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Irish Cream Butter Cookies

These deliciously flavored Irish cream butter cookies taste a lot like shortbread cookies, but with an unexpected twist. They’re ever so slightly crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, and then topped with a chocolate-covered espresso bean. What could be better?!!

A vertical overhead photo of a baking sheet with a rack filled with Irish cream cookies topped with a glaze and a espresso bean.

Are you looking for a new cookie recipe that’s easy to make, delicious to eat, and one you haven’t seen year after year on the same old cookie platters?

Well then, it’s time to shake up the party with these unexpected Irish Cream Butter Cookies! Get ready for the compliments! You deserve them!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Irish Cream Butter Cookies is available at the end of this post. 

Christmas Cream Cheese Sprinkle Cookies (featured video) are another easy homemade cookie recipe I know you’ll enjoy!

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The ingredient list for making Irish Cream Butter Cookies;

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What if I don’t like chocolate-covered espresso beans?

Simple. Don’t use them.

What can I substitute for the espresso beans?

  • Chocolate Covered Candy
  • Chocolate Kisses
  • Raisins
  • Dried Cranberries

Do I have to use Irish cream liquor?

No. If you’d rather not use the alcohol, that’s perfectly fine.

You can substitute with the following:

  • Heavy Cream
  • Liquid Coffee Creamer (your choice of flavors)

Can these Irish butter cookies be frozen?

Yes! Most definitely!

Store them in an air-tight freezer container and freeze for up to 6 months.

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How many cookies does this recipe make?

4 dozen.

Salted butter or unsalted butter?

I know I go against popular belief on this, but I always use salted butter for baking.

I find that the little extra salt in the butter makes for a more flavorful baked good.

That said, if you know for a fact that the butter you generally use is extra salty, then you may want to use unsalted butter for your baking or omit the salt called for in the recipe.

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The step-by-step instructions;

  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  • Cream together the butter, sugar, and vanilla extract.
  • Add the Irish cream and blend to combine.
  • Add the flour and salt to the butter mixture and blend until a soft dough forms, being careful not to over mix.
  • Roll the dough into walnut-sized balls and place them onto parchment-lined baking sheets.
  • Press a chocolate-covered espresso bean onto the top of each dough ball.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 15-17 minutes, or until the underside of the cookies are lightly browned.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together confectioner’s sugar and additional Irish cream to form a glaze.
  • Cool the cookies on a wire rack.
  • Place the glaze into a small zip-top bag and snip a small hole in the corner of the bag.
  • Drizzle the Irish cream glaze over the cooled cookies.

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the nutritional information and instructions for making for today’s Irish Cream Butter Cookies. 

Yield: 48 cookies

Irish Cream Butter Cookies

A decorative round plate filled with Irish cream butter cookies with chocolate covered espresso beans

These deliciously flavored Irish cream butter cookies taste a lot like shortbread cookies, but with an unexpected twist. They're crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, and then topped with a chocolate-covered espresso bean. What could be better?!!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 sticks of butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Irish cream liquor
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3½ cups flour
  • 48 chocolate covered espresso beans
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1¼ tablespoon Irish cream liquor

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, 3 tablespoons Irish cream liquor, and vanilla extract until fluffy.
  3. Add the all-purpose flour and salt to the creamed mixture and blend until combined and a soft dough forms. Do not over mix.
  4. Roll the dough into balls the size of walnuts and place on parchment-lined baking sheets.
  5. Press a chocolate-covered espresso bean on top of each ball.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven for 15-17 minutes, or until the bottoms are lightly browned.
  7. Cool completely.
  8. Meanwhile, whisk together the confectioner's sugar and 1¼ tablespoon of the Irish cream liquor until smooth and creamy.
  9. Spoon the glaze into a small zip-top bag and snip off a small corner.
  10. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cookies and allow to set.

Notes

Store in an air-tight container, these cookies can be frozen for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Information

Yield

48 cookies

Serving Size

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving Calories 326Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 20mgSodium 61mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 3gSugar 23gProtein 4g

The nutritional information and calorie count provided is intended as a guideline only and has been provided by third-party software.

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Liz

Monday 9th of December 2019

These were fabulous, Renee! I loved the subtle taste of Irish cream plus they were so pretty! Thanks for the terrific recipe!

Renée

Monday 9th of December 2019

My pleasure, Liz. Glad you enjoyed them! Happy Holidays! Renee

Kelly Anthony

Monday 9th of December 2019

I can't wait to grab some Baileys and try these cookies out! Soft cookies are totally my jam...as is coffee...and espresso! Ha! These are going to be perfect!

Renée

Monday 9th of December 2019

Then these are going to become your very favorites, Kelly! Enjoy and happy holidays! Renee

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