Irish Cream and Pistachio Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies


These Irish Cream and Pistachio Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies may be for adults only, but once you taste the Irish cream ganache filling, being an adult isn’t so bad after all.

Irish Cream and Pistachio Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Can you believe it’s almost the end of the first week in March? I swear just yesterday I was tackling the start of a new year and figuring out where I’m heading in 2014. Now I’m making recipes for St. Patrick’s Day while reminiscing about my time spent in Ireland. Surprisingly I didn’t drink a whole lot of Irish cream while I was over there (you’d think given the name I would have). Regardless, it’s probably one of my favorite liqueurs to enjoy, and although I consume it all year round, there’s something about pairing up March and Irish cream. That’s why I made these Irish Cream and Pistachio Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies. Little bites that are for adults only.

Irish Cream and Pistachio Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

I had just enough pistachios leftover from my goat cheese truffles and pistachio pudding to make one more recipe of something, so I brainstormed ideas. Not entirely sure how that process led to pairing pistachios and Irish cream, but soon I scribbled down the idea for these chocolate thumbprint cookies. Sometimes brainstorming doesn’t have a logical path.

Irish Cream and Pistachio Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

If you’re unfamiliar with Irish cream liqueur, it’s pretty much Irish whiskey mixed with cream. I’m sure there’s more to it than that, but that’s the basis. The brand I used is Bailey’s (bonus points for selling little bottles of it). However, feel free to use your favorite Irish cream brand.

Irish Cream and Pistachio Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Yields 2

Irish Cream and Pistachio Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

The dough takes 2 hours to chill, so plan ahead accordingly.

Save Recipe


1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 egg (separated into 1 egg white and 1 egg yolk)
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup ground pistachios
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons Irish cream


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
  2. In another large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in the egg yolk, milk, and vanilla. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Gather up the dough and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for at least 2 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line three cookie sheets* with parchment paper or lightly grease.
  4. In one small bowl, add the egg white. In another bowl, add the ground pistachios.
  5. Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, scoop the dough into balls. Roll each ball into the egg white then into the pistachios. Using your thumb, make an indent into the center of each cookie (don't flatten too much). Place cookies about 1 inch apart.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges are firm. If necessary, use the back of a teaspoon to re-indent the cookies. Cool on the tray for 3 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
  7. Once the cookies are completely cooled, make the Irish cream ganache: In a heatproof bowl, add the chopped chocolate. Set aside.
  8. In a saucepan, heat the heavy cream and Irish cream until steaming hot (do not boil). Remove from the heat and pour over the chocolate. Wait 1 minute then whisk together until everything is smooth. If the cream mixture wasn't hot enough, gently reheat in the microwave or back in the saucepan.
  9. Spoon some of the ganache into the center of each thumbprint**. Let the chocolate harden before serving.


If you don't have enough cookie sheets, just reuse your sheet after each batch. Make sure you cool your sheet completely between each use. I use the refrigerator to cool down quickly.

*Ganache is designed to harden as it cools. If you make it ahead of time or if you get distracted and it thickens too much, reheat until smooth and spreadable again.

Source: Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens
If you enjoyed these Irish Cream and Pistachio Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies, you may also like these recipes:

From me:

From other bloggers:

Love what you read? Receive new posts in your inbox!

Did you make my recipe?

That makes my heart happy! Please let me know by sharing a photo on my Facebook page or uploading and tagging me on Twitter or Instagram using #chocolatemoosey (Note: If your Instagram account is private, you'll need to @chocolatemoosey as the hashtag won't make your photos public)

Comment Policy

Thank you for your comments! I read every single one and respond when possible. Your comment will show up once approved. I have the right the remove any that are spam or are downright spiteful.


  1. ooooh Michael loves Bailey’s–he’d adore this cookies!!!! (I’d prob like ’em quite a bit too, although my alcohol tolerance is like none so I have a sinking suspicion that I’d get drunk off these cookies lol!)

  2. Those look so good! St. Patrick’s day or not I would eat these year round.

  3. Oh my gosh! These look divine! I love adding booze into baked goods! So jealous of your time in Ireland!

  4. Carla, these look so good. That chocolate center is calling my name. Yum!

  5. Sometimes it’s nice to have cookies I don’t have to share with kids :) Love these!

  6. These cookies sound and look amazing, Carla!

  7. Very creative, Carla, and perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day party!

  8. As I saw the brown cream and the pistachio, I stopped here. I’ll try them soon, thanks Carla

  9. Girl, I love the way your mind works. I don’t think I would’ve never paired pistachios with irish cream but as I’m reading through this post, I’m totally craving the combination! Your photos are fantastic and these cookies are perfect. I can imagine myself using the cookies and just scooping that luscious ganache into my face!

Speak Your Mind