 at 9:58 am

    I love a boozy treat for St Patricks day! Sounds perfect alongside a green beer

  18. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — March 11, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I definitely need more cheesecake in my life. True story! You always have the best and most perfect looking mini cheesecakes!

  19. #
    Medeja — March 12, 2014 at 1:42 am

    I am sure these tasted fantastic!

  20. #
    mir — March 12, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    What a great idea! It’s really out of the box for the holiday, and your pics are amazing.

    • #
      Rachel — March 12, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Thanks so much :)

  21. #
    Veronica — March 12, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Hi!! This just got tweeted by Tessa Arias – and I trust her judgement completely, so I’m definitely gonna try these!

    Question – how obvious is the Bailey’s taste in the cupcakes, without the frosting? The complaint that I always get is that you can’t taste the Bailey’s. Thoughts? If it’s not “obvious”, what’s a safe way to increase the Bailey’s without ruining the consistency of the cake?

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      Rachel — March 12, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      The cheesecakes have a nice mild Bailey’s flavor – not too strong or too mellow, just right. I think the whipped cream has a much stronger Bailey’s flavor as that’s the only flavor to it, whereas in the cheesecakes, the Bailey’s is competing with the chocolate. Hope that helps! :)

  22. #
    Maureen — March 12, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Making these for my card club next week. What do you mean by mini cheesecake pans. Where can I purchase them? Thanks so much

    • #
      Rachel — March 12, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      The pan is available on Amazon. I’ve linked to it within the recipe. Enjoy! :)

  23. #
    Maureen — March 12, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Thanks so much. New to this way of communicating. Will be following your site. Will let you know how my girls liked it.

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      Rachel — March 13, 2014 at 7:22 am

      Not a problem! I hope everyone enjoys them :)

  24. #
    Susan — March 13, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Question? In the directions you say to add vanilla, but I don’t see it in the ingredients… I’m guessing it’s 1 Tbsp as the others, but I just wanted to be sure.

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      Rachel — March 14, 2014 at 7:26 am

      Sorry, just a typo. There is no vanilla in this recipe.

  25. #
    Chichi — November 5, 2014 at 9:47 am

    As a baileys lover this cheesecake is right up my street. Superb dessert

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      Rachel — November 5, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Thanks so much!

  26. #
    Karen — December 9, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Tried them today and they turned out delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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      Rachel — December 9, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      So glad to hear it! Thanks for sharing :)

  27. #
    Lisa — December 16, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Making these for a Christmas party. Can I use 1/3 less fat cream cheese or do you recommend full fat version?

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      Rachel — December 17, 2014 at 6:59 am

      I’ve always used the full fat version, so I can’t be sure how the reduced fat would turn out for you, but you’re obviously more than welcome to give it a try! I hope they turn out for you. :)

  28. #
    jean — January 6, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    can you use a 6 inch spring form pan

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      Rachel — January 7, 2015 at 7:31 am

      No, this recipe is specifically written for mini cheesecakes so the amounts, both with ingredients and cooking time, would vary greatly for a larger size.

  29. #
    Mary — February 17, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Making these for a bachelor party for 13…..I don’t have time for a do over, so when you say a medium scoop would that mean fill cup to 3/4 full?

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      Rachel — February 18, 2015 at 7:33 am

      Yes roughly 3/4 full. Enjoy!

  30. #
    Mary — February 18, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Thanks for your quick response! I’m just starting the recipe and will let you know how they come out

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      Rachel — February 19, 2015 at 7:29 am


  31. #
    Mary — March 4, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Hi Rachel,
    Sorry for the delay, but these were so good! I wanted to save some cream for my coffee the next morning.
    I made two batches for a bachelor party thinking these were too small but no, after a huge dinner these were perfect, thanks!!
    I had to try one and since there were so many…….I turned around and stuck one in my mouth….oh yes, you hit it!

    • #
      Rachel — March 5, 2015 at 7:29 am

      Thanks for the update, Mary! So glad to hear you enjoyed them!

  32. #
    Dawn — March 13, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    could I use oreos instead of chocolate graham crackers?

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      Rachel — March 14, 2015 at 8:06 am

      Yes, just be sure to still use the same measurements. Enjoy!

  33. #
    KareninStLouis — April 15, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    I’ve never made cheesecake of any kind but I bought a mini cheesecake pan after seeing this recipe. How far ahead can I make them for a brunch? Day before?

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      Rachel — April 16, 2015 at 7:11 am

      You can easily make these a day or more ahead. Just be sure to wait and top them the day of, for best results.

  34. #
    Kimmerz — May 30, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    I made this recipe, but I didn’t have minicheesecake pans. So I used a 7inch spring form pan. I followed all the instructions but the baking times. I baked the crust for 7 minutes and the whole 38 minutes. It turned out really good.

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      Rachel — May 31, 2015 at 8:09 am

      So glad it turned out for you! Thanks for sharing :)

  35. #
    Cindy — December 24, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Hi Rachel,
    I just saw your recipe a few weeks ago and thought this would be great for Christmas dessert. My family is Irish and loves Bailey’s (which we drink at the holidays as well.). I made them today, Christmas Eve. My birthday is tomorrow and I am so looking forward to sharing these with my family.. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thanks for sharing.

    • #
      Rachel — December 26, 2015 at 8:12 am

      Happy birthday! I hope everyone enjoyed the cheesecakes! :)

  36. #
    Katie — December 3, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Has anyone tried this with mini muffin tins? Or even regular sized muffin tins? Just wondering if they turned out and how to prepare the muffin tins.


    • #
      Rachel — December 4, 2016 at 8:41 am

      You could definitely do these in a regular muffin pan. They’ll end up being a bit shorter and wider than they would using the cheesecake pan, but still just as tasty! I’d recommend using paper liners for easy removal. Enjoy!

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