The perfect meal ender, these Irish Cream Chocolate Pudding Shots are smooth, chocolate puddings, flavoured with coffee and Irish Cream liqueur.
I don’t think it would come as a shock to anyone that I’m a dessert lover. It’s my favourite part of any meal and when it comes to Valentine’s, I’m much more likely than not to be making a big chocolate cake and using the day as a perfect opportunity to have seconds :) I know not everyone is like me though, so for those that are looking ahead to Valentine’s Day and aren’t really in for a big dessert, these are for you!
These little chocolate shots are the perfect few spoonfuls of smooth, rich chocolate, flavoured with coffee and Irish Cream liqueur, for a lovely ending for a special meal. This recipe only makes 2 (maybe 3, if your cups are small) servings. They are perfect served in espresso cups and are just the thing to have a bit of chocolate without the fuss or muss of a grand dessert.
Obviously, the chocolate that you start with will go a long way to determining the finished product. You can make these with anything from chocolate chips to fine artisan chocolate. Your call. Use the chocolate you like or have.
These little chocolate shots are quick to make, but they do require your attention while cooking. It’s not the time for multi-tasking. If you over-cook the chocolate pudding, you will end up with chocolate scramble eggs and that’s not very appetizing. The trick is to heat the custard just until it thickens and before it boils. That’s around 170F. if you have a thermometer (and if you have a thermometer, definitely use it to help you know where you are at).
Even though it takes longer, keep your heat at low and avoid the urge to crank it up to speed it up.
Flavour your chocolate shots by adding 1 Tbsp of any liqueur, such as Irish cream, Kahlua etc. to the pudding mixture.
Get the Recipe: Irish Cream Chocolate Pudding Shots
- 2 oz semi or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 1/4 cup half and half (10%) cream
- 1 Tbsp brewed espresso or strong brewed coffee
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tsp cornstarch
- Whipped cream, for topping
- Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Set heat under pan to low. Using a whisk, heat, whisking constantly, until chocolate melts and mixture thickens, about 10 minutes. DO NOT ALLOW TO BOIL! *Mixture will thicken at around 170 F, so if you have an instant read thermometer, check the temperature frequently to asses when you are nearing that point. No thermometer? Watch for when your whisk starts to leave marks in the mixture. If you cook a tad long and you get some lumps, you can pour through a fine sieve to remove.
- Immediately pour in to serving cups and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving topped with a dollop of whipped cream.
First of all, what a beautiful website you have, Jennifer! I love the simplicity of the recipe and the beautiful photos. I want to just dive into that cup. :)
Thanks so much, Giselle :)
I adore Irish Cream, these are just perfect!
Thanks Laura :)
I just made these and have them tucked away for tomorrow night. Thanks for the VERY clear instructions to keep whisking. At one point towards the end the mixture was starting to look like lumps might start but strong whisking got it back to a silky smooth texture.
I did, however, make sure that I used small espresso cups so that there was enough for a cook’s sample after the cups were filled :-). Yum! Thanks so much!
Do enjoy Lynne and you are a woman after my heart to enjoy a cook’s sample ;)
I think I’d have a problem sharing…just sayin’! These looks creamy and decadent Jennifer!
Me, too Mary Ann ;) Thanks!
Better than mousse. The texture and flavor was fantastic. Great finish to a wonderful meal. Will be making again
Great to hear, Cathy :) So glad you enjoyed it!
Love that creamy texture so much, I might just eat the both of them myself :) Sharing is so over-rated.
Lol Sue :) I agree!
I know just the person I’d like to share a pair of these delicious looking shots with! Yum! Such a pretty, simple presentation too. Love it!
Thanks so much, Chris :)
You know I would love this one Jennifer! What a perfect ending to any meal, any time of the year. Chocolate puddings are a delicious and simple pleasure. Love the addition of Irish Cream – my absolute favorite. I worked on a simple (haha) chocolate dessert for two all day today. After several attempts to get it perfect I gave up to try again another day. Sheesh – you know recipe development is not always successful! LOVE these desserts. Have a great weekend!
Thanks Tricia and yes, these are a perfect few spoonfuls of chocolate! Hope you are having a great weekend, too :)