Here’s How to Make Irish Cinnamon Rolls with Guinness, Baileys & Jameson

St. Patrick’s Day is the best! It’s the one day a year that I feel justified proving to everyone that I am, in fact, wearing green underwear. (Totally kidding, Mom, totally kidding.) And now I have one more reason to absolutely LOVE St. Paddy’s: Chocolate Guinness Cinnamon Rolls with Baileys and Jameson Cream Cheese Frosting.

Beer and booze for breakfast? Yes, please! It’s everything great about the Guinness, Baileys, Jameson combo that is so popular this time of year in one gooey and awesome morning (or anytime) treat.

irish car bomb cinnamon roll

 Chocolate Guinness Cinnamon Rolls 
with Baileys and Jameson Cream Cheese Frosting


 Chocolate Guinness Dough

  • 1 (16 oz.) pkg Pillsbury® Hot Roll Mix
  • 3 T sugar
  • 1/3c cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1c hot Guinness, 120° to 130°F (I heated mine on the stove.)
  • 2T butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • Extra flour for kneading

 Jameson and Cinnamon Sugar Filling

  • 1/4c butter, softened
  • 2t Jameson
  • 1/4c brown sugar
  • 1/2c sugar
  • 1 1/2T cinnamon

Baileys Cream Cheese Frosting (adapted from Angie’s Pantry)

  • 4T butter, softened
  • 4oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3c powdered sugar
  • 1-2T heavy cream (milk will do in a pinch)
  • 1T Baileys
  • 1t vanilla
  • 1t Jameson



 Cinnamon Rolls

  1. Grease 9×13 pan and heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine flour and yeast packets from hot roll mix with sugar and cocoa powder in large bowl.
  3. Stir in hot Guinness, softened butter and egg until dough pulls away from sides of bowl. Knead dough on lightly floured surface 5 minutes or until smooth, using additional flour as needed.
  4. Cover with large bowl; let rest 5 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl stir together whiskey and butter.
  6. In another bowl, combine both the sugars and the cinnamon.
  7. Roll dough to 15 x 10-inch rectangle on lightly floured surface.
  8. Spread whiskey butter over dough, and pour cinnamon sugar mixture on top.
  9. Starting with 10-inch side, roll dough up tightly, pressing edges to seal.
  10. Cut  dough into 12 slices. (I use thread!) Place cut side down in prepared pan. Cover with a towel, and let rise in warm place (80° to 90°F) for 30 to 45 minutes or until doubled in size. (I usually just stick it on top of the preheating stove).
  11. Uncover dough and bake 18 to 20 minutes or until done in the rolled up bits.

 Baileys Cream Cheese Frosting

  1.  Using an electric mixer, cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  2. Sift in powder sugar and beat until combined.
  3. Add in vanilla, Jameson, and Baileys 1-2T cream (as needed) and beat on medium-high until fluffy. (You can adjust the ratio of the Baileys and cream to the powder sugar for a stiffer or runnier frosting).
  4. Spread over warm cinnamon rolls.

 Optional step: Unhinge jaw, shove frosting covered cinnamon roll in face, and repeat.

Lots of ingredients and steps to get there, but lots of reward at the end. Irish I was eating one right now.

By Becky McKay

Becky McKay is known around the Internet blogosphere as "The Cereal Baker," most often responsible for not following any rules in the kitchen. She is currently on a mission to cover every food in the world with some level of chocolate.

19 replies on “Here’s How to Make Irish Cinnamon Rolls with Guinness, Baileys & Jameson”

How offensive can you actually be with that name? The countless numbers of innocent people killed by car bombs in Ireland and you come up with this?

What kind of ill educated moron are you?

They didn’t make up the name, it’s a name of a an extremely popular drink (combine baileys and jameson in a shot glass, pour a glass of guinness, drop shot glass into beer, chug quickly before it tastes bad) that has been around for ages. You can argue that there should be a new name for the drink, but the name of the cinnamon roll is just referencing the drink.

Like I said… I’m not endorsing the name… just defending the person who wrote up this recipe as not TRYING to offend, just to use a title that is connected to the drink. We could talk all day about offending intentionally vs unintentionally, but I do think there is a tiny iota of not-as-bad when it’s unintentional. It’s possible to let them know gently that what they said was wrong.

HOWEVER, I am done defending this person because lower in the thread I learned that they were ALREADY notified that it’s offensive and upsetting and hasn’t addressed it at all.

Also, from now on, I dub this drink The Irish Awesomesauce.

This is a sick name for a bun that mocks and glorifies the Troubles in Ireland. Would you think it ia appropriate to call a cake ‘ the ground zero smashing cake ‘? Same thing…both are the result of terrorism. Sick.

Over here in Ireland, we have a delicious recipe called 9/11 Victims Cake. Do you care to publish that one next week, Becky?

Nobody upon nobody in Ireland uses the phrase “Irish car bomb” to describe Baileys/Guinness mixed together. It was a phrase invented by ignorant Americans with no understanding of history.

Shame on you for using the phrase.

By the way, I came to this site via the Daily Mail, which has syndicated the content. It’s already kicking up quite a lot of disquiet on this side of the Atlantic, so I would expect this to have some repercussions.

Hey will you guys show my how to make 9/11 World Trade Center Flapjacks?

Or Tiananmen Square Dim Sum?

How about Oklahoma City Federal Building 7-Layer Dip?

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