Tuesday, March 11, 2008


"May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks, may your heart be as light as a song, may each day bring you bright, happy hours that stay with you all the year long."

~ Irish Blessing

~ Shamrock

( Oxalis regnellii)



~ Favorite St. Patrick's Day treat adapted from tattered Bon Appetit (1989)



2 cups crushed

Oreo cookies

1/4 cup sugar

6 Tbsp. melted unsalted butter


2 1/4 lbs. room temperature cream cheese

1 2/3 cup sugar

5 room temperature organic eggs

1 cup Baileys Original Irish Cream

1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Coffee Cream:

1 cup chilled whipping cream

2 Tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. instant coffee powder

Chocolate curls

  • For crust: Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Coat 9-inch springform pan with nonstick spray. Combine crumbs and sugar. Stir in melted butter. Press mixture into bottom and 1-inch up sides of pan. Bake until light brown, about 7 minutes.
  • For filling: Beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually mix in sugar. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Blend in Baileys and vanilla. Sprinkle half of chocolate chips over crust. Spoon in filling. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips. Bake cheesecake until puffed, springy in center and golden brown, about 1 hour 20 minutes. Cool cake completely.
  • For cream: Beat cream, sugar and coffee powder until still peaks form. Spread mixture over cooled cake.
  • Garnish cheesecake with chocolate curls. Cut into thin slices to serve. (8 servings)


Karin i Villa GrĂ¥ said...

The cheesecake sounds so delicious! Too bad that I have no idea what Oreo cookies are. Are they somewhat like Digestive?

Bailey´s is like drinking candy, so I just have to try this cheesecake!

Take care!

Karin, in Sweden

joey said...

Welcome Karin ... Now you have me curious since I don't have a clue about Digestive but Oreo cookies are 2 chocolate wafers with creme filling. You can substitute regular chocolate wafers, graham crackers or vanilla wafers ... all would be good. Enjoy (don't count the calories) ;0)

Sweet Home and Garden Carolina said...

Now you've done it! Guess I'll just have to make that scrumptious cheesecake this St. Patty's day for my SIL from County Cork . Of course I may taste a wee bit of it myself.

Did anyone ever tell you that your blog is tasty? All the time, right?

Catherine said...

Another wonderful post 'bloggin sis'! :) A nice Irish blessing, beautiful shamrock flowers & photo's! And a mouth~watering cheesecake recipe! YUM!
Hope you had a restful weekend at the lake house! ~Hope you kept warm too! :)

Carol Soules said...

Oh my....this sound ssooooo decadent. Mmm Mmmm Mmmmm.....
Carol :-)

Katarina said...

Beautiful pictures and I'll bring that verse with me today...so sweet!
/Katarina at Roses and stuff

Ki said...

Lovely double exposed or superimposed? photo of the shamrock. I notice they sell a lot of pots of common clover in stores during St. Patties day. It's sort of weird and scandalous since they just grow wild here, mostly in lawns where you don't want them. The cheese cake sounds too decadent, uuum, uuum.

joey said...

Go for it, Carolyn, it's easy and perfect for St. Patty's Day (though I love my 'whisky cake' too). I think of you scanning my favorite bourbon recipes (many posted here);)

You are a dear Cat, thanks for asking. Indeed, we did (only too short, always sigh leaving).

Indulge, Carol ... even a small piece is satisfying (though a big one is even better) ;)

Thank you Katarina ... for the kind words and your help (see I did it! I'm such a wimp regarding computer skills)

Thanks Ki ... that shamrock is as old as the hills. I have 2 red ones even older, both vaction outside in summer and inside in winter. (I don't want to discuss the clover running rampant in my garden);)