"Layered chocolate and Baileys cream paired with crumbled Oreo cookies. This delicious Baileys parfait is the perfect weekend retreat!"
I’m getting ready for the weekend, and I’m starting things off right with this homemade parfait. Becuase, honestly, what could be better than Baileys whipped cream in a cookies and cream dessert?
I don’t know about you, but this week has left me 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? This is an Oreo whipped cream dessert we’re talking about!
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.
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 all wondering WTF I’m thinking.
So, no, I didn’t hesitate at all before picking up a spoon.
I’ve earned every last bite of these Baileys cookies and cream parfaits.
Now my weekend plans are complete: I can recline in my chair, put icy hot on everything that hurts, and let the Baileys whipped cream and in this cookies and cream dessert work it’s magic while I continue my X-Files marathon.
Because an Oreo whipped cream dessert 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).
notes & tips for making a baileys parfait:
- The glasses pictured are standard stemless wine glasses. We bought our set ages ago, but these stemless wine glasses are nearly identical.
- Whipping homemade cream can sometimes be tricky, so I always recommend you use cream that is extremely fresh (just opened for the first time) and that it is very chilled. Either wait to remove the cream from the refrigerator until just before you’re ready to whip OR you can set the cream in the freezer for 15 minutes before use. I’ve also heard of people freezing their whisk attachments or mixing bowls, especially if your bowl is metal, glass, or porcelain. Every little bit helps!
- For this recipe, I highly recommend using a stand mixer or a hand mixer. This isn’t a recipe you can make by hand with a whisk.
- For crumbling the Oroes, you can use food processor OR put the Oroes in a Ziploc bag (gallon sized) and use a meat tenderizer or a standard rolling pin to hit and crush the cookies. If you’re using the second method, I like to put a wood cutting board underneath the bag so I don’t crack or damage my countertops.
- If you like Baileys, be sure to check out these recipes: Baileys Cookies and Cream Dip, Baileys Dark Chocolate Guinness Bread, and Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Baileys Frosting.
- If you like creamy desserts, be sure to check Tiramisu Parfaits or Easy Tiramisu Dip!
Baileys Cookies and Cream Parfaits
Layered chocolate and Baileys cream paired with crumbled Oreo cookies. This delicious Baileys parfait is the perfect weekend retreat!
- 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.
- 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.