These Baileys cookies and cream parfaits are a decadent dessert packed with layers of thick chocolate cream, boozy Baileys cream, and crumbled Oreo cookies.

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Three glasses full of prepared Baileys cookies and cream parfaits.

About Baileys Cookies and Cream Parfaits

When you’re craving an easy dessert, nothing quite beats a delicious parfait. Especially a boozy parfait, like these Baileys cookies and cream parfaits.

And let’s be honest here: what could be better than layers of chocolate and Baileys whipped cream between more layers of crumbled chocolate cookies?

Because, Baileys.

And cookies.

And chocolate.

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?

What’s in these parfaits?

To whip up these delicious chocolate and creamy desserts, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Oreos – These classic sandwich cookies are crushed up and used both for laying within the parfait and for sprinkling on top. It adds some texture and more chocolate flavor.
  • Heavy whipping cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar – Whipped on high speed to create the deliciously fluffy homemade whipped cream.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate and milk – Heated and melted together, then mixed in with some of the whipped cream for a sweet chocolate layer.
  • Baileys Irish Cream – The star of the show! Baileys brings a sweet and milky flavor with notes of vanilla, chocolate, and an Irish whisky finish. Like the chocolate, Baileys is mixed in with the homemade whipped cream to infuse these parfaits with flavor.

Do you have to use Baileys?

If you’re looking to make these parfaits without the alcohol, you can substitute the Baileys liqueur with Baileys coffee creamer. This way you can have all the Irish flavor without the booze.

If you don’t mind the alcohol but Baileys just isn’t your thing, you can also make this parfait using either Kahlua or RumChata.

Top down view of three Baileys parfaits, showing off cookie crumble on top.

What type of chocolate should you use?

There are many different brands of chocolate baking bars – even some made by popular candy companies – but from my experience, the best chocolate for baking, fudges, or parfaits is Ghirardelli. It consistently performs well while baking, has a great texture (never chalky), and has a delicious flavor. This brand is a little more expensive, but trust me, you’ll appreciate the flavor and consistency you’ll get from the premium quality.

You can find their semi-sweet chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate bar either in the bakery aisle of most grocery stores or you can buy it online.

Tricks for perfectly whipped cream

Since I posted this recipe a few years ago, readers have commented that they’ve had trouble getting the heavy whipping cream to whip properly.

For this recipe, the whipped cream should be fairly thick, so getting the consistency right is key. The recipe states that the cream should form stiff peaks, and that’s exactly what it sounds like: when you remove the mixer blades, the cream should pull upward and then keep its shape, looking like mountain peaks.

To help ensure this happens, try these tips:

  • Use high-quality whipping cream that’s extremely fresh (just purchased, just opened).
  • Chill the heavy whipping cream in the freezer 15 minutes before use. Use the cream as soon as it’s removed from the fridge.
  • If you’re using any metal, porcelain, or glass attachments for mixing (bowl, whisk, etc) try freezing or chilling them beforehand.
Close up of a spoon digging into a Baileys cookies and cream parfait.

Can you make the parfaits in advance?

Yes, you can make these parfaits in advance, but there are a few things to keep in mind:

Wait to Assemble – Since this recipe uses crumbled cookies, you may want to store the three main ingredients (crumbled cookies, chocolate cream, and Baileys cream) separately and wait to layer the parfait until just before serving. If you assembled the parfaits and then stored them in the fridge, the cookies may become soft or soggy over time.

Texture May Change – If the parfaits are stored in the refrigerator for more than four hours, the chocolate cream may firm up a bit. This won’t impact the taste, but you may need to let the parfaits soften on the counter for 30 minutes before enjoying.

Stabilize the Cream – And, finally, since this recipe uses whipped cream, you may want to adjust the whipped cream recipe to be stabilized whipped cream. Essentially this just means that you will add a little cornstarch to the whipped cream to help it keep its volume and shape over a longer period of time. Adding the cornstarch won’t change the taste but the consistency will be firmer. If you’d like to try this, add about 3 tablespoons of cornstarch when mixing in the powdered sugar.

How long are Baileys parfaits good for?

If you have not taken any of the precautions listed above (such as using stabilized cream) then it’s best to enjoy these parfaits within four hours of being prepared.

Notes & tips for making a baileys parfait

Holding up a spoonful of Baileys parfait.

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How to make baileys parfaits

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – In a food processor, add the Oreos and pulse until nice and crumbly. Set aside.

Step 2 – In a small bowl, add the chopped semi-sweet chocolate. Pour on some hot milk, then whisk until all of the chocolate is melted. Set bowl aside so that the milk chocolate mixture can cool completely.

Step 3 – Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer + large bowl), whip together the heavy whipping cream, Baileys Irish Cream, and powdered sugar until nice and thick and stiff peaks have formed.

Step 4 – Separate the whipped cream in half. In one half, slowly pour in the milk chocolate mixture and whisk until you have a nice chocolate cream.

Step 5 – Layer the parfaits as you see fit. Do this as pictured, start with a chocolate layer, then a white cream layer, then crumbled Oreos. Repeat until you can end with crumbled Oreos.

Step 6 – Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Details

Three glasses full of prepared Baileys cookies and cream parfaits.
4.19 from 230 votes

Baileys Cookies and Cream Parfaits

20 minutes prep
1197 kcal
Yields: 3 parfaits (12 ounce)
These Baileys cookies and cream parfaits are a decadent dessert packed with layers of thick chocolate cream, boozy Baileys cream, and crumbled Oreo cookies.



  • Using a food processor (or Ziploc bag + rolling pin or meat tenderizer), crush the Oreo cookies into crumbles, then set aside.
    15 Oreos
  • 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.
    4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, 1/2 cup milk
  • Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer + large bowl), add in chilled heavy cream, Baileys, and powdered sugar and beat on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 5-7 minutes.
    2 cups heavy whipping cream, 1/3 cup Baileys Irish Cream, 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 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.


Serving: 1parfait | Calories: 1197kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 90g | Saturated Fat: 52g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 27g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 224mg | Sodium: 358mg | Potassium: 516mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 2418IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 186mg | Iron: 8mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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    • Jodi

    Perhaps I missed this somewhere but how much Bailey’s do you add, and can you add more if wanted?

    • Chelaine

    Any suggestions on measurements to use Kahlua instead of bailey’s?

      • Mandy

      It would be the same lol you’re just replacing one alcohol with another

    • Judy Rozgo

    I just made these in martini glasses! The recipe made four martini glasses! Delicious with a striking presentation! Success! Huge hit!

    • Lani

    It says Baileys in the title and it is listed as BOOZY in the first 2” of the title page in RED!

    • Mo

    Would love to try this recipe in the future but it won’t print and it won’t pin

      • Mandy

      Pencil and paper are still a thing

        • Barb

        That’s funny good one you told her !!

    • Maii-Yonna

    Haven’t tried it yet but is the alcohol for flavor or does it actually get you buzzed? Thank you

    • Teddy

    How can I increase the ingredients to yield about 15 people? Or can I turn this into some sort of pie?–the texture might not hold up for a pie, right?

      • Mandy

      Why do you expect her to tell you that lol do some math:) if one serving makes 6 of these, then doubling would make 12. But then you have 3 more til 15 so that’s half of the original serving size. Increase your increments by 2.5 and that should be the amount of ingredients you need to make 15. Use your own head.

        • Suzanne

        Hi Mandy. I just wanted to thank you for the chuckle or LOL as you have said several times on this post. You were so busy being critical of Teddy’s questions that you forgot to read the recipe carefully. The recipe clearly states that it makes 3 servings. 3×5 equals 15 servings. Take your own advice and “use your own head,” but remember to read first. Practice being polite and you will be less likely to embarrass yourself.😊

    • Anita Daryanani

    Is there a milk preference? I know that whole milk would make it thicker but which did you use/reccomend?

    • Splash
    • 5 stars

    Easy to make.
    Loved by all ages.
    An Absolutely Yum Dessert.
    Thank you 🤗

    • Jodi Sowell

    Delicious, made it just like you suggested and it was quick and easy. Thank you!

    • Carina
    • 5 stars

    Loved it! I recommend doing the creames a day early and cooling them over night. The chocolate cream turns into an even more delicious Mousse au Chocolat with Baileys flavor! Is there anything better? I put it all together before serving as recommended so the cookies would stay crunchy and it was fantastic. I also made a version without alcohol for kids and the drivers within our guests. I used chocolate milk. It was great as well.

    • SweetPea
    • 5 stars

    Baileys coffee creamer by International Delights works as an alternative so that you can have a non-alcoholic version. I have made this for work a few times. An absolute hit! I altered the serving size after trying it as described and found it to be a bit much. And I LOVE chocolate! I used small 2-3 oz shot glasses and it was the perfect amount.

    • Kathy Miles

    These are wonderful. Prepared 12 for Bunco night and the only sound was the clinking of spoons on glass. They gobbled them up!! Delicious. Recipe turned out perfectly. Thanks for the note on the order of your layers. Hubby doesn’t consume alcohol. I told him them they were for the ladies who do, so too bad!! The Bailey’s is a great addition.

    • Benny nielsen

    Hvor mange personer er opskriften til?

    • Deb
    • 5 stars

    I truly love the stories and anecdotes but on days right before a holiday and I’m short on time which is usually always and have a house full of soy free and gluten free and allergies. I would really like for the recipe ingredients to be listed closer to the top of the article.

      • Splash

      Me too

        • Dawn

        Omg, yes! Save the life story for your Christmas letter

        • Joyce D.

        Caroline’s Irish Cream is gluten free. So are the heavy cream and chocolate chips. I bought gluten free Oreos at Walmart.
        I will be making this for St. Patrick’s day dessert.

      • Bear

      Meanwhile, back in the real world…if the 5 seconds it takes to scroll to the bottom of the page for the recipe section is more time than you’ve got to spare, no webpage on Earth is going to help you.

      Folks, these webpages…and ALL of them are like this…are set up this way for specific reasons; namely, what’s called “search engine optimization”. SEO is the process of increasing the quality and quantity of website traffic by increasing the visibility of a website or a web page to users of a web search engine. In short, it increases the likelihood that a webpage will appear higher in search engine results, and means more traffic…and therefore more money…for the page owner. Creating and hosting these pages for YOU is how page owners get paid, so it’s a pretty important consideration.

    • Heather D

    Please verify, I will get 3, 6 oz parfaits with the ingredients listed. Thx

    • Brittany

    Is the nutritional information per serving or for the entire recipe??

      • Mina

      Obviously it looks like for the entire recipe, 1320kcal per serving would not be real.

      • Nikki B

      I put it in Fitness Pal and the nutrition info listed per serving is indeed correct if you only make 3 servings with this recipe.

    • Betty

    What can u use instead of Bailey’s, we don’t drink or use ALCOHOL in anything, that would be very helpful if you’d add that when using ALCOHOL in a recipe , so plz help

      • Mlaflamme27
      • 5 stars

      Find a different recipe with out ALCOHOL. 😉

        • SweetPea
        • 5 stars

        Baileys coffee creamer by International Delights works. I don’t either and have made this for work a few times. An absolute hit!

        • SeeetPea
        • 5 stars

        Baileys coffee creamer by International Delights works. I don’t either and have made this for work a few times. An absolute hit!

      • Splash

      Simply find & make a recipe that has no ALCOHOL Betty 👍🏼🙂🥂

      • Shawna

      Try using Irish Cream flavored coffee creamer instead.

    • Heather

    Would this work with using Cool Whip instead of having to whip up heavy cream? And would I do everything else the same? Thanks!

    • Inquisitive Guereza

    Looks delicious but I’m wondering: in the image right below “I’ve earned every last bite of these Baileys cookies and cream parfaits”, is there a crack in that glass?

      • Chrisy

      No, not a crack – I guess it’s just a reflection 🙂 We still use these same glasses for desserts and drinking wine.