Janet's Notebook
Add Some Spirit to Your Baking

Irish Cream Chocolate Cookies

The Irish are famous for a few things. Beautiful landscapes, thatch cottages, rocky seascapes, rain, even their cuisine in recent years. But what the Irish really know well are their spirits. With St. Patrick's Day next week, I figured it would be fun to incorporate a few of my favorite Irish flavors into desserts.

"I love to visit Ireland and after searching found recipes that when put together create a taste of the Emerald Isle," shares Melanie Miller. Her Guinness, Bailey's and Jameson Whiskey Cupcakes really encompass the favorite drinks from Ireland.

What may at first seem to be an unlikely cupcake flavor turns out to be a real treat indeed! You can definitely taste all the different liquors in these sweet little cakes, so adjust the amounts to your liking. As a side note, we do not recommend driving if eating more than one of these!

With the alcohol not baking out, Heather M. Baker's Bailey's Irish Cream Fudge is definitely not for the wee leprechauns. But, the older leprechauns are sure to enjoy this recipe!

"This is the creamiest fudge ever and is sure to put a smile in those Irish eyes, says Heather. The fudge is easy to prepare and turns out super creamy. Take a look at Heather's Bailey's Irish Coffee Cream Fudge too. It tastes just like an Irish coffee. Paired together, these would be great gifts for friends.

Karyn Ryan had quite the dilemma. What to do with extra Irish cream? "I'm fed up drinking it so I'm using it up in my baking," decided Karyn. If you're a fan of Irish cream, then you'll be a fan of Karyn's Irish Cream Chocolate Cookies.

The flavor is in every layer of this cookie. And that icing on top?! My oh my... I could eat it with a spoon! Definitely an adults only treat.

"Careful after eating this delicious Irish cream dessert," jokes Sheila Senghas. "You'll be kissing the Blarney Stone for sure." Who knew that pistachio and Irish cream would be such a great flavor combination! Four ingredients combine to make a creamy, flavorful Irish Cream Pistachio Parfait perfect for a St. Patrick's Day party.

Don't be scared at adding Guinness to Linda Isaacs' Guinness Chocolate Cake. Surprisingly, it really enhances the flavor of the chocolate. The addition of sour cream makes this a wonderfully moist and delicious chocolate cake. If you are a chocolate lover then this is a must try. It's a great recipe for leftover Guinness... and easy too!

This year, toast St. Patrick's Day with one of these yummy desserts. Slainte!

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Carol Junkins - Mar 13, 2015
I am going shopping to get some of the ingredients needed for these yummy looking recipes here ~ also need raisins for my MY BEST IRISH BREAD
Kitchen Crew - Mar 11, 2015
Margie - If you click on the recipe name it will take you right to the recipe. If you click on the name of the cook, it will take you to the cook's page. It works the same way in emails. If you're having a problem, send an email to help@justapinch.com.
Susan Feliciano - Mar 10, 2015
Generally, you just click on the name of the recipe, and it takes you to the recipe. Hope this helps.
Margie Krause - Mar 10, 2015
And just HOW DO WE GET YOUR RECIPIES???? I have never understood what you want us to do...get the recipies or something else, unknown. I have almost completely stopped reading your e-mails because the recipies are often not available...or, at best, not easily known how to find them!
Kim Biegacki - Mar 10, 2015
All these recipes sound delicious! The problem is which one should I decide to try first...I've always wanted to make a Guinness Chocolate Cake because they are so delicious but I really have a love for pistachio too. Cookies, cupcakes and fudge too?! Oh my!