Baileys Irish Cream Cheesecake has a delicious, chocolate cookie crust topped with Baileys spiked cheesecake and ganache layers.
Back in my college days, I managed a small Mediterranean restaurant near campus. It was both a place for the local neighborhood to grab a quick bite to eat and for college kids to hang out and pretend to study while sipping cappuccinos. And since I worked a lot, and free food was a perk of the job, I pretty much lived on hummus and pita bread for over 4 years.
There was a super friendly, older couple that were weekly regulars. Every week, they’d split a tawook dinner with extra steamed veggies. The husband would finish his meal with a piece of cheesecake, and the wife would order Bailey’s and coffee with just a smidgen of whipped cream and chocolate sauce. It’s funny the things I remember from more than 15 years ago. The names of any of my undergrad professors? Not a chance. But a meal a couple ordered every week – yep, right down to the extra veggies.
Now, I’ve never been much of drinker, but I developed quite an affinity for Bailey’s and coffee with just a smidgen of whipped cream and chocolate sauce. It’s just one of those drinks that reminds me of being in my 20s, and makes me all warm and fuzzy for so many reasons.
A few weeks ago, I picked up a bottle of Bailey’s Irish Cream to make truffles… and perhaps whip up a Bailey’s and coffee or two. And then on a whim one night, I decided to make a Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake. With an Oreo cookie crust, a creamy layer of Bailey’s infused cheesecake and Bailey’s spiked ganache, this cheesecake moved straight to the top of my list of favorites.
I’d like to think this would have been the perfect cheesecake to finally tempt the wife of that sweet couple into joining her husband in a slice of cheesecake. But then, I happen to think life is not worth living without cheesecake. Are you with me?
Let’s all make this Baileys Irish Cream Cheesecake and toast sweet couples who are married for decades, with the sweetest of weekly traditions. What a way to live, right?
For more Baileys inspired treats, be sure to check these Irish Cream Brownies and this Homemade Chocolate Pudding with Baileys Irish Cream.