You’ve made it all this December: Buffalo chicken pull-apart bread. Fireball-infused chocolate chip cookies. Christmas stollen. If you’ve been cooking and baking like a maniac since Thanksgiving, you’ve earned a break, and so has your oven.
But even so, you may not be able to resist making one more dessert (before we get into that time of the year when we temporarily ditch the foods dietitians say we shouldn’t eat). If so, a boozy, chocolatey no-bake pie is the balm your weary baker’s soul needs right now. Enter the Baileys chocolate pie.
Life, Love and Sugar’s recipe for Baileys chocolate cream pie takes less than an hour to put together, but you’ll want to give it plenty of time to chill. In addition to the all-important Baileys Irish Cream, you’ll need heavy whipping cream, cream cheese, unsweetened cocoa and Oreos, along with a few other standard ingredients for baking.
Though the pie itself is no-bake dessert, making this treat will require a tiny bit of baking if you choose to make your own Oreo crust. And you might as well go for it instead of opting for a store-bought crust, because you’ll want the cookies on hand to decorate this pie properly, anyway.
Wine and Glue has a much simpler take on the no-bake Baileys chocolate pie. This recipe only has six ingredients — it’s relying on a store-bought Oreo crust — and demands little of you tired bakers out there. Just drop all of the ingredients for the filling into a bowl, bust out your mixer and blend, then pour into the crust. Boom, pie.
The recipe calls for chilling it for four hours. But blogger Lisa also recommends popping it into the freezer for 15 minutes before you serve it to make the slices come out a bit cleaner.
Here’s a twist on these pies: Crazy for Crust has a recipe for Baileys pudding with Thin Mint crust. It will give the dessert an extra kick of mint to go with that Irish cream flavor. Like the Wine and Glue recipe, this is a straightforward take on the pie, with few ingredients and short prep time.
Blogger Dorothy made individual servings of this minty, boozy dessert, and if you serve it in small glasses, as she did, we have to wonder: Would it be wrong to drizzle extra Baileys on the top of these? Just a little?
Perhaps at this point, you are starting to wonder what you’ll do with your remaining Baileys Irish Cream, since these recipes will only use a cup or so of the liqueur. Don’t worry — Baileys has plenty of ideas for even more booze-infused desserts.
But we have another recommendation besides dessert: Make a pot of coffee as you’re preparing these pies. Fueling that last bit of no-bake baking of the year with an Irish coffee seems like a great way to say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019.
Happy New Year!