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.

recipe cards

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.

salted caramel pie

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!

baileys cocktail

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.

baileys irish cream

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.

cookie mix in jars cookies in a jar

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?

Be sure to check out the recipe for the Bailey’s Salted Caramel Chocolate Pie.

As well as the other two recipes we enjoyed during our “Friendsgiving.”

Bailey's Caramel Apple Cocktail
A spiced up adult beverage perfect for the cold winter months.
Recipe type: beverages
Serves: 1
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • Pinch ground ginger
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 2 oz. Baileys® with a hint of Caramel
  1. In a sauce pan over medium low heat, warm apple cider and spices.
  2. Let cool or serve warm with 2 ounces of Bailey® with a hint of Caramel.
Recipe amounts shown are for a single serving.

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

Baileys Mint Chocolate Whipped Cream
A flavorful whipped cream to serve with hot chocolate or coffee.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12 servings (dollops)
  • 6 oz chocolate chips
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Baileys® with a hint of Mint Chocolate
  1. Using a mixer, whip cream and sugar, when peaks being to form, stream in Baileys® with a hint of Mint Chocolate until combined.
  2. Serve right away or refrigerate until ready to serve.
This recipe contains no more than 0.6 fl. oz. of alcohol per serving.


Sponsored by R&A Bailey & Co. and The Century Council support responsible drinking. BAILEYS Irish Cream Liqueur. © 2011 R&A Bailey & Co. Imported by Paddington, Ltd. Norwalk, CT.

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  1. 3


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

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    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!

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    Kristen says

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

  4. 13

    Wenderly says

    Wow did that look like a delightful get-together! Those recipes look so tasty. That pie has my name all over it.

  5. 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!! :)

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    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???

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    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!

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    Sandwiched says

    I definitely need to see that cookie mix recipe, too. Post soon?
    I so need to host one of these….

  9. 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.

  10. 25

    Samantha says

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

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet says

    How could a Bailey’s themed party be bad?! That pie sounds amazing.

    I like your plan for the holiday season, I really need to try to say no and slow down a bit.

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      Candy 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!

  12. 29

    Georgia Pellegrini says

    What a wonderful idea for a party! You all look like you had a blast. Great party favor idea!

  13. 30

    Marly says

    Oh, what a fun post. Love the pics, the fun, and the recipes. Can’t wait to veganize that pie!!

  14. 33

    Julie M. 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!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers 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!

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    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!

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    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!

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    SMITH BITES says

    i’ll have a piece of that pie please and thank you; looks like a fun party!

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

    But the Baileys Caramel Apple Cocktail is espically intriguing!

    Oh my……

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    Deliciously Organic 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!!

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    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!

  22. 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


      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.

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    Nick Peter says

    I loved it. Awesome recipes ideas for Christmas and for my Family. Thanks a lot.

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