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A glass cup holding a few scoops of Baileys ice cream with a bottle of Irish cream in the background.

Baileys Ice Cream

  • Author: Amanda McGrory-Dixon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Approximately 1 quart 1x


Whether you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or simply love a boozy dessert, this Baileys ice cream is your perfect treat. With its ultra creamy, velvety texture and loads of sweet Baileys flavor, every bite of this luscious homemade ice cream is pure decadence.



2 cups heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
1 cup sugar
7 egg yolks
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
5 tablespoons Baileys Irish cream


  1. Whisk together the heavy cream, whole milk and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Continue to whisk periodically to help dissolve the sugar. Once it simmers, turn off heat. Do not bring to a boil as this can cause the milk to separate.
  2. Whisk egg yolks and vanilla until pale, about three minutes. Add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the warm cream mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. This tempers the eggs to gently cook. Repeat this a few times.
  3. Add tempered egg-cream mixture back to the pot. Whisk constantly over medium heat and bring back to a simmer. Again, do not boil. Cook until mixture thickens and covers the back of a wooden spoon, about six to 10 minutes. Turn off heat.
  4. Pour into a large mixing bowl. Allow to cool for a few minutes and then place plastic wrap directly on top of the custard's surface. Refrigerate until cold, preferably overnight to ensure it's cold enough to churn properly.
  5. Pour custard into an ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer’s directors. In the last couple minutes of churning, pour in the Baileys. Do not do this sooner. Otherwise, the alcohol can mess with the freezing process. Pour into an airtight container and freeze for a few hours. Enjoy!


  • Prep time does not include chilling time or churning time as that can vary by machine.
  • Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Stove-Top
  • Cuisine: Irish-American


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 412
  • Sugar: 30
  • Sodium: 65
  • Fat: 27
  • Saturated Fat: 17
  • Carbohydrates: 35
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 4
  • Cholesterol: 250

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