Need an impressive, make-ahead dessert for your next party? Look no further than this indulgent Irish Cream Panna Cotta recipe!

Glass ramekins of Irish Cream Panna Cotta garnished with chocolate ganache, sliced strawberries and chocolate covered wafer cookies. No gathering is complete without something sweet to end the evening, and this gorgeous Irish Cream Panna Cotta recipe ticks all the boxes for a perfect dinner party dessert: make-ahead, easy and crazy flavorful!

What is panna cotta?

Panna cotta is a traditional Italian dessert made by warming cream, sugar and gelatin and then letting it chill until it gets a smooth, custard-like consistency.

This Irish Cream Panna Cotta recipe gets a twist from the Emerald Isle with the addition of Kerrygold® Irish Cream Liqueur. Made from natural Irish cream, real chocolate and oak-aged whiskey, this premium liqueur gives this popular dessert an extra dose of decadence.

Top down shot of Irish Cream Panna Cotta in glass ramekins. Garnished with chocolate ganache, fresh strawberries and chocolate covered wafer cookies. How do you make Irish Cream Panna Cotta?

Panna cotta might be one of the easiest “fancy-looking” desserts you can make. If you can measure, pour and whisk, you’re good to go.

Start by warming cream and sugar in a saucepan. I used a whole vanilla bean to flavor the cream mixture, but if you prefer, you can just add in a tablespoon of vanilla extract after you’ve heated the cream.

Then it’s simply a matter of whisking in the gelatin, sour cream and Irish Cream Liqueur.

Tip: Don’t have sour cream on hand? You can always swap in plain whole milk Greek yogurt instead. I like the slight bit of tanginess that either option gives the decadent, velvety panna cotta.

Do you have to refrigerate this panna cotta recipe?

Yes, panna cotta contains gelatin, so it needs to hang out in the fridge in order to set up. This makes panna cotta a fantastic make-ahead dessert option for entertaining. Plan on at least 4 hours of chill time or overnight.

Glass ramekin dishes filled with Irish Cream Panna Cotta and garnished with sliced strawberries and chocolate wafer cookies.How long will this Irish Cream Panna Cotta keep in the fridge?

You can make this Irish Cream Panna Cotta recipe up to 3 days in advance. Simply keep them covered in the fridge. When you’re ready to serve them, let them sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes to take the chill off the dessert and let the flavors fully emerge.

Do you have to add a topping to the panna cotta?

Of course you don’t HAVE to add the chocolate ganache to the Irish Cream Panna Cotta, but no one in my house has ever turned it down! The ganache just adds to the indulgence of the Irish Cream Liqueur in the panna cotta recipe.

Other garnish ideas include chocolate covered biscuit cookies or even just a dollop of whipped cream or a few fresh raspberries.

End your party on a deliciously decadent note with this easy, make-ahead Irish Cream Panna Cotta recipe!

Glass ramekins filled with Irish Cream Panna Cotta. Garnished with fresh sliced strawberry halves, chocolate ganache and chocolate dipped wafer cookies. Craving more panna cotta recipes? You won’t be disappointed with any of these tempting flavors:

Classic Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta – Garnish with Lemon®

Honey Panna Cotta – TidyMom®

Lemon Panna Cotta – The View from Great Island

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kerrygold®. We only share products with you that we personally use and love. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Garnish with Lemon possible. 
Yield: Makes 6 panna cotta

Irish Cream Panna Cotta recipe

Irish Cream Panna Cotta recipe

No gathering is complete without something sweet to end the evening, and this gorgeous Irish Cream Panna Cotta recipe ticks all the boxes for a perfect dinner party dessert: make-ahead, easy and crazy flavorful!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

Panna Cotta:

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup sour cream OR plain whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur

Chocolate Ganache:

  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions

To make the Panna Cotta:

  1. Place cream and sugar in a small sauce pan. Split vanilla bean lengthwise, scrape out seeds and place both the vanilla pod and the vanilla seeds in the pan. 
  2. Bring to a simmer over medium low heat, whisking occasionally to dissolve sugar.  
  3. Once hot, remove pan from heat and remove vanilla pod from pan. Sprinkle gelatin on top of the cream mixture and whisk to completely dissolve. Whisk in sour cream or yogurt and Irish Cream Liqueur. 
  4. Evenly divide panna cotta among 6 ramekins. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.  

To make the Chocolate Ganache:

  1. Place bittersweet chocolate and cream in a microwave safe bowl. Heat at 50% power for 60 seconds. Stir and repeat in 30 second intervals until completely melted. 
  2. Divide evenly among ramekins. 

Notes

You can substitute 1 tablespoon vanilla extract for the vanilla bean in this recipe. Stir into cream and sugar mixture after it has been heated through.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 778 Total Fat: 59g Saturated Fat: 37g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 18g Cholesterol: 124mg Sodium: 45mg Carbohydrates: 40g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 30g Protein: 9g