Irish cream white chocolate chip cookies ~ Savory Simple ~ #recipeIrish Cream White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tell me your life story in 15 songs...  That’s not how this started. I was trying to come up with a list of my top 5 favorite songs of all time. A daunting task for sure but a girl needs something to keep her mind occupied while cleaning the kitchen. What defines a favorite song? To me it’s something I can listen to over and over again for years and never grow tired of it. It didn’t take long for 5 songs to turn into 10. And then I forgot an important song which caused my top 10 list to turn into 11 and it was unthinkable to remove a single one. As I looked over these 11 songs, I noticed something. These weren’t simply my favorite songs. Each song represented a time in my life. These were the songs that saw me through the good times as well as the bad. From there I began to fill in the gaps and here we are. My life in 15 songs. I’m breaking it up over a few posts to make it easier for me to share and perhaps easier for you to read. And here’s a disclaimer: it gets personal. I won’t be offended if you skip to the recipes. I promise.

There are obvious gaps. Trust me, there is not one single piece of music I was enjoying at the age of 11 that I want to share or you want to hear. Some audio moments in my life are best left on mute.

I’ll bring all your dreams alive

Yes, I’m starting the story of my life with Xanadu and this won’t come as a surprise to anyone who knows me. Since I basically wrote a whole tribute to the movie last week I’ll keep this short. This is a beautiful song. When I hear Magic I think of innocence, the house where I grew up, and the world looking like this big, magical, confusing place. All the adults were really tall. The runner up for this song was the opening theme to Neverending Story which I still really like despite its cheesiness and background waves. I love that movie and Atreyu was my first crush.

Help me get away from myself

I like to think I’m the only person to ever transition from Xanadu to Nine Inch Nails. If for some reason you’ve never heard this song I should probably mention that the lyrics are a bit… NSFW. I fell in love with Closer the moment I heard it and am equally enamored with it almost 20 years later. I was in high school when this song came out. Grunge was fading into the ubiquitous and bland “alternative”. Kurt Cobain was dead. But Trent Reznor was filled with a genuine angst that any teenager could embrace and I most certainly knew angst and depression. There’s no point in sugar coating things. My teenage years were a mess and I was the definition of a juvenile delinquent. What got me through these years was my parents unwillingness to give up on me and, quite frankly, a whole lot of luck. There are many things I wish I could say to my teenage self. I wish I could give that me a big hug.

Yesterday I woke up sucking a lemon

Everyone hits rock bottom at some point, right? Maybe? Well I did in 2001. This was the year after I graduated from college and realized I had a completely useless degree and absolutely no idea what to do next. This was the year my friend Todd suddenly died only hours after we said goodbye to one another. And then 9/11 happened. For awhile I turned into something of a hermit, withering away in my home and not seeing a soul. By the end of the year I realized I was drowning and needed to pull myself together. I packed up my belongings, ditched the suburbs and moved to the city.

She says it gets much worse
Before it gets any better

I still remember the first time I heard Rilo Kiley and the haunting vocals of Jenny Lewis. This song was playing on a record player at the house of a new friend. The soft melodies and soothing pace calmed me and created feelings of warmth and hope. There was still a sadness behind my smile and a bewilderment I couldn’t pinpoint. But I knew everything would be ok and this was a new beginning. Anything was possible. For the majority of my 10 years in Baltimore I lived in a beautiful neighborhood with historic buildings and cobblestone streets. It was the location where Homicide, The Wire and America’s Most Wanted were filmed and for good reason. Fells Point has an incredibly unique look. Frederick Douglass, Ella Fitzgerald and Edgar Allen Poe all lived there various times. Living in this neighborhood brought a new sense of freedom. I still had no idea who I was or what I was doing. But really, what 23 year old has it all figured out? Maybe I wanted to be Jenny Lewis. She was my new Olivia Newton John.

I have never seen two eyes so shiny

This song amazes me every time I hear it. Colin Meloy is an absolute poet and I love how he manipulates words. This song evokes those first years in the city. Optimism, uncertainty, and loneliness all prevailed in their own ways. I was an extreme introvert who struggled with social anxieties and awkwardness. Friendship and dating did not come easily for me. I felt like there was something wrong with me and I was a bit helpless about how to fix it. But life in the city was a vast improvement and never boring. In 2003 Fells Point was featured prominently on national news when we took a direct hit from Hurricane Isabel. I lived on the waterfront and 4 feet of the harbor covered our neighborhood and totaled my car.

If I’m to run the future
You’ve got to let the old world go, oh oh

I must have seen 3 episodes of Portlandia before I realized that Carrie Brownstein was Carrie Brownstein from Sleater-Kinney. Mind blown. Seriously. I love blasting this band when I want to really feel alive. It works to this very day. This album helped me get through more than one bad breakup and I was so disappointed when the band called it quits. At least I managed to see them live once. They were just as powerful if not more so in person. This song still gives me chills. I only wish that everyone watching Carrie on TV knew how badass she really is!

Irish cream white chocolate chip cookies ~ Savory Simple ~ #recipe

That’s a good place to stop. 6 songs down, 9 to go.  Thank you for indulging me. Let’s move on to these Irish cream white chocolate chip cookies. They’re easy to make and just amazing straight out of the oven. Soft, delicate, and sweet. I didn’t skimp on the booze. If you’re as much of a lightweight as I am you might even get a buzz after munching on a few of them.


Irish Cream White Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Serves: 30-50 cookies, depending on the size of the scoop
  • 1⅓ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 ounces (1 scant cup) granulated sugar
  • 6 ounces (approximately 1 cup packed) light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup Irish cream liquor, such as Baileys
  • 16 ounces (approximately 3¼ cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces white chocolate chips
  1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together.
  3. In a mixing bowl with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars on high speed. Add the eggs on low speed, followed by the Irish cream. Then slowly add the flour mixture. Add the white chocolate chips.
  4. Use a small scoop to portion out the cookies. Chill for 15 minutes, then bake for 13-15 minutes.


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  • Gerry @ foodness gracious

    Love baileys! I was just thinking today about trying to make an Irish cream recipe….

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks

    I love the sounds of this bread! I love Baileys and I love white chocolate. Many recipes that call for booze in baking add like 1 or 2 tbsp to the ENTIRE batch…which isn’t really going to be that noticeable. I love that you went with 1/2 c and I bet they’re to die for good!

    • Jennifer Farley

      You can definitely taste the Irish cream! Thanks, Averie :)

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Posting these on a Saturday night is absolute cruelty. ;) These cookies look like heaven, Baileys is my fave!

  • Roger Stowell

    Very luscious recipe. My wife adores Baileys, so this could be a good one for our household.

  • Grubarazzi

    I’m loving the songs so far, and I’m with you on those teenage years. Closer is one of the best songs ever recorded. Period. End of story. There was certainly a shift in 2001 that should not be ignored. It’s one of those years that is the “worst” for many people. I too will never forget 9/11 and also lost a best friend. It was my worst but it also propelled me forward in to adulthood at an alarming rate. Oh, to be a kid again :-). Great boozy cookies!

  • kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts

    Excellent songs so far–it’s neat to follow along (and I was really starting to wonder after Neverending Story–I first watched that a few years ago and called it the Never. Ending. Movie. must be better to see it first when you’re younger?)

    The cookies–well, just might be enough of a reason to go buy Bailey’s. Thanks, Jen!

    • Jennifer Farley

      I think many kid-oriented movies need to be seen as a child to be fully appreciated :)

  • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers

    Oh my gosh the Magic video cracks me up! I used to LOVE Olivia Newton John! So much that I had my haircut like hers, which did not look good on me! And I must of seen Grease a bazillion times!! I thought she was so pretty!!

    The Nine Inch Nails song, oh my gosh! I heard it the first time on the radio a few years ago and when mentions do you like an animal, the radio station put animal sounds in, like a lamb, goat ect… Now every time I hear that song, I think of that version!

    Your cookies look amazing! What a wonderful combination of flavors!!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Her hair is amazing. I wonder if stylists would even have a clue how to accomplish that look today?

  • Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas

    You KNOW I’m all over these cookies!!! They’re going to be the next cookie I make. PS cool to hear more of the personal side of you!

  • Susan

    Oh, so you have a useless degree too? Mine’s in music, it might be a reason why I feel so disconnected from today’s music (of course oddly enough I married a musician!) However I appreciate your list and these cookies!

    • Jennifer Farley

      English with a focus on creative writing!

  • Carol | a cup of mascarpone

    Oh yum…1/2 cup Bailey’s! This is my type of cookie! They look delicious, Jen! Love reading your personal stories!

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    Love this idea! Also, YES to Neverending Story. And to these cookies.

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    Love how soft these look and sound! Love white chocolate but the Irish cream takes them to a whole new level!

  • Little Kitchie

    These cookies sound fabulous!! I love that they’re extra boozy… I like the flavor to be noticeable!! Sounds like a perfect combo to the white chocolate!

  • Carla

    You know, out of all of the Irish cream recipes I’ve seen, I don’t think I’ve seen cookies yet. Genius! Pinning.

  • Lan | Angry Asian

    ok, wht a great post! it is also impossible for me to pick top 5 songs of all time.

    do you think your teen self would’ve accepted a hug? my emo angsty self would never have allowed a hug to occur…

    • Jennifer Farley

      Teen me would have told adult me “Eff off, you don’t understand!!!!! Leave me alone, I’m not hugging you!”

  • Elizabeth – SugarHero!

    I love this post. I shudder to think what songs from childhood/adolescence might make the list. I’m afraid Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road” played a big part in my 5th grade life. Dra-ma!
    Oh, and the cookies? Those look great. :)

    • Jennifer Farley

      New Kids on the Block were a big part of my youth and they’e not on the list. It only counts if we still like it! :)

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    OOooo these look good! Liquor and white chocolate in baking automatically equals a tasty cookie, right?? ;)

  • Valerie

    Love your taste in music (and cookies!). These look wonderful. :D

  • Kiran @

    One of the most innovative cookie recipes out there — love the touch of irish cream :)

  • Christina @ The Beautiful Balance\

    I am drooling just thinking about these cookies!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Is it wrong that I don’t know any of these songs? This is what happens when you are raised in a very sheltered, Korean household!

    These cookies on the other hand are amazing. Jason would be thrilled if I made these for him.

    • Jennifer Farley

      Nah, some of my tastes are a bit obscure. Give them a listen, you might find something you like!

  • Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker}

    I love when people don’t go easy on the booze in recipes! Props my dear! I will be trying these!! Oh and backstreet boys and the spice girls were the story of my life for YEARS!

    • Jennifer Farley

      I think I’m aging myself here but New Kids on the Block took up a big part of my adolescence :)

  • Kathryn

    This was such a fascinating post to read – I love seeing how your life unfolded in songs and it’s really got me thinking about the soundtrack to my own life.

    • Jennifer Farley

      I’m kind of petrified to share part 2. It gets very personal and people can be very judgmental.

  • Gourmantine

    It’s funny how music can define periods in our lives and hearing it can feel like living them over again. I’m of a weird kind and if I like a song I can listen to it 10, 20 times in a row and never get tired. Really enjoyed your post!

    • Jennifer Farley

      I’m the same way! Thanks :) Part 2 should go live tomorrow!

  • Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama

    Music is a huge part of my life, my all time favorite songs are all connected to some of the best but also the saddest moments I’ve had.
    Oh I went through an Olivia Newton John Stage I was pretty young.. 12-13 maybe? I transitioned from that to Smashing Pumpkings, NIN, korn, and many other bands I’d rather not mention for fear of embarrassing myself haha. And how on earth did you graduation from COLLEGE in 2001? You look about 25….
    I can’t wait to see what else you have for songs.

    • Jennifer Farley

      Ha! I actually get that a lot. I’ll be 35 in July. Good genes :D

  • Denise & Laura @ Bakingwithbite

    These look so yummy!! I wish I could be eating one right now!

  • Laura

    Pinned and stumbled–yummy. And it is cruel and unusual to give us a song not available anywhere on iTunes as far as I can tell! (85) ;)

  • Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

    I think your teenage self was friends with my teenage self. Seriously.
    My friend Rachael did one of these posts the other day except she couldn’t decide so she basically put up 3 posts of her life in music. So much fun!!!!!!! I’m not sure I could ever narrow it down.
    These cookies holy moly! I love them.
    P.S. I also love the Decemberists.

  • Laura Dembowski

    You’re introducing me to all kinds of new music. I thought my musical playlist was pretty diverse, but I think I was wrong. These cookies look great too. Just the right golden brown color and I love white chocolate chips!

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction

    BAILEYS in cookies?? I have never seen or heard of such a thing!! But I am loving it girl. Music is a huge part of my life as well – my fiance and I have a tradition of concert going and music means a lot to our relationship. :) I can’t wait to pick out our wedding song. :)

    • sally @ sallys baking addiction

      Thanks for bringing these back to my attention, Jen!!!! Pinned!

  • Natalija

    I like this post. A glimpse into someone’s past leads one to stop and reflect on our own past, if only for a while. These cookies look great! Thanks for reminding me of NIN’s “Closer”. “Hurt” and “Terrible Lie” are favorites as well.

  • Hadeer

    Ok these sound amazing. I don’t have a mixing bowl with attachments; would it turn out terrible if I just do this old school and hand mix with a wooden spoon?

    • Jennifer Farley

      I think they’ll be fine if you make them the old school way :)

  • Jenn

    I’m not a fan of white chocolate, have you tried making them with either milk chocolate or dark chocolate chips instead?

    • Jennifer Farley

      I have not but I bet the cookies will still be delicious with either.

  • Josh

    Just tried to make these today.

    I didn’t realize I was lacking in butter and for one cup of the butter I used margarine.

    I also didn’t realize I had no baking powder, just baking soda. I omitted that entirely.

    The end product: I made white chocolate irish cream PANCAKES.

    • Jennifer Farley

      I hope they were at least tasty pancakes!