Irish Coffee Cheesecake

Irish Coffee Cheesecake |

Welcome to the Saint Patrick’s Day series, or as I like to call it, the most wonderful time of the year! I’ve been baking away, testing recipes and making shamrock cookies like it’s my job ;)  And now it’s time to get the party started with a cheesecake that I think might be my best cheesecake to date!  I know, that’s an incredibly bold statement, but this Irish Coffee Cheesecake has got it all.  It’s elegant, refined and full of personality.  With a chocolate cookie crust, creamy cheesecake batter filled with Baileys and an Irish whiskey ganache that just melts into each bite, this is your must make Saint Patrick’s Day dessert!

Now it’s no secret I love the Baileys, but this, this is just beyond.  We start out with a chocolate graham crust that anchors the cheesecake perfectly.  The cheesecake batter is what I refer to as dangerous territory.  I added espresso powder that lends this wonderful depth of rich, coffee flavor and goes so lovely with the Irish cream.  And the Baileys, well let’s just say I don’t hold back!  Once you add that in, it’ll take everything in your power to put the spoon down.

Irish Coffee Cheesecake |

Seriously, I can’t even.  Then you’re going to whip together a little Irish whiskey ganache.  And if you’re sort of on the fence about whether you really need to make the ganache, you do.  As you whisk together the cream, a pat of butter and the chocolate, the ganache begins to glisten – literally. A zip of Irish whiskey brightens it and adds a lovely layer of flavor.  It’s not too strong, it just caps off the cheesecake as it would the drink, tying everything together.  And smooth doesn’t even begin to describe the taste.  When you take a bite, that whiskey ganache melts like butter.

Aside form the incredible flavor it adds to the cheesecake, the ganache instantly dresses up the dessert.  Once the ganache set up, I finished it off with some whipped cream.  You can’t have an Irish coffee without a nice spoon of that, right?!  And last, some chocolate covered espresso beans. They’re like that last accessory that tie the whole thing together and they also add a little crunch that I love.

As you can probably tell, I’m a little smitten with this cheesecake, but how you really know is when you share it with others.  The last time I made this was for my family and there was actually silence at the table.  When all the chatter stops and the only thing you hear are murmurs of a second slice, you know it’s good!  I hope you all enjoy this one!

Irish Coffee Cheesecake |

Irish Coffee Cheesecake


    Chocolate Cookie Crust
  • 2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • Irish Cream Cheesecake
  • 24 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 & 1/3 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup Baileys Irish cream
  • Chocolate Whiskey Ganache
  • 4 ounces semisweet or dark chocolate
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons Jameson Irish Whiskey


    Cookie Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt butter and mix with crumbs and espresso powder.
  3. Press into 9” springform pan and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Cheesecake
  5. Once crust is cooled, wrap pan in plastic wrap and then wrap in
  6. aluminum foil.
  7. Mix cream cheese and sugar on medium speed till fully
  8. combined.
  9. Add cornstarch and espresso powder, and continue to mix until
  10. incorporated.
  11. Add eggs and vanilla extract.
  12. Stir in Baileys.
  13. Pour batter into prepared pan and place in a roasting pan.
  14. Fill roasting pan about a quarter of the way with hot water and
  15. bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes.
  16. When the cheesecake is done, remove from the water bath and
  17. set on a cooling rack.
  18. Once cheesecake has cooled to room temp, refrigerate.
  19. Ganache
  20. Bring heavy cream and butter up to a scant boil.
  21. Pour over chopped chocolate and stir to combine.
  22. Stir in Jameson.
  23. Set aside for about 5-10 minutes just so ganache is not piping
  24. hot when you pour it on the cheesecake.
  25. Pour ganache on cheesecake and refrigerate until it sets.
  26. Decorate cheesecake with homemade whipped cream or
  27. buttercream.
  28. Garnish with chocolate covered espresso beans.
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by ZipList Recipe Plugin

don't miss a recipe!

get our emails


22 Responses to “Irish Coffee Cheesecake”

  1. 1
    Liz says:

    You’ve done it again! PERFECTION!!!

  2. 2

    Silencr is golden right, especially at the table! ;) This looks divine girl! Love the mix of flavors. Cheesecake is so versatile… And you sure took it to a whole new level. Thanks for the recipe, so festive. Happy Friday :D

  3. 3
  4. 4

    oh man seriously this is gorgeous and looks super delicious.

  5. 5

    Now I’m smitten with this cheesecake. That whiskey ganache needs to happen. This is one gorgeous cheesecake.

  6. 6

    […] Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an indulgent Irish coffee cheesecake that features a double dose of whiskey. Buttercream Blondie adds a swig of the brown stuff to the […]

  7. 7
    Michelle says:

    I am in awe. I was gonna make Guinness cupcakes for dessert on st paddys day but u have completely blown that idea outta the water lol

  8. 8

    Gorgeous cake and beautiful photography! Love that you used the Irish cream and Irish whiskey in this recipe – the more booze the better!

  9. 9
    Brooks says:

    Oh Meghan, you had me at Baileys, but I should have known you’d up the ante with a chocolate whiskey ganache. Spot on work, my friend…it’s always a pleasure to visit here!

  10. 10

    You know I love the things you do with Bailey’s! This looks so incredible!

  11. 11

    I am smitten with this ridiculous dessert that combines all my favorite things – cheesecake and whiskey! and chocolate!

  12. 12
    Ashley says:

    I made this dessert today for our St. Patrick’s Day dinner. All I can say is that it’s amazing! I love how you can taste all of the main ingredients like the chocolate, whiskey, cream cheese, coffee, and Irish Cream. It’s not overly sweet, too. My husband is eating his second slice as we speak. Thanks so much for a great way to end a rainy St. Patrick’s Day!

    • 12.1
      bblondie says:

      Hi Ashley! Thanks so much for the sweet comment! I’m so happy to hear you both enjoyed the cheesecake! :)

  13. 13
    Blanca says:

    This looks amazing!

    Only problem is we don’t have any chocolate graham crackers (or any other kind of graham crackers) in switzerland. Any idea of what could be use to substitute them?


  14. 14
    Kallie says:

    I’m making this tonight, but I’m confused on the step where you wrap the pan in plastic, then in foil? I’ve never done that before on my water baths and can’t picture how to do it, and don’t know why?

Leave a Reply

Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.