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No-Bake Bailey’s Cheesecake

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Rich no-bake Bailey’s cheesecake, incredibly creamy and delightful. An easy crust, decadent cream cheese, and mascarpone filling, topped with chocolate and coffee whipped cream. A cheesecake can hardly get any better!

bailey's cheesecake on a platter and a slice on a plate.

This gelatin-free, no-bake Bailey’s cheesecake is the perfect dessert for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year.

But you will probably like it so much, you will keep making it! Again and again! I know I do, I just love the creaminess, the flavor, the simplicity of the recipe… Anything about it, actually.

I love baking with Bailey’s (have a look at this Bundt Cake or these Muffins), the only drawback about it is that every time I do, I have to bake something extra for the kids. But no stress there either, just stir the batter for the Sour Cream Muffins or for this Apple Cake in just a few minutes and you can be sure that your kids will be happy as well.

Recipe ingredients

biscuits, cream cheese, mascarpone, sugar, butter, baileys on a wooden board.

Crust

  • Butter biscuits or butter cookies: I use them most of the time because I live in Germany and they are the most common thing to use for such crusts here. They are usually from Leibniz or better said their cheaper alternative.
  • However, if you live in the US Graham crackers are the best choice.
  • If you live in the UK, you would probably choose digestive biscuits.
  • You can also make an Oreo crust, it is delicious as well.
  • I never add sugar to this kind of crust, the biscuits are always sweet enough.
  • You will also need butter. Make sure it’s unsalted.

Filling

  • Cream cheese – Philadelphia style.
    • If you live in the US, use a block of cream cheese, not whipped cream cheese.
    • In Germany or anywhere else where blocks of cream cheese don’t exist, use the regular cream cheese in a tub, again, making sure it’s not whipped. Which probably isn’t, regular cream cheese is not whipped, if it is it will be written on the tub.
    • When opening the tub, drain the small amount of liquid if there is any. Philadelphia is usually liquid-free, but cheaper alternatives often have a tiny amount of liquid on top.
  • Mascarpone: It makes the no-bake Bailey’s cheesecake really rich and creamy and helps with the setting as it’s sturdier than cream cheese.
  • Baileys: You will need some both for the filling and the topping.

Topping

cream, baileys, coffee granules, chocolate on a chopping board.
  • Double/heavy cream for whipping. Not sweetened, vegan/vegetarian, or diet. Just the pure thing.
  • Bittersweet chocolate: use good quality, you will be able to taste it.
  • Instant coffee granules: just 1 teaspoon. You might think it’s not enough to really matter, but it does. It enhances the chocolate flavor and adds some coffee flavor you would love as well.
  • However, if you don’t feel like buying a whole jar of coffee for just 1 teaspoon, you can leave it out.
  • Chocolate sprinkles or other chocolate decoration of choice.
fork marks in a slice of creamy cheesecake.

Step-by-step instructions

Crust:

  • Crush the cookies/crackers/digestives in the food processor. Alternatively, place them in a freezer bag, close the bag well and crush the biscuits using a rolling pin. Transfer to a bowl.
  • Pour the melted butter on top and mix until the crumbs are completely coated.
  • Line the bottom of a small springform (20 cm/ 8 inches) with baking parchment.
  • Tip the crumbs into the tin and press firmly down into the base to create an even layer.
  • Chill until you make the filling.
springform with graham cracker crust.

Filling:

  • Place cheese and mascarpone in a bowl.
  • Add sugar and Bailey’s and mix to combine. Don’t overmix. (1)
  • Pour the mixture onto the crust. Smooth the top down with the back of a spoon or spatula.
  • Cover with cling film and refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours or overnight. (2)
collage of two pictures of making cream cheese filling in a bowl.

Topping:

  • Make sure that the double/heavy cream is cold before whipping, it whips much better when refrigerator-cold.
  • Chop the chocolate very finely. (1)
  • Place it in a small saucepan. Add the Irish cream and coffee granules. (2)
  • Heat very gently while stirring continuously until the chocolate is melted and the coffee granules are completely dissolved. (3)
  • Let cool for 5-10 minutes, it will not take long.
collage of three pictures of chopping and melting chocolate.
  • In the meantime, whip the cream until stiff. Set aside.
  • Once the chocolate is cool, fold in the whipped cream.
collage of two pictures of whipped cream and chocolate cream.
  • Spread the topping on the cheesecake. You can also pipe it if you like. Be creative!
  • Decorate with chocolate sprinkles, shavings, or other decorations of choice.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Expert tips

  • Always use a digital kitchen scale in baking, it guarantees for best results.
  • The cheesecake is made without gelatin. This makes it soft and incredibly creamy.
  • And don’t worry, it will keep its shape even without the help of gelatin. The block cream cheese and the even sturdier mascarpone will take care of that.
  • Allow the no-bake Baileys cheesecake to set long enough in the fridge, I always leave it overnight.
  • Use pure heavy cream for whipping. As mentioned above nothing sweetened, vegetarian, or diet. I always use fresh cream from the refrigerator section of the supermarket.
  • Make sure that the cream is refrigerator-cold before using, it makes it stable and better for whipping.
  • On the other hand, the cream cheese and mascarpone should have room temperature. This way they are easier to mix and the filling won’t be clumpy.

Recipe FAQ

Can I serve Bailey’s cheesecake to children?

Definitely no! Don’t serve it to children, pregnant women, or people with alcohol issues.

How to store?

Keep the no-bake Bailey’s cheesecake refrigerated. Don’t leave it on the counter for too long or it will soften too much.
The leftovers keep well for 2-3 days as long as they are refrigerated.

slicing a cheesecake topped with chocolate cream.

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No Bake Bailey’s Cheesecake

Rich no-bake Bailey's cheesecake, incredibly creamy and delightful. An easy crust, decadent cream cheese, and mascarpone filling, topped with chocolate and coffee whipped cream. A cheesecake can hardly get any better!
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Course: Pies and Cheesecakes
Cuisine: American, Irish
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 8 -10
Calories: 629kcal
Author: Adina

Ingredients 

  • Crust Note 1:
  • 3.5 oz butter biscuits/Graham crackers/digestives Note 2
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • Filling:
  • 2 1/4 cups mascarpone room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar a little more to taste
  • 1/3 cup Bailey's
  • Topping:
  • 3.5 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/4 cup Bailey's
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 cup heavy cream refrigerator-cold
  • chocolate sprinkles or shavings or other chocolate decoration of choice

Instructions

Crust:

  • Line the bottom of a small springform (20 cm/ 8 inches) with baking parchment.
  • Crush the biscuits in the food processor. Alternatively, place them in a freezer bag, close the bag well and crush the biscuits using a rolling pin. Transfer to a bowl.
  • Melt the butter and add it to the crumbs. Mix until the crumbs are completely coated.
  • Base: Tip the crumbs into the springform and press firmly down into the bottom to create an even layer.
  • Chill until you make the filling.

Filling:

  • Combine: Place the mascarpone, cream cheese, sugar, and Bailey's in a bowl. Mix to combine. Don't overmix. Pour the mixture onto the crust. Smooth the top down.
  • Refrigerate: Cover with cling film and refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours or overnight.

Topping:

  • Chop the chocolate very finely. Place it in a small saucepan together with Bailey's and coffee granules.
  • Heat gently while stirring continuously until the chocolate is melted and the coffee granules are completely dissolved. Let cool for 5-10 minutes; it will not take long.
  • Fill: In the meantime, whip the cream until stiff. Set aside. Once the chocolate is cool, fold in the whipped cream. Spread or pipe on the cheesecake.
  • Decorate: Sprinkle with the chocolate decoration of choice.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

  1. Always use a digital kitchen scale in baking; it guarantees for best results.
  2. The choice of biscuits depends on where you live. Oreos are great as well.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 629kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 383mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g
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mjskitchen

Monday 15th of March 2021

One can never get enough Bailey's. Beautiful cheesecake and I'm sure it taste as good as it looks.