Rich, dark chocolate Guinness bread laced with chocolate chips, walnuts, and frosted with a sweet Baileys glaze. It’s the perfectly indulgent dessert bread!

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Easy guinness brown bread with Baileys glaze.

About Baileys Dark Chocolate Guinness Bread

Guinness has a natural malty sweetness and a hoppy bitterness that not only makes it great for sipping but also perfect for baking. Especially when you’re baking with chocolate.

And, you guys, this dark chocolate Guinness bread is exactly the type of treat that makes baking with Guinness so worth it.

Plus, in keeping with the Irish theme, this delicious bread is also drizzled with a Baileys Irish Cream glaze, making it perfect for festive holidays like St Patrick’s Day.

Baileys glaze drizzled over baked guinness bread.

How long does Guinness bread last?

How long this bread lasts will depend on how you store it, as well as whether or not you’ve already drizzled it with the Baileys glaze.

Without glaze: This bread can be stored in a sealed container on the counter for up three or four days or in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

With glaze: The bread can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

And like most homemade bread, the flavor of this loaf will intensify after two days.

Sliced guinness bread.

Can Guinness bread be frozen?

Yes, it totally can!

When stored in an airtight container or freezer bag, this dark chocolate bread will keep its “best” quality for about two or three months. After that point, the texture of the bread might change, but it will remain good for up to six months frozen.

Guinness bread sliced and glazed.

Will Guinness bread make you drunk?

As far as the Guinness goes, since it’s baked in the bread, most – but not all – of the alcohol will “bake off” and leave only the malty sweet flavor. You can read more about how this works here: No Worries, the Alcohol Burns Off During Cooking—But, Does It Really?

However, keep in mind that the Baileys glaze is not baked, so this will include the same amount of alcohol content as it says on the bottle. You’re only using two tablespoons of Baileys Irish Cream to glaze the whole bread, but it’s still there, nonetheless. If this is a concern, you can substitute the Baileys Irish Cream for an equal amount of Baileys Irish Creamer (like for coffee) as a non-alcoholic alternative.

Moist Guinness bread sliced with Baileys glaze drizzed on top.

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How to make dark chocolate Guinness bread

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 large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and white pepper. Set this bowl aside for now.

Step 2 – Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer + large bowl), whip together the butter and brown sugar. Add the egg, then mix again.

Step 3 – Pour in the Guinness beer, then mix again.

Step 4 – Add the dry ingredients to the bowl, then mix well.

Step 5 – Add the chocolate chips and walnuts to the batter, then use a spatula fold them in.

Step 6 – Spray a 9×5 bread loaf pan with baking spray, then pour the bread batter in. Use a spatula to smooth out the top into a single layer.

Step 7 – Bake!

Step 8 – While the baked bread cools, prepare the Baileys glaze by adding powdered sugar, Baileys Irish Cream, and half and half to a small bowl, then whisk them all together.

Step 9 – Drizzle the Baileys glaze over the baked bread as you see fit.

Step 10 – Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Details

Baileys Dark Chocolate Guinness Bread! Rich and dark chocolate Guinness bread laced with chocolate chips and walnuts then frosted with a sweet Baileys glaze. |
4.58 from 45 votes

Baileys Dark Chocolate Guinness Bread

10 minutes prep + 55 minutes cook
463 kcal
Yields: 8 servings (slices)
Rich, dark chocolate Guinness bread laced with chocolate chips, walnuts, and frosted with a sweet Baileys glaze. It's the perfectly indulgent dessert bread!


Dark Chocolate Guinness Bread
Baileys Glaze


For the Dark Chocolate Guinness Bread
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×5 bread loaf pan with baking spray, then set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and white pepper. Set bowl aside.
    1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer + large bowl), beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape the edges of the bowl, then mix in egg. Add beer and mix for 30 seconds, just enough to break apart butter mixture into the beer.
    1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, 1 egg, 1 cup Guinness
  • Slowly add dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients, mixing gently in between. When all dry ingredients have been added, mix until just combined, when dry ingredients are no longer visible. Do not overmix.
  • Add chocolate chips and walnuts, then glently fold them into the batter.
    1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Pour bread dough into the prepared pan. Push the dough so that it fits into the corners, but do not smooth out top.
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a tester toothpick comes out clean with a few moist crumbs.
  • Let bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
For the Baileys Glaze
  • In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, Baileys, and cream until smooth.
    1 1/4 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoon Baileys Irish Cream, 2 teaspoon half and half cream
  • If you'd like the glaze to be thinner, add a small splash of baileys until desired consistency is reached. If you'd like the glaze to be thicker, add 1 tablespoon powdered sugar at a time until glaze is thick enough.
Putting it All Together
  • Once bread has cooled, drizzle Baileys glaze on top.
  • Serve immediately.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 396IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 3mg

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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    • Jill

    Great recipe! It all tastes great. Just one tip: the ratios for the glaze are off quite a bit. I had to add a lot more liquid to make it pourable as per the video.

    • Kev
    • 4 stars

    This stuff was a big hit. Thank you.

    The baileys made my icing a bit darker in tint than the photo would be my only minor feedback.

    This recipe was very delicious.

    • Aashna Chaudhry

    Can’t wait to try this!
    Can one use an alternative to Guinness? I don’t have it easily available.

    • Terri
    • 5 stars

    You’ve managed to use both Guinness AND Baileys!! Brilliant!!

    • Cindy
    • 5 stars

    This looks incredible, but I want to make cupcakes out of it. Would that work?