Irish Coffee Pudding

Here's a little something for St. Patrick's Day that takes very little effort to put together. It's inspired by Irish Coffee, a drink that consists of brown sugar, cream, Irish whiskey and strongly brewed coffee. It seemed like the perfect kind of thing to turn into my favorite comfort food - pudding.

The whipped-cream-to-pudding ratio is about 50/50 here. The pudding is filled with potent coffee flavor, and the whiskey imparts barley and oak flavors. It's not overly sweet, so the sweetened whipped cream gives the entire dessert a nice balance.

I found some chocolate coins at the grocery store and decided they'd make cute St. Paddy's embellishments. A few coins were made into picks using bamboo skewers.  It's easy to do, and there's an instructional picture below the recipe if you'd like to try it for yourself.

I think they're pretty cute, and hellooo - chocolate!

This dessert was so well loved, it was gone in a snap! And since it's so easy to whip up, I'll be making a second batch for our St. Paddy's Day dessert this Sunday.  Hope you enjoy it too!

Irish Coffee Pudding
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Source: SprinkleBakes original recipe
Prep: 15 minutes plus 2 hours chilling time
Yield: 4 servings

This is an easy recipe, but if you want to shortcut it further, use prepared whipped topping from the grocery store. I use heavy cream in the pudding recipe, but whole milk can be substituted. If you want to make this dessert non-alcoholic, omit the whiskey and add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
Pinch of salt
2 cups heavy cream 
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder or 1 1/2 tablespoons instant coffee
3 tablespoons Irish whiskey

Whipped topping
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar

Pudding directions
  1. Whisk the cornstarch, sugar and salt together in a medium saucepan.  Stir in the heavy cream. Bring the mixture to a bubble over medium-high heat whisking constantly until thickened and smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in espresso powder and whiskey. 
  2. Divide the pudding evenly between four 6 oz. dessert glasses. Chill for 2 hours.
Whipped cream directions
  1. In a medium bowl, whip heavy cream on medium high speed with an electric mixer.  Gradually pour in extra fine sugar, 1 tbsp at a time.  Increase speed to high and whip until thick and fluffy.  Dollop or pipe whipped cream on top of puddings. 
  2. Sprinkle a pinch of instant espresso powder over the whipped cream if desired. Embellish with chocolate gold coins if desired. Refrigerate leftovers.
To make the picks: gently skewer coin at an angle. Do not press skewer point all the way through the coin. Stand skewered coin upright and shake slightly to make sure it's secure.  Place skewer upright into puddings.

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  1. Love all your recipes!
    Where did you get those fabulous glittery spoons?

  2. What a delightfully boozy pudding! Wonderful.



  3. I've never been a big fan of mixing alcohol with cream but oooo this sounds deliciously perfect!!! I love the stirrers!!


  4. What a fun adult dessert for St. Party's. thanks for another great recipe! -Jen

  5. Hi Heather,

    mmh that looks delicious, especially with St. Patricks Day on the doorstep... I really admire your skills!

    I featured you toady on my post: 8 blogs that rock my Kingdom, and thought I cant write about you without letting you know. Your blog is a real treat!


  6. Frist off, wow those are so pretty! I love you food styling! Second, man do sound so good! And all the cream on top, yum!

  7. Haven't had pudding in ages! Your yum-sounding recipe just reminded me I should make some soon! (Ingenious coin skewers, too.)

  8. Genius! And beautiful, beautiful photos the gold touches are great. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  9. Hooooow do you make everything SO cute??

    I think you're secretly magic.

  10. LOVE how much whipped cream you added. That's my kind of dessert ;) And those spoons are so darn cute.

  11. I really had no clue pudding could be so simple. I can already think of a million adaptations to this recipe. Yum yum!!

  12. Pudding + Booze - it's a good thing.

  13. Where did you get those spoons?!?!? I'll give you all my money for them.

  14. Hey friends and spoon lovers - I found them at LEIF - here's the address.


    I also picked up a couple of tart servers. I want one of each color. Gimme!

  15. This sounds soo good and I love that their is a ton of whipped cream. And those spoons!!!!!

  16. Sounds like the most perfectly comforting treat! Love all the toasty colors in the pics... & to echo all the other comments: those spoons!

  17. Ooohhh that is a very tasty recipe! Love it xxx

  18. oh heaven.. this looks really good.. am making it for dinner tonight!!

  19. Homemade pudding is heavenly, I can't wait to give this a try!

  20. LOVE Irish Coffee! This dessert is beautiful and will be a must to try. Your presentation is just perfection!

    I'm a new follower and look forward to reading through your blog. I'll prolly gain 20 lbs ~ :)


  21. I love the glittery golden spoons in the picture. And despite the fact I'm under 21, I really want to try this pudding. It looks delicious! :)

  22. I love the chocolate on the skewers!

  23. The only thing my husband likes more then Irish beer is Irish whiskey. This is so delicious and so easy to make! Can't wait to have it for desert tonight <3

  24. Mmmm yum, your pudding sounds blissfully good!

  25. Do you have to use heavy cream for the pudding or will it still set with 2% milk?

  26. You should be fine using 2%. It will still set.


  27. It has taken some time but this is the first pudding recipe in months that has the"Must, must Try" mark.

    Mrs T has promised this over Easter, I have volunteered to measure out the whiskey!!!

    Thanks so much

  28. This looks delicious! Can't wait to make it!

  29. Uhm.. I love irish coffee and I love pudding - I'm all in!


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