"Layered chocolate and Baileys cream paired with crumbled Oreo cookies. A Baileys parfait is the perfect weekend retreat!"
I don’t know about you, but I’m beyond exhausted. I’m so ready
to do absolutely nothing have some fun this weekend doing all the things that don’t qualify as w-o-r-k, and I’m kicking things off in the best way I know how: with a Baileys parfait that’s swirled cookies and cream!
And because… wait, do I really need to sell you on these?
Just look at all those layers of cream and cookie crumbles. How could you not want to grab a spoon?
I know I couldn’t help but grab a spoon when confronted with these parfaits.
It’s one of those pesky “inconveniences” of my job, that one where I cook delicious food for a living – and, incidentally, my wonderful job is a big part of the reason why I’m running on empty right now.
Not only am I exhausted from keeping up with all the festive foods from recent holidays (if you’re suddenly wondering “what holidays?” that would the Super Bowl, Chinese New Year, and Mardi Gras – yeesh) but I’ve also taken on a new daily routine to help counter the effect that all this delicious food has on my waistline: walking our four dogs. Every day. This essentially means that I have to take the same walk
This essentially means that I have to take the same walk twice, because there’s no way to properly wrangle all four of our little mongrels at once (yet). The dogs are loving this new endeavour, but my hips, knees, and ankles are wondering WTF I’m thinking.
So, no, I didn’t hesitate at all before picking up a spoon. I’ve earned this.
I’ve earned this.
Now my weekend plans are complete: I can recline in my chair, put icy hot on everything that hurts, and let the chocolate and Baileys work their magic while I continue my X-Files marathon. Because creamy desserts and Spooky Mulder are what my dreams are made of.
Because creamy desserts and Spooky Mulder are what my dreams are made of.
I’ll get to the housework after I’ve had a parfait (or six) and I’ve watched an episode (or twenty). The dishes and laundry aren’t going anywhere (sadly).
Baileys Cookies and Cream Parfaits
- 15 Oreos
- 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 cup heavy whipping cream chilled *
- 1/3 cup Baileys chilled *
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
Using a food processor (or zip lock bag + rolling pin or meat tenderizer), crush the Oreo cookies into crumbles, then set aside.
Place chopped semi-sweet chocolate in a small bowl. Heat milk until steaming, then pour over chocolate. Let sit for 2-3 minutes, then stir. If any chunks of chocolate remain, heat in the microwave for 30-second intervals until all the chocolate has melted. Mixture will be very liquid, like chocolate milk. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer + large bowl), add in chilled heavy cream, Baileys, and powdered sugar and beat on high until stiff peaks form, about 5-7 minutes.
Divide cream mixture in half. The first half of the whipped cream will be left alone and is ready to use in the parfait. The second half will be mixed with the chocolate. When ready, slowly add the chocolate mixture over this half of the whipped cream, gently (yet thoroughly) folding them together until completely mixed.
To assemble the parfaits: Using a pastry bag (or just a spoon), add layers of the cream and crushed cookies as you see fit. To do this as pictured, I layered chocolate, then cream, then cookies, then cream again, then chocolate again, then cream again, and finally finish with any remaining cookie crumbles on top.
Parfaits can be served immediately. If you'd like the chocolate layer to be firmer, chill parfaits for 2-3 hours before serving.