A Baileys Friendsgiving

 

Holidays are meant to be a time for spending with friends and family, but sometimes the hustle and bustle of all the planning, cooking, shopping, and driving to and fro gets in the way of really being able to visit and relax.

I’m hoping this holiday season will be different, and I think it can with a little planning, a little of politely saying “no” to some events, and a little realization that spending time with friends or family doesn’t mean we have to kill ourselves preparing elaborate decor or food.

When Baileys® Original Irish Cream contacted me about hosting a Baileys® Friendsgiving, a time to celebrate friendships over a meal or simple cocktails, I was happy to join in for time with friends to share recipes, talk about upcoming plans, and, of course, laugh.

I decided to have a “Let’s share our favorite holiday recipes, eat some tasty food, and make some goodies to share party.” It’s a new theme. They have matching plates, napkins, and everything.

Nah, I jest.

It was a casual affair. The party planning didn’t take much to put together, which meant more time for relaxing and visiting. Nothing fancy. Nothing time consuming. I whipped up a few recipes featuring Baileys to share with my friends, put together some simple party favors, and gathered the ingredients for making “Cookies in a Jar” for us to put together to deliver as a Thank You for teachers, librarians, firemen and others in our community, all while we listened to our favorite 70′s and 80′s tunes.

For a simple party favor, I tied a recipe for the main dessert that I served, Baileys Salted Caramel Chocolate Pie, around some wooden utensils.

 

 

 

The pie was delightful. Baileys Salted Caramel Chocolate Pie is seriously simple. It was prepped in no time and refrigerated for a few hours.

 

 

 

Apple cider was warmed along with spices, and used (cooled) as a base with, again (because it’s now my favorite) Baileys® with a hint of Caramel to create a Baileys Caramel Apple Cocktail. Yum!

 

 

 

To top things off, we enjoyed coffee and hot chocolate with a simple Baileys Mint Chocolate Whipped Cream topping. The whipped topping can easily be made with any of the Baileys flavors and used not just for adding to drinks but to garnish pies, fruit, and other desserts.

 

 

 

The flavored whipped topping is super easy and a recipe I’ll be using over and over again throughout the year.

 

 

 

After we ate, we set up an assembly line to put together the jars of cookie mix. Recipes and a simple “Thank You” were printed out and attached to each jar.

 

 

 

The jars were done in no time and we all had fun working together on the goodies.

 

 

 

It’s amazing how many we made so quickly. Many hands make for light work, and it’s hardly work when friends are involved. We had a fun night. It flew by much too quickly, and I’m already thinking about what we can do next.

I’m thankful for my friends, and our times together, so I hope I can purposefully set aside time for spending with them, not just during the holidays, but all year long. The years pass swiftly. If we’re not intentional about capturing time for our friendships, we’ll be preparing for next year’s holidays before we know it.

I know I’ll be making a point to do that from here on out. A Friendsgiving is a great reason to get together. Will you join me?

 

Below are the Baileys® recipes I mentioned. Enjoy!

Baileys Salted Caramel Chocolate Pie
 
Author:
Serves: Makes 8-10 servings.
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 fluid ounces (4 tablespoons) Baileys® with a hint of Caramel*
  • 1 chocolate cookie pie crust
  • Coarse salt for sprinkling
  • Optional for garnishing: shaved chocolate, caramel sauce for drizzling
Instructions
  1. Melt chocolate chips according to package directions.
  2. Let cool slightly.
  3. Whip cream and sugar.
  4. When soft peaks begin to form, gradually add Baileys with a hint of Caramel.
  5. Gently mix in the melted chocolate.
  6. Spread mixture into pie crust and sprinkle top with coarse salt.
  7. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours.
  8. *Substitute other Baileys flavors to create different versions.
  9. This recipe contains no more than 0.6 fl. oz. of alcohol per serving.

 

 

Baileys Caramel Apple Cocktail

1/2 cup apple cider

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch ground nutmeg

Pinch ground ginger

Pinch ground cloves

2 oz. Baileys® with a hint of Caramel

Warm apple cider and spices.

Let cool or serve warm with 2 ounces of Bailey® with a hint of Caramel.

This recipe contains no more than 0.6 fl. oz. of alcohol per serving.

Baileys Mint Chocolate Whipped Cream
makes 12 servings (dollops)

6 oz chocolate chips

1 cup whipping cream

1 tablespoon sugar

4 tablespoons Baileys® with a hint of Mint Chocolate

Using a mixer, whip cream and sugar, when peaks being to form, stream in Baileys® with a hint of Mint Chocolate until combined.

Serve right away or refrigerate until ready to serve.

This recipe contains no more than 0.6 fl. oz. of alcohol per serving.

 

Check out the BlogHer.com round-up page to read about other blogger’s Friendsgiving celebrations.

Join Baileys on Facebook for more recipes and inspiration to throw your own.

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Comments

  1. 3

    says

    I can’t think of a better way to end a meal than with this Baileys Salted Caramel Chocolate Pie. Looks so irresistably delicious.

  2. 7

    says

    I love this, Amy! The pie looks amazing and I love what you’re doing with the jars of cookie mix! Will you share the recipe? I did the same thing a few years back and have thinking that I really, really want to do this again! So thank you!

  3. 10

    Kristen says

    What a fun event – Bailey’s is my “mommy’s little helper”. I love it! Great recipes :)

  4. 15

    Denise says

    The Bailey’s pie and special coffee were wonderful!! Working together on the cookies-in-jar gifts was such a fun way to spend an evening with friends…thanks, Amy!! :)

  5. 16

    Laura Cook says

    How fabulous to have been a part of this “Friendsgiving”! The Bailey’s inspired treats were tastfully tantalizing & the gift-making gently folded in with w/ girl friend time was GRAND. May I please come back???

  6. 18

    says

    What a great party favor! Those are the best kinds of parties too. My favorite is a cookie swap we do every year, but instead of taking them home for ourselves, we make containers to deliver to the single sailors that live here on the Navy base who are stationed far from home during the holidays. Reminds you what the whole season is really all about!

  7. 24

    Deborah says

    I’m jealous. I hardly ever get any “friend” time these days. Looks like you had a lot of fun. I’m definitely going to try a few the recipes.

  8. 25

    Samantha says

    This looks AMAZING! Those jars are an outstanding gift giving idea for little thank-yous. Brilliant idea.

    • 28

      says

      Lovely idea! I’m hoping to have a more low key holiday season too and love the idea of gathering with friends to make gifts for others. That pie looks insanely good!

  9. 33

    says

    That pie looks so amazing Amy! I could go for a hot mug of that delicious libation as well. A truly perfect holiday treat!

  10. 34

    says

    I just found a bottle of Baileys in m cupboard, how that never got drank, I’ll never know. Thank you for the recipes, the pie looks fabulous! I’m making your Bailey’s Caramel Apple drink! Not now at 5:30 in the morning, but maybe for an afternoon delight!! That looks so good!

  11. 35

    says

    Those all sound so good, especially the apple cider. Perfect for this time of year! I love the idea of getting together with friends and family to put together thank you cookie mix jars. Oh what fun!

  12. 36

    Sara says

    Would this pie keep overnight? I want to take it to thanksgiving dinner, but don’t want to make it in the morning. Thanks!

  13. 38

    says

    Wow, it all sounds amazing. I can taste the pie already!

    But the Baileys Caramel Apple Cocktail is espically intriguing!

    Oh my……

  14. 39

    says

    I may be an “organic” girl, but I can always find a place for some Baileys! These recipes look fantastic and I had NEVER thought of putting Baileys in whipped cream. Genius!!

  15. 43

    says

    I pinned this recipe a few months ago and finally found the perfect occasion, Memorial Day, to make this incredible pie. So looking forward to dessert!

  16. 44

    Kaye says

    Is there a recipe for the pie crust or can you buy them ?
    I am trying to find Baileys Hazelnut but haven’t had any luck.
    Can you please let me know if it is still being make :)

    • 45

      says

      Key Kaye!

      As far as the pie crust, I used a chocolate graham cracker store bought crust, but I’m sure you could easily find a recipe online somewhere for one if needed. The Bailey’s site shows that the hazelnut flavor is still available.

  17. 46

    Louise Sullivan says

    Would love you to share the recipe for cookies in a jar if possible?

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