Boozy Bourbon Apples

These boozy bourbon apples make a quick and easy dessert using fall’s crispest apples. Just serve with ice cream or a bit of whipped cream.

Tips and tricks

The best apples for baking

The HunnyZ is a newly released Washington apple that I discovered last week. They are big and flavorful and not too sweet, unlike some of the other honeycrisp crosses.

a small bowl of bourbon apples with a dollop of whipped cream next to a bowl of whipped cream.

This is a really crunchy apple – so much so that mr. uglyducklingbakery complained it was loud. And he was across the room.

One of the things that I’ve discovered so far about this apple is that it holds its shape. So it while it wouldn’t be the first apple I would reach for to make applesauce, it would be great as a baked apple.

And I thought it would shine in this bourbon apple recipe. I wasn’t disappointed. If you don’t have access to HunnyZ’s, pick a apple varietal that is firm and sweet, like a honeycrisp or a honeycrisp cross. You definitely don’t want a soft apple for this recipe.

chunks of apples to use in this bourbon apple recipe.

What to serve with bourbon apples

These would be perfect with a bit of whipped cream or served as a topping for ice cream or waffles. Maybe these peanut butter waffles? Or cut back on the sugar and they would make a tasty side dish for roast pork. Like maybe this baked pork tenderloin.

FAQs about this bourbon apple recipe

Can I add spices to this recipe?

Sure, a smidge of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, etc – all would work in this recipe to bring out the taste in apples that aren’t the most flavorful.

They have alcohol. Are they ok for kids to eat?

Some of the bourbon cooks off after 10 minutes, but much of it remains. I’m not worried about serving this tiny amount to my kiddo – we often cook with wine and other liquors – but it is a matter of personal preference. I would not, however, serve anything prepared with alcohol, no matter how long it has cooked, to someone who is abstaining because the alcohol doesn’t burn off completely.

Can I substitute another alcohol for the bourbon?

Yes, this recipe would also work well with rum or brandy.

a pan full of bourbon apples.

Related recipes

Try this apple bourbon pork tenderloin recipe. Or check out other uglyducklingbakery apple recipes like dried apple rings, unsweetened strawberry applesauce, or apple and blackberry pie.

Bourbon Apples

5 from 1 vote
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: Unspecified
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 139kcal
These boozy bourbon apples make the quickest and easiest dessert using fall's crispest apples. Just serve with ice cream or a bit of whipped cream.
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  • 1 large apple
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar


  • Peel and core the apples and chop them coarsely into half inch chunks.
    1 large apple
  • Melt the butter in a frying pan large enough to accommodate all of the apple in a single layer.
    1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Add the apple chunks, bourbon, and brown sugar and stir to coat.
    1 tablespoon bourbon whiskey, 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Cook for 10 minutes on low-medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the apples are softened to desired consistency and the syrup has started to caramelize.
  • Serve warm, with slightly sweetened whipped cream or over vanilla ice cream.


Scale up this recipe, using about one half to one apple per person, depending on the size of the apple and whether you are serving these bourbon apples with ice cream or whipped cream.


Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 224IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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    1. These might be a bit juicy for that? But they would definitely work as a topping option in a breakfast buffet as a pancake/waffle topping.

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