Guinness Pistachio Sweet Rolls with Irish Cream Cheese Glaze
Soft and fluffy Guinness sweet rolls are filled with brown sugar and pistachios and topped with an Irish Cream cheese glaze.
Happy Monday my friends. Yes it is a happy Monday. I made these Guinness pistachio sweet rolls with Bailey’s cream cheese glaze over the weekend and I couldn’t wait to share them with you today. In fact, I was not supposed to share a recipe here today. I was just going to send you all over to my friend Nancy’s blog The Bitter Side of Sweet where I am guest posting today. But after the deliciousness that occurred when these Guinness sweet rolls rolled out of the oven, I had to tell you right away. I don’t keep secrets well and clearly this one was too big to hold on to for more than two days.
Let’s back up for a minute and let me tell you how these rolls came about. I wanted to make sweet rolls for brunch on Saturday and had all intentions to make these peanut butter rolls I’ve had my eyes on for weeks now. But my mind went to the Guinness beer I just purchased for some cupcakes for an upcoming St Patrick’s Day celebration. And the rest was history as I created these bad boys in my head. And boy were they amazing on the first try!! Like I had to share immediately!!!
I know what you are thinking. Beer in your breakfast? Are you kidding me? Well, I am telling you it’s amazing!! I don’t drink beer…hate the smell and taste of it. So I was very skeptical about the idea of making Guinness sweet rolls, but they surprised me. I had to go with a full-proof recipe for the rolls since I am a yeast novice. I used the Pioneer Woman’s famous cinnamon roll recipe. I infused some Guinness beer in the dough and the smell was just heavenly. I then filled the Guinness sweet rolls with brown butter, brown sugar and pistachios (for good luck!). The full-bodied stout marries the brown sugar filling perfectly and it cuts down the sweetness of the bread a little bit. But that’s not a problem, the Irish cream cheese glaze brings in the sweet factor with hints of Irish whiskey. These rolls are fluffy, sweet-and-salty, crunchy and just delicious. Goodness, mornings were made to start like this.
OK, I’ve made my case. Go make this NOW. But before you leave, head over to The Bitter Side of Sweet where I am sharing another delicious recipe for these chewy Coconut Chai Latte Bars.
Guinness Pistachio Sweet Rolls with Irish Cream Cheese Glaze
Soft and fluffy Guinness sweet rolls are filled with brown sugar and pistachios and topped with an Irish Cream cheese glaze!
- 1 ½ cups whole milk
- ½ cup Guinness draft beer
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 package (0.25 ounces) active dry yeast (about 2 ¼ teaspoons), I used Red Star Yeast
- 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour, divided
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and browned
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ¾ cup shelled pistachios, chopped
- 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon Irish Cream (Bailey’s), or more to taste
- ½ to 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
To make the rolls:
- In a large saucepan or dutch-oven, heat the milk, Guinness, oil and granulated sugar over medium heat to just below a boil. Remove pot from heat and allow to cool to warm. When the mixture is warm to the touch, sprinkle the yeast over the top and allow to sit for a minute.
- To the milk mixture, add 4 cups of the flour and stir until just combined. Cover saucepan with lid or plastic wrap and set aside in a relatively warm area and allow dough to rise for an hour. Check dough after 30 minutes to make sure it is rising, if not, you may want to start from scratch again.
- In a small bowl, combine the remaining half cup of flour, baking powder and baking soda. After an hour, sprinkle this mixture over the dough and stir thoroughly to combine. At this point you can use the dough right away or cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease two 9-inch pie dishes.
To assemble rolls:
- Split dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the first half of the dough into a rectangle, about 12 x 8 inches. Spread half of the browned butter over the dough using a pastry brush. Sprinkle half of the brown sugar and then half of the pistachios. To roll, start at the end farthest from you and roll the rectangle towards you. Use both hands and roll tightly. Finish with the seam side down, pinching together any loose ends. Using a sharp knife, slice the dough into 8 equal slices and arrange in one of the prepared pie dishes. Repeat this for the second half of the dough.
- Let the rolls sit for 15 minutes before baking. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until rolls are golden brown and bubbling. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
To make glaze:
- Make glaze when rolls are baking. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add milk, Irish cream and confectioner’s sugar. Whisk until combined. If glaze is too thin, add some more powdered sugar. If it’s too thick, add tablespoon of milk until you get pouring consistency.
- Pour glaze over warm rolls and serve.
Wow, it really is a happy Monday – these look SO GOOD! Sweet rolls of any kind are just the best. So pretty and so delicious. These are the perfect St. Patrick’s Day recipe – pinning to my spd board! So funny that you mention feeling weird about beer for breakfast – I made some Guinness dounuts this weekend and felt very strange opening a beer at 9am…
Thank you Cate!! It really did feel weird to be opening the bottle that early lol! But I put it to good use and didn’t feel bad after all 😉
I’m so in love with these! So many great things going on, but I especially love the pistachios. I actually just made cinnamon rolls too and am posting tomorrow! Yours are much more creative though. Great job!
Thank you so much Erin!! I had to throw in some pistachios. I love them and always buying in bulk at wegmans. Can’t wait for your cinnamon rolls tomorrow 🙂
Oh, these look heavenly, Zainab! I don’t normally like to drink darker beers, but they add so much flavor when you cook and bake with them! These make it ok to have beer in your breakfast for certain. 🙂 Pinning!
Thank you Marcie! The darker beer really did add a great flavor to the dough. I wish I liked beer but I sure found a way to enjoy it. Thank you again for sharing 🙂
Oh my goodness! This is confirmation – you are crazy creative! Pistachio sweet rolls? I’m IN. Not only are they super creative, they are super festive! I’m finding that is a hard combo 🙂 but you nailed it. Pinned!
Thank you Mary Frances!! I felt like the combo wouldn’t work at first but was pleasantly surprised!!
everything on this roll sounds heavenly.
Flavors I never would have thought to put together! They look lovely, though.
I love pistachios and never give them much thought to use in any other way than snacking as-is. Beer for breakfast? No complaints here! 🙂 Another wonderful recipe Zainab!
I did some baking with Guinness and Irish Cream this weekend too- I am that combination and these sweet rolls!
I meant to say I am loving that combination!
So pretty and festive. My family would tear through these like crazy!
ZAINAB! I am crying on the inside as to how gorgeous these look!! Pistachio is SUCH an amazing and unique flavour and I already know the Guinness was amazing in this. Love this!!
Yum!! Those sound delicious, love the flavour combination and the unexpected addition of pistachios.
So much deliciousness coming from you today, lady! Why don’t you live closer so I can help you eat these things? 😉
I know!! I wish I lived closer so I could feed you and bump 😉
These are great rolls, and sooooooo unique! 🙂
I love the combination of flavors that you used and I’m craving a big piece
Oh my goodness! There is so much goodness in these rolls. Love this recipe!
You’re a kind, generous woman not to keep this from us.
Hahhah I try Kayle!
They look even prettier than I imagined, Zainab! You are such a superstar, posting two recipes in one day 😉 I love how creative and different these are, and they sound fantastic with the beer, brown butter, and brown sugar! Now over to Nancy’s blog I go, to check out your other recipe! <3
Thanks Allie!! I know…I totally couldn’t wait to share. And I am going a little overboard this week and sharing three recipes 😮
Umm.. AMAZING! Can you just come to Minnesota so I can try these? hah I love the saint paddys day theme! The flavor combination just sounds to die for! And the fact that these are cream cheese glazed rolls?! I can’t even handle it… SO SO GOOD ZAINAB!
These are absolutely fantastic girl. How can I get these delivered to me tonight? lol
Holy Moly! These look fantastic and I love how you combined these flavors… great job and stunning photos as usual!
I saw these on Instagram and I almost fainted because they looked way too good. Seriously, Irish Cream for breakfast?? I’m digging the idea.
Ahhhh these have to be one of the msot perfect recipes for breakfast rolls I’ve ever seen. Oh, the filling! The glaze! Their fluffiness!
Can’t help it, I’m in love.
I am restraining myself from jumping up and down with happiness upon seeing these!! Cinnamon roll beauty, is what they are.
Oh my lord-Guinness and Baileys? These are heavenly Zainab!
Irish Cream cheese glaze? I’m dying over your creativity and the deliciousness of it all. The whole combination sounds divine! Can’t wait to try.
Besides those killer sweet rolls, I’m lusting over that little white plate. I must know where it’s from! Please share!!! I love it.
Thank you very much Sarah!! The glaze will go with so many things.
Oh my goodness, what a wonderful way to start a Monday morning! With a Guiness-infused roll! Do you think I’d get fired for eating one of these at work? They look really professional, Zainab!
OMG! Can this get any better? These rolls , oh oh especially that last photo of the individual roll, I just went to dessert heaven! *-* <3 It looks soooooooooo good and packedddd with flavor with those pistachios peeking out of the roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WOW! I can see why you wanted this post for yourself! Amazing!!!
Whenever it is acceptable to have beer in your breakfast, we should definitely take advantage of it. I am a firm believer of that, haha. 🙂 PLUS Irish Cream Cheese Glaze. I want to put that stuff on everything! These rolls look incredible, Zainab!
Oh my gosh, what a way to start the week! I think this is about the only thing that could possibly make Mondays exciting. What a brilliant recipe!
Nora, you know I agree with that!! Mondays can only be exciting with a little bit of booze in the breakfast lol!
Oh my, yum! These look incredible. I didn’t used to like pistachios, but I’ve really enjoyed learning to like them in yummy recipes. I have to try these!
Thanks Madison!! I love pistachios too but usually just snack on them. by the way, I saw that you do some design work. I need some help with some backend blog designing. Would you be able to help?
I definitely would be interested! Email me and let me know what you’re needing so I can make sure it’s something I can do 🙂
i love every single word of this post title! love it!
Isn’t it funny how we get an idea in our head, and we just can’t let it go!! I’m glad you shared these with us Zainab, they look delicious. 🙂
I know right? Thanks Lisa!!
Zainab, not only are your photos beyond gorgeous but this Guinness sweet rolls looks beyond insanely pretty…almost too pretty to eat. 🙂
Thank you Nadira!!!
These are brilliant and stunning Zainab! I love everything about these rolls especially the pistachios – you totally found my weakness 🙂 So much yumminess – pinning 🙂
these are just SO amazing!
I love pistachio and these sound amazing! Just pinned! Stopping by from The SITS girls party 🙂
Thanks for stopping by Denise!!
This is a genius twist on cinnamon rolls. I need some of these in my life!
I’ve got to admit that I don’t like beer either, but these pistachio topped rolls look AMAZING! How could you go wrong basing it on PW’s recipe, right? I’ve had her cinnamon roll recipe on my to-do list since forever but it makes so many that when I intend to bake it around the holidays, I get so busy I put it off until the next year. Thanks so much, Zainab, for sharing this with us at the mixing bowl party.
Jelli thank you!! PW’s recipes are always so great!! You need to try her cinnamon rolls. This one is based off hers just cut back to make a manageable serving size.
I need to get in on baking with Guinness. It sounds so good, and these sweet rolls are amazing, Zainab!
Wow these look so delicious! I’ve never heard of putting pistachios in rolls like this. Pinning!
Such a fabulous idea for sweet rolls, girl!! Perfect for Saint Patricks Day for sure! 🙂
These sweet rolls look so fabulous! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!
Oh my these look amazing!!! Would have never thought to add pistachios …differently going to make this one!!!
LOVE! I love these, Zainab! What a great idea for a sweet roll. Pinned and sharing on social media! 🙂
I cannot hold secrets either. I am glad you didn’t keep this quiet. These rolls look super yummy!
Am I missing where the recipe is posted? Looks like a great one to try for any day!!