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.

Guinness Pistachios Sweet Rolls

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.

Guinness Pistachios Sweet Rolls

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!!!

Guinness Pistachios Sweet Rolls

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.

Guinness Pistachios Sweet Rolls

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.

Happy Monday!

Guinness Pistachio Sweet Rolls with Irish Cream Cheese Glaze
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Soft and fluffy Guinness sweet rolls are filled with brown sugar and pistachios and topped with an Irish Cream cream cheese glaze.
Recipe type: Bread
Yield: About 16 rolls
  • 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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease two 9-inch pie dishes.
To assemble rolls:
  1. 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.
  2. 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:
  1. 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.
  2. Pour glaze over warm rolls and serve.
Rolls adapted from The Pioneer Woman


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  1. says

    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…

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      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 😉

  2. says

    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!

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      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 🙂

  3. says

    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!

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      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 🙂

  4. says

    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!

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      Thank you Mary Frances!! I felt like the combo wouldn’t work at first but was pleasantly surprised!!

  5. says

    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

  6. says

    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!

  7. says

    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.

  8. says

    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.

  9. says

    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!

  10. says

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. says

    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!

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      Nora, you know I agree with that!! Mondays can only be exciting with a little bit of booze in the breakfast lol!

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      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?

  12. says

    These are brilliant and stunning Zainab! I love everything about these rolls especially the pistachios – you totally found my weakness 🙂 So much yumminess – pinning 🙂

  13. says

    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.

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      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.

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