Slow Cooker Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate


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This Slow Cooker Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate is creamy and has just the right amount of Irish cream, great for parties.

Do you have a party you need to make hot chocolate for? This spiked recipe is wonderful for an adult party. If you need a regular hot chocolate recipe try my pumpkin spice or mint hot chocolate recipe.

2 mugs of hot chocolate in front of slow cooker

How to make Baileys Hot Chocolate in the crockpot:

  • Milk – I use whole milk
  • Heavy cream –
  • Baileys – Original Irish Cream (found at the liquor store)
  • Ghiradelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bars – This chocolate has great flavor and melts better than chocolate chips.
  • Cocoa Powder – find this in the baking section of your store, this is UNSWEETENED.
  • Sugar – A half-cup is the perfect amount.
  • Vanilla Extract – Adds flavor to the cocoa.
slow cooker with baileys bottle, bakers chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla and sugar.

What kind of Baileys can I use to make hot chocolate?

Depending on what your store carries you can choose from any of these choices:

  • Baileys Red Velvet
  • Baileys Strawberries and Cream
  • Baileys Pumpkin Spice
  • Baileys Salted Caramel
  • Baileys Espresso Creme
bakers chocolate, cocoa powder, sugar, milk, vanilla, cream, and baileys irish cream.

How long does this take to cook?

  • Place the lid on the slow cooker.
  • Cook on HIGH for 1.5 hours. Stir every 30 minutes to prevent the chocolate from burning to the bottom.

How long can I keep this warm at a party?

  • This can be kept on the warm setting for around 3 hours. Stir often.
ingredients in slow cooker for hot chocolate with baileys Irish cream

Can I serve the Baileys on the side instead of in the hot chocolate?

If you have kids at your party or have adults who don’t drink it may be wise to serve the baileys on the side as an option to add. You can even serve Kahlua on the side as an option.

Have extra Baileys? Try one of these other great recipes:

baileys hot chocolate in clear mugs with marshmallows on top.

More hot beverages you can make in the crockpot:

First Published: 12/03/2016

Updated: 02/16/2020

2 cups of baileys hot chocolate with bottle of baileys behind it.

Slow Cooker Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate

5 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Creamy hot chocolate spiked with Bailey's Irish Cream.


  • 8 oz. Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate baking squares
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup Baileys® Irish Cream

For Serving:

  • marshmallows or whipped cream


  • Break up the chocolate squares and add the slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients (except the Baileys).
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 1.5 hours stirring every 30 minutes.
  • After the cocoa is hot, stir in the Baileys Irish Cream.
  • Place mugs, whipped cream and a bowl of marshmallows on the side of the slow cooker for everyone to serve themselves.
  • Set the slow cooker to warm for your party. This can keep warm for up to 3 hours without issues. Be sure to stir often though.

How to Video

Sarah’s Notes

Can I serve the Baileys on the side?
The Baileys Irish Cream can be left out and set on the side if you have kids or others at the party that will have hot chocolate without.
Can I use a flavored Baileys Irish Cream?
Yes! Use one of these choices if your store carries them.
  • Baileys Red Velvet
  • Baileys Strawberries and Cream
  • Baileys Pumpkin Spice
  • Baileys Salted Caramel
  • Baileys Espresso Creme


Calories: 541kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 94mg | Potassium: 507mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 748IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 251mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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  1. Joseph says:

    5 stars
    Update: it’s finished and creme de menthe is excellent in this recipe if you don’t have enough Irish cream 🙂

  2. Joseph says:

    5 stars
    I got it in the slow-cooker right now but only had 1/4 cup of Ashlings White Chocolate Irish Cream on hand so I made up the difference with some Creme de Menthe which I have plenty of on hand so hopefully that will work and also give it a nice chocolate mint sort of flavor. Couldn’t figure out why I was getting ID’ed a tthe store but then on the way out remembered that they’re ID-ing for Redi-Whip now since apparently huffing the propellant in Redi-Whip canisters is a thing now….*rolls eyes*

  3. Terri K says:

    Could this be cooked & served from an airpot?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Hi Terri. I don’t have any expertise on airpots, but it sounds like a great idea!

  4. Debi says:

    Can this be stored in a mason jar and be given as a present?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I think so, I’d use vanilla powder or leave out the vanilla. Give baileys on the side, and have them add their milk and cream.

  5. Tammy says:

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! So easy and so yummy! Absolutely awesome with the Salted Caramel flavoured Bailey’s as well

    1. Joseph says:

      5 stars
      Yes it’s very customizable. You could use white chocolate chips and leave out the cocoa powder and if they make pumpkin spice Bailey’s you could do a pumpkin spice white hot chocolate. Could also use other flavors of Bailey’s. If there’s a cinnamon Bailey’s that might work for the regular recipe or an apple pie Bailey’s would work for the white chocolate variant 🙂

  6. Krys says:

    5 stars
    This was a hit at my work Christmas party! I’m going to make this for my family too!

  7. Emily says:

    5 stars
    This recipe was amazing! Brought it to a party and everyone absolutely loved it. I would definitely recommend this!

  8. Jan, from down under. says:

    Sounds absolutely delicious. Will have to keep it for Winter though as our Christmas is very hot down under. Have a very Merry Christmas.

    1. Joseph says:

      5 stars
      At least on the upside you’re not freezing your butt off in Australia if you’re into going out and cutting your own fresh Christmas tree 😛

  9. Clair says:

    Thanks for the recipe

    1. Brenda says:

      Can you put left overin the fridge for next day

      1. Sarah Olson says: