Irish Cream Fudge - Bailey's Fudge Recipe with Coffee Flavor (2024)

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This delicious Bailey’s fudge recipe has a surprise addition of coffee for a great flavor. It is creamy and sweet and has a lovely consistency.

This year, make some Irish Cream Fudge as a part of your Christmas traditions!

Who doesn’t love the taste of a glass of Bailey’s Irish cream during the holidays? It is rich and thick and so creamy with that delicious hint of whiskey in the background.

Now imagine that taste in a piece of holiday fudge! BOOM! What a flavor combo!

Making fudge is a favorite of mine pastime during the holidays. I don’t make fudge very often during the year, because I do try to watch my weight, but during November and December I indulge in it.

This recipe for Irish Cream Fudge infused with Bailey’s Irish Cream & cold Coffee is as tasty as can be. It is my favorite sweet treat, so I like to have a lot of fudge recipes on hand.

NOTE: This is not a really easy fudge. In order to get the right consistency, the main fudge mixture must be boiled for five minutes or so to get it to the soft ball stage. But the flavor makes it worth the effort.

More fudge recipes

Are you a fudge lover like I am during the holidays? Try one of these recipes, too:

  • Reeses peanut butter cup fudge
  • White Chocolate Mosaic fudge
  • Easy dark chocolate peanut butter fudge

Time to make someBailey’s Irish cream Fudge

To make the Irish Cream Fudge, you will need Bailey’s Irish Cream. I had a bottle on hand that was unopened, but when I undid the top, I discovered to my horror that it had gone off and I could not shake it to make it good again.Irish Cream Fudge - Bailey's Fudge Recipe with Coffee Flavor (2)

Since I had all my ingredients out and it was a Sunday, I decided to make my own Bailey’s Irish Cream.It is just as good as the original and costs a fraction of the price. Irish Cream Fudge - Bailey's Fudge Recipe with Coffee Flavor (3)

To make the fudge you will need: (affiliate links)

    1. 3/4 cup of butter
    2. 3 cups of granulated sugar
    3. 2/3 cup of evaporated milk
    4. 1/3 cup of Bailey’s Irish cream
    5. 2 Tbsp-cold coffee (the liquid from a cup of coffee, not granules)
    6. 1 – 7 oz-jar marshmallow cream
    7. 1 11 oz package of butterscotch morsels
    8. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Irish Cream Fudge - Bailey's Fudge Recipe with Coffee Flavor (4)To make this Bailey’s fudge recipe, start by placing aluminum foil in the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch pan. It will make it so much easier to get the fudge out later.

Just use the pieces on the top as handles and then peel it off later. Irish Cream Fudge - Bailey's Fudge Recipe with Coffee Flavor (5)Mix together the Bailey’s and cold coffee and place it in a microwave safe bowl and heat for about 20 seconds until it is well mixed. Irish Cream Fudge - Bailey's Fudge Recipe with Coffee Flavor (6)On the stove top, combine the butter, evaporated milk, sugar and marshmallow cream until well mixed and smooth. Irish Cream Fudge - Bailey's Fudge Recipe with Coffee Flavor (7)Slowly stir in the Bailey’s Irish cream mixture and mix well. Continue to cook after it boils for five minutes, stirring the whole time, so that it does not stick.

It will be at the soft ball stage. (drop a bit of the fudge mixture into a glass of water…it will form a small ball.)Irish Cream Fudge - Bailey's Fudge Recipe with Coffee Flavor (8)Stir in the butterscotch chips and vanilla extract. Irish Cream Fudge - Bailey's Fudge Recipe with Coffee Flavor (9)Pour the mixture for the Bailey’s fudge recipe into your prepared pan. I had to hurry as it was starting to harden. I love this stage.

I know that I have cooked it long enough when it starts to harden on the sides of my cooking pan. There is nothing as discouraging as spending time on fudge and not having it set later.

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The holidays will soon be here and fudge is a part of any dessert table. What is better than plain fudge? Fudge made with Bailey's Irish Cream. It's sweet and creamy and a hit at any holiday gathering. Click To Tweet

Tasting the Bailey’s Fudge Recipe

This Irish cream fudge has the perfect texture. I like a fudge that is not too sticky and this one cuts into beautiful chunks.

The taste is sweet and creamy with a hint of coffee in the background. My husband is a big coffee drinker and really likes this fudge!Irish Cream Fudge - Bailey's Fudge Recipe with Coffee Flavor (10)

Place in the fridge until set. Cut into pieces and enjoy. For more great Bailey’s desserts, try these Baileys Mudslide Truffles, andBailey’s Irish cream brownies. YUM!

Would you like a reminder of this recipe for Bailey’s Irish cream fudge? Just pin this image to one of your Pinterest dessert Boards.Irish Cream Fudge - Bailey's Fudge Recipe with Coffee Flavor (11)

Yield: 30

Bailey's Irish Cream & Coffee Fudge

Irish Cream Fudge - Bailey's Fudge Recipe with Coffee Flavor (12)

Get the taste of Bailey's Irish cream in a piece of holiday fudge, for the ultimate in Christmas sweet treats.

Cook Time10 minutes

Total Time10 minutes


  • 3/4 cup of butter
  • 3 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup of evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup of Bailey's Irish cream
  • 2 Tbsp cold coffee (the liquid, not granules)
  • 1 - 7 oz-jar marshmallow cream (NOT marshmallows - cream in a jar)
  • 1 11 oz pkg of butterscotch chips
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


  1. In a small bowl combine Bailey's Irish cream and the cold coffee.
  2. Place the mixture in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 10 seconds. or until melted and dissolved well.
  3. Melt the butter milk, sugar and marshmallow cream in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat.
  4. Slowly stir in the Bailey's coffee mixture; mix well and boil for 5 minutes. (Should be to the soft ball stage)
  5. Remove from heat and stir in butterscotch chips and vanilla extract.
  6. Stir for 3-4 minutes. until the mixture is smooth. Pour into a foil lined 8 x 8" pan.
  7. Chill to set and then cut into pieces.
Irish Cream Fudge - Bailey's Fudge Recipe with Coffee Flavor (2024)


Why is my Baileys fudge not setting? ›

The main reason is that your Fudge has not reached the optimum temperature. If your mixture only reaches 110 or 112 degrees Celsius it will always be soft. That's why we recommend investing in a sugar thermometer. Another reason your Fudge is not setting is that the ratio of liquid to sugar is too high.

Do baileys taste like coffee? ›

Baileys is often associated with coffee due to its frequent inclusion in coffee-based co*cktail recipes. However, the flavor of Baileys is more balanced and features notes of Irish whiskey, cream, and chocolate, which work together to create a distinct and delicious taste that is beloved by many.

What makes high quality fudge? ›

You have to control two temperatures to make successful fudge: the cooking temperature AND the temperature at which the mixture cools before stirring to make it crystallize. Confectionery experiments have shown that the ideal cooking temperature for fudge is around 114 to 115 °C (237 to 239 °F).

What not to do when making fudge? ›

7 Common Mistakes to Avoid for Candy Shop-Worthy Fudge and Caramels
  1. Using the Wrong Pan. All candy and confections start by melting sugar. ...
  2. Stirring the Sugar. ...
  3. Not Using a Candy Thermometer. ...
  4. Leaving Out the Parchment Paper Lining. ...
  5. Skipping the Cooking Spray. ...
  6. Scraping the Pot. ...
  7. Using a Cold Knife to Slice.
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How do you make fudge creamy and not grainy? ›

Grainy Fudge

To avoid this issue, swirl the pan instead of stirring it with a spoon. You can use a wet pastry brush to wipe down any sugar that sticks to the sides of the pot.

Can I fix fudge that didn't set? ›

OPTION 3) Sieve together some powdered sugar and cocoa powder, and gradually work this into your unset fudge until it reaches the consistency of dough, then roll out and cut into squares, or shape into balls and then roll in powdered sugar (roll the balls in icing sugar, not yourself).

What is the secret to smooth fudge that is not gritty? ›

Once a seed crystal forms, it grows bigger and bigger as the fudge cools. A lot of big crystals in fudge makes it grainy. By letting the fudge cool without stirring, you avoid creating seed crystals.

How to make fudge thicker? ›

If your fudge is soft or runny, it probably didn't come up to a high enough temperature while it was cooking. Put it back into the saucepan and add 1–2 US tbsp (15–30 ml) of 35% fat whipping cream. Stir the fudge as it heats, but only until the sugar in the chocolate is completely melted again.

What's better in coffee, Kahlua or Baileys? ›

However, which one should you choose from the two of them depends on what you typically like to eat/drink. If you're looking for something sweet with chocolate notes, Baileys is your best bet. On the other hand, if you're looking for something creamy with coffee notes, Kahlua is your best bet!

Are Kahlua and Baileys the same thing? ›

Baileys and Kahlua both complement a freshly brewed cup of coffee, but there are distinct differences between the two liqueurs. Baileys is creamy and derives its taste from cream, cocoa, and Irish Whiskey. Kahlua is dark without the creaminess of Baileys and is made with 100 percent arabica coffee, rum, and sugar.

What to mix Baileys with? ›

It goes well with hot drinks, like coffee, hot chocolate, and even earl grey tea. You can mix Baileys with cold drinks, working wonders mixed with co*cktails like an espresso martini or a white Russian. In fact, you can mix Baileys with most spirits to make your favourite drink that extra bit yummier!

What is the most popular flavor of fudge? ›

After years of testing recipes, we're pretty sure we have a handle on the most popular fudge flavors, but chocolate and cherry will always rank high on the list.

Do you stir fudge while it is boiling? ›

Stir the ingredients to dissolve the sugar until the mixture comes to a boil. If your recipe uses milk, stirring will keep the mixture from curdling. But once it reaches about 236–238 degrees F/113–114 degrees C (the "soft-ball" stage), do not stir it or even shake the pan.

Where is the best fudge in the world? ›

Fudge on Mackinac Island Today

Sampling Mackinac Island fudge remains one of the favorite activities of visitors, with chocolate being the most popular (although when President Gerald R. Ford came to Mackinac Island in 1975 he opted for vanilla pecan.)

What keeps fudge from getting hard? ›

If you let your fudge get too hot, the sugars will start to concentrate and the fudge will be crumbly, dull, and hard. To fix it, put it back into the saucepan and add about 3–4 US tbsp (44–59 ml) of 35% fat whipping cream. Stir the mixture as you heat it until the sugar in the fudge is melted.

What causes fudge not to harden? ›

However, homemade fudge doesn't always set up into a semi-firm, melt-in-your-mouth confection. If your fudge doesn't firm up after a few hours, you either have too high an amount of liquid to sugar, or your mixture hasn't reached the soft-ball stage. Using a candy thermometer can help home cooks avoid this problem.


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