Friday, June 18, 2010

Baileys Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

My sister Heather, who works as a reporter for NBC in Buffalo, NY, is in town visiting with her boyfriend this week. Despite our nine year age difference (I surpass her in age, not necessarily in maturity), we are quite close and see each other at least twice a year.

Her "welcome home" consisted of me baking one of her absolute faves - chocolate chip cookies.

They're not your traditional chocolate chip cookies, mind you; these suckers are enhanced with Baileys Mint Chocolate Irish Cream. I had been looking to get rid of the numerous bottles I had stockpiled during my at-home solo karaoke sessions this past winter (embarrassing, I know), when I stumbled upon this recipe.

What also makes these cookies different is that the recipe uses cake flour, not all-purpose. This results in a puffier, more tender cookie that is slightly paler in color. And I hardly need to mention that they are so much more delicious!

Baileys Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from RecipeZaar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Baileys Mint Chocolate Irish Cream
  • 2-1/4 cups cake flour (sift before measuring)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pkg. (6 oz.) bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 375ยบ F.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars until smooth. Add egg, vanilla and Baileys; blend well. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to mixture a little at a time, until thoroughly blended. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts.

Drop by the spoonful onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.


  1. Hey! I stumbled across your blog on food gawker and was immediately impressed! Everything looks delicious, but these cookies are genius!

    Any tips for another avid chicago baker?
    P.S. Sooo jealous you're going to a pastry school!

  2. Many thanks! ;)

    Alex: hey, nice to see a fellow baker from Chicago! Hmm, maybe I'll have some helpful tips after a few months of schooling. For now, I'm just a novice baker who is hoping to pursue it as a career...but I'm glad you enjoy the blog!

  3. These look good, but how do they taste? I guess I won't know unless you bring some to the bar...

  4. See you Thursday, Derek! ;)

    p.s. I'm officially banned from shots.

  5. banned from shots...unless they're baileys in cookie form :)

    they were super delish!!! we're still mad we forgot to take some home with us on the plane...would have been much better than peanuts, blech!

  6. This is perfect seeing as how I have a bottle or two or Bailey's just begging to be used. Really. They're crying in the kitchen.

    These look fantastic!

  7. YUM!! These look great. Can't go wrong with mint and chocolate!

    Would you mind checking out my blog? :D

  8. I'm making these for my boyfriend for his birthday! Can you use AP flour instead of cake flour? :)

  9. Yes, Lauren...but they will be more dense instead of cake-like.