Irish Coffee Creme Brulee

Cool, creamy Creme Brulee gets a boozy kick from Irish Whiskey, and rich flavor from toasty Coffee. It's your favorite St. Patrick's Day drink, in Dessert form! Make this Easy Recipe for St. Patrick's Day, or any day!

Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 40 minutes Total Time 55 minutes
Serves 2-4     adjust servings


  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • a pinch of kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup brewed espresso, cooled
  • 2 tablespoons Irish whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (extract may be substituted), or the seeds scraped from one vanilla bean
  • Additionally: 2-4 tablespoons granulated sugar, for bruleeing


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F and line a baking dish with a clean kitchen towel.  Set ramekins on top.
  2. Place the yolks in a mixing bowl, along with the sugar and salt.  Whisk together until combined.
  3. Heat the cream in a small pot until simmering.  
  4. Slowly add the hot cream to the egg yolk mixture, while whisking.  
  5. Stir in the coffee, whiskey, and vanilla.
  6. Transfer the mixture to the ramekins and carefully fill the larger baking dish with very hot water, about 1 inch up the sides of the ramekins.  
  7. Bake for 40 minutes, or until just barely set in the middle.
  8. Cool completely, then top each ramekin with 1 tablespoon of sugar and brulee with a torch or under the broiler.  
  9. Serve immediately.


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