What's a better treat than with this Irish-inspired cookie recipe?!

The original recipe from the mastermind behind A Beautiful Bite said these cookies "will have your Irish (or non-Irish) eyes smiling."

That sounds about right to us! The three flavors - chocolate, Guinness, and Baileys Irish cream - go perfectly together.

Guinness cookies with Baileys frosting recipe

  • Makes: 12
  • Prep time: 20 mins
  • Cook time: 13 mins
  • Total time: 33 mins


For the chocolate Guinness cookies:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Guinness
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the Irish buttercream frosting:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 3 tbsp Baileys Irish cream
  • 2 tbsp milk


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Cream together the butter, sugar, and eggs, add Guinness, and beat in a mixer, on medium, until even and smooth.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.

Add the flour mixture by the tablespoon to the sugar, egg, and Guinness mixture. Mix at a medium speed until it comes together.

Refrigerate for one hour.

Drop a heaped tablespoon onto cookie sheets.

Bake for 13 minutes.

Take them out of the oven and let them rest.

Place all the frosting ingredients into a mixer and beat until light and fluffy.

Spread on cooled cookies.

[Source: A Beautiful Bite.]

* Originally published in 2014, updated March 2023.