Irish Cream Whoopie Pies

The past few nights have been absolutely terrible in my house! My Little Sweet Pea has been sleeping at least 8 hours straight ever since he was 6 weeks old, but for some reason he has decided he wants to be a little terror lately! Waking up almost every hour and screaming bloody murder the second his back touches the crib mattress! One night I tried five separate times to lay him down and every time I did he went crazy! Five times! That added up to four straight hours of holding and rocking him to sleep! I’m over it! Over. It!

little sweet pea

I know that around the 15 week mark is a “wonder week” where they are learning all types of new skills that can disrupt their sleep and turn them into a big ole fuss bag. It seems like everyday he is learning something new. He found his feet one day and yesterday he rolled belly to back for the first time! But even with all of his fussiness it’s so hard to stay mad at a face like this…

little sweet pea

especially when he is imitating my voice and I swear it sounds like he is saying “love you”. Ugh! He has us wrapped around his finger and knows it! 😉

Irish Cream Whoopie Pies {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day coming up this Sunday, these Irish Cream Whoopie Pies were a no brainer. There really is nothing better than a hot cup of Irish Coffee. Well unless you’re enjoying an Irish Cream Whoopie Pie with it, then seriously there’s nothing better! 😉

Irish Cream Whoopie Pies {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

Two chocolatey Irish Cream spiked cake cookies with a luscious Irish Cream filling layered in between. The chocolate and Baileys Irish Cream combination is killer! They’re portable and easy to grab while you’re enjoying your green beer! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Irish Cream Whoopie Pies {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

Irish Cream Whoopie Pies

Yield: 20 whoopie pies


For the Whoopie Pies:
1 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour
⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup Baileys Irish Cream

For the Filling:
12 tbsp (1 and 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream


Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter, shortening and brown sugar on low speed until just combined. Increase the speed to medium and beat until fluffy and smooth, about 3 minutes.
Add the egg and vanilla and beat for another 2 minutes.
Add half of the flour mixture and half of the Baileys Irish Cream to the batter and beat on low until incorporated. Add the remaining flour mixture and Baileys Irish Cream and beat until combined.
Drop by tablespoons of batter onto the prepared baking sheets at least 2 inches apart.
Bake one sheet at a time for about 10 minutes each, or until the rounds spring back when pressed gently. Remove from the oven and let the cakes cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.
To make the filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add Baileys and beat until combined.
Using a knife or spoon, spread the filling onto the flat side of a cooled cake. Top with another cake, flat side down. Repeat with the remaining cakes and serve.

Source: adapted from Burn Me Not

Irish Cream Whoopie Pies {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

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20 Responses to “Irish Cream Whoopie Pies”

  1. #
    Denise Carrera — March 15, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

    Ok, forget the awesome recipe…this is the cutest little guy ever! I love that face! <3

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    Melissa B — March 15, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

    Such sweet photos! He is getting so big!
    The Whoopie Pies sound awesome!

    Have a wonderful St. Patricks Day!

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    Marcia Snapp — March 15, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

    Oh what a very adorable face! That is not a face a Mom could stay mad at! I remember with my first born, he had colic around 12 weeks. This went on for awhile, and we were exausted. He would wake up as soon as I put him in his crib too. One of the things that helped was to put a heating pad, or hot water bottle on his mattress to warm it up, then remove it and lay him where the mattress is nice and warm. (not hot). The warmth would help him relax and sleep. I hope you find what works for you too, and good luck! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Seasweetie — March 15, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

    What a little grumble bunny in that hat! He’s adorable. I remember around that age when I woke up one night to my daughter in her crib just happily babbling. It was aroudn three a.m. and she wasn’t hungry, she was just “talking”. It was like she had suddenly “groked” all the things that had been going on around her and found her beautiful voice. But it was weird! Looking forward to trying the Whoppie Pies!

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    Sandra - The Foodie Affair — March 15, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    He is adorable! Just wait until he is big enough to climb in bed with you; nothing beats waking up to elbows and legs in your face :)

    Yummy, Irish cream, and generous amounts in your whoopie pies. Can’t wait to try these!

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    Misha — March 15, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

    Oh my gosh, what a cutie! Thanks for sharing pictures of him. Always enjoy baby pictures since my “little one” will be 18 this year. It goes by so quick. The Irsh Cream Whoopie Pies look and sound delish!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats — March 15, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    Oh my gosh, that pouty face is so cute! I don’t know how you could stay made at such a cutie either! hehe.

    These look super yummy, as all your desserts do. I think I’ve never really made sandwich cookies, if you can believe it!

  8. #
    helen — March 15, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

    awww what a cute little guy bless his heart thanks forsharing your pics i love them and of course the recipes THANKS

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    Meg @ Sweet Twist — March 15, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

    What a cutie.

    We still haven’t gotten a full night sleep, but we aren’t up every hour. 😛 I am sure he will break out of it soon. Hang in there.

    Those pies look so delicious!

  10. #
    Jenn — March 15, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

    Oh my gosh – he is the cutest little thing ever!

  11. #
    Katrina — March 15, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

    I bet you could put green food coloring in the filling and make it even more Patty Day friendly!! :)

  12. #
    Anita at Hungry Couple — March 16, 2013 @ 8:59 am

    Love! I love whoopie pies anyway but, with this cream? Oh, yeah… :)

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    Mariein Va — March 16, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    What a cutie! How can you resist that face? I sooo remember those days :) All I can say is hang in there, this too shall pass and you’ll actually look back on this time and smile. (really) My baby is 17 and graduating from high school this year and time has just flown by!
    Your whoopie pies look amazing!

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    Sharon McDougall — March 16, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

    That little pouty lip would get me every time, but be careful once the little ones like to be rocked and held it is hard to break the habit. He is so cute, as a grandma I love holding my grand daughters. They fill my heart with such a feeling it is hard to describe.

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    Stephanie Ulrich — March 16, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

    What a cute little guy. With both my kids around 3 months this dreaded night wakening started. Turned out they had begun teething! It can be a slow and painful process for some! Maybe try some tylenol before bedtime, or my personal favorite, hyland’s teething tablets. Good luck. Can’t wait to try the cup cakes!

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    Laura Dembowski — March 16, 2013 @ 7:15 pm

    I’m sorry to hear you had a rough week. I’m sure there will be many ups and downs but hopefully he will be sleeping well again soon. And if not at least these whoopie pies can make you feel better!

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    ChgoJohn — March 17, 2013 @ 1:56 am

    How could such an angel be such a fuss-budget, too? I think you must be mistaking him for some other baby. :)
    These whoopie pies are the best yet and a great way to celebrate St Pat’s Day,

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    Andrea — March 18, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    I have a 5 month old and he did the exact same thing around this age. I gave up the fight and just had him sleep in his swing for the next few weeks. Good Luck….he’s adorable

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    Liz — March 20, 2013 @ 6:53 pm

    Oh, man, do these sound incredible! Time to pick up some Bailey’s!

    Your little man is just adorable. Who could ever be upset with that sweet face. My baby is a freshman in college….how time flies. But I remember those sleepless nights and the exhaustion…fingers crossed for a good night’s sleep for you both!

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