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Irish Cream Mousse

This sweet Irish Cream Mousse is an easy yet decadent dessert made with Bailey’s Irish Cream, heavy whipping cream, Greek yogurt, and sugar. This is the perfect dessert for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, when you want an easy weeknight dessert, or when you need something special for a dinner party.

If there’s one thing I absolutely love about the holidays, it’s dessert. And desserts for even “minor holidays” like Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day are just as important! In my opinion, every occasion calls for something sweet.

This recipe is a light and airy alternative to classic chocolate mousse. I love the smooth, creamy texture and that distinctive Irish cream flavor!


What is a Mousse?

A sweet mousse is a light and airy dessert made with egg whites or whipped cream with a flavored base. While it is similar to pudding, there is a big difference in texture and the overall ingredients used. While both desserts are smooth and creamy, pudding is usually thicker and has a stronger flavor.

Ingredients for Irish Cream Mousse

You only need a few simple ingredients for this delicious dessert. Make sure to follow the recipe card below for the exact amounts and directions.

Greek yogurt: you can use either plain or vanilla. 

Heavy Whipping Cream: You’ll use this in the mousse itself and for a topping.

Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur: I used two of the small individual serving bottles. You can substitute your favorite Irish cream liqueur.

Superfine sugar: If you don’t have it or can’t find it, you can easily make it yourself by using your food processor or blender. Directions are in the recipe card.

Powdered sugar

Pure vanilla extract

Bittersweet chocolate shavings and/or cocoa powder for garnish: this adds just a touch of chocolate for chocolate lovers!

That’s it! Super simple, huh? That’s why this dessert is an awesome recipe to whip up for dinner parties when you want an easy and fast dessert.

How do I make this recipe for Bailey’s Mousse?

Put the Greek yogurt, superfine sugar, and Bailey’s into a medium bowl and whisk together until well combined.

Make the whipped cream in a separate bowl by combining the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form. You can also use a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Be careful not to overmix (this results in stiff peaks instead).

Fold the whipped cream into the yogurt mixture with a rubber spatula until combined.

Place into a small bowl or separate serving glasses and refrigerate for about 15 minutes or until ready to serve. 

Top with additional whipped cream and garnish with a fine dusting of cocoa powder and/or chocolate shavings from some pieces of chocolate. Some even like to pour a generous nip of Baileys Irish Cream over the top! I won’t judge!

Can I make Irish Cream Mousse ahead of time?

Yes, you can make this creamy dessert ahead of time. I would recommend only making it the day before you plan to serve it if you need to make it in advance. Store it in a tightly sealed container and then right before serving, add a dollop of whipped cream and the chocolate shavings.

How do I store leftover mousse?

Transfer the mousse to an airtight container or cover it tightly with plastic wrap, then store it in the fridge for 2-3 days. 

Is this recipe for Bailey’s Irish Cream Mousse kid-friendly?

No. I would discourage you from serving it to children because of the alcohol content. If you’re looking for some kid-friendly St. Patrick’s Day recipes to serve, then I urge you to take a look at our 25 + St. Patrick’s Day Desserts, including those linked below:

St. Patrick’s Day Desserts

Slowly but surely we’re building our selection of St. Patrick’s Day desserts here on the 365 blog.
For example, these St. Patrick’s Day Marshmallows are super cute and easy to make. They’re just going to take a little bit of time but they will be well worth it.

Another option is this Lucky Charms Bark Recipe, featuring those marshmallows we all love from Lucky Charms cereal. You can make it extra special by adding some alphabet cookies to it, too!

One of my favorite things to serve on March 17th is my Irish Cream Dream Bars. This no-bake recipe is an easy dessert with a layer of Bailey’s deliciousness. A shortbread cookie crust, chocolate pudding, an Irish Cream Cheesecake, and whipped topping with Bailey’s in it, too. Sprinkle it with some chocolate curls and you’ve got one dessert that everyone will fall in love with!

Need more ideas? I’ve got a collection of more than 25 St. Patrick’s Day Desserts to choose from, too! Oh, and remember to serve your own Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream. It’s easy to make and is great to give as gifts, too!

More Awesome Dessert Recipes

Give one of these no-bake recipes a try:

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cornflake Cookies

Easy No-Bake Oreo Pie

Cinnamon Rice Krispies Treats

Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Bars – No Bake

Butterfinger Rice Krispies Treats

No Bake Cherry Hot Chocolate Cheesecake

Bailey’s Mousse is a light and easy dessert where Irish cream liquor takes center stage. This recipe is perfect when you want a recipe that will impress friends and family but won’t take a lot of time to make.



Keep an eye out for more of my easy recipes each week!


Irish Cream Mousse

Irish Cream Mousse is a super easy dessert made with Bailey’s Irish Cream, heavy whipping cream, Greek yogurt, and sugar. It is a recipe that’s perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, when you want an easy weeknight dessert or something special for a dinner party.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Bailey’s Mousse
Prep Time 15 minutes minutes
Refrigeration 15 minutes minutes
Total Time 30 minutes minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 306kcal
Author Lynne Feifer


Food processor or blender if you don’t have suoerfine sugar


¾ cup plain Greek yogurt can use vanilla if you prefer¾ cup heavy whipping cream plus additional for topping3 oz Irish Cream Liquor 6 tablespoons (I used two of the single serving bottles they sell at the liquor stores) ¼ cup superfine sugar directions for making it yourself are below1 tablespoon powdered sugar1 teaspoon pure vanilla extractchocolate shavings or cocoa powder for garnish


If you cannot find superfine sugar, use ¼ cup granulated sugar and pour it into your food processor or blender. Grind it for a few minutes until it becomes fine. Let it sit for a minute or two to allow the dust to settle before removing the lid.
Put the yogurt, sugar, and Bailey’s into a medium bowl and whisk together until well combined.
Pour the whipping cream, tablespoon of powdered sugar, and vanilla into a mixing bowl. Whip until soft peaks are formed.
Fold the whipped cream into the Bailey’s mixture. Divide evenly between four serving dishes, and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes or until ready to serve.
Before serving, top with additional whipped cream. Use a zester or vegetable peeler on a chocolate bar to sprinkle with chocolate shavings or dust with some cocoa powder.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 87mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 657IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1mg

When I was using the rolling pin rating for my recipes early on, this recipe earned a 3 rolling pin rating.

This post was originally published on 4/22/13 as part of my Secret Recipe Club series and is from Manu’s Menu.

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