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Bourbon Apples in a bowl and serving bowl
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Bourbon Apples

These easy bourbon apples are cooked with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Serve them as a side dish, dessert, or as a topping for pancakes, French toast or oatmeal!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 281kcal


  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Or use Five Spice
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 pounds apples, cored + thinly sliced Peeling optional
  • 1 ½ ounces bourbon Or use another unflavored whiskey
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar, plus more if desired


  • Melt butter over low heat in a heavy-bottomed pot.
    Stir in the cinnamon and nutmeg.
    Melt Butter + Stir in Spices
  • Add the apples, bourbon and sugar. Stir.
    Add Bourbon + Sugar to Apples
  • Cover the pot and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Uncover the pot and continue cooking for about 10 more minutes, or until the apples are tender.
    Taste the apples and add more sugar if desired.
    Serve warm along with the liquid left in the pan. Leftovers can be refrigerated and served within 3 days.
    Cook Until Apples Soften


  • The liquid in the pan is thin and I want it to be a syrup:  For a thicker syrup, increase the sugar to ½ cup.
  • My apples fell apart: Some varieties of apples (like McIntosh and Golden Delicious) tend to fall apart and turn to applesauce when cooking.  Use another variety or only cook until just tender.
  • The amount of liquid will depend on how juicy your apples are.
  • Make sure to adjust the sugar to taste.  Some apples are much sweeter than others.
Bourbon Options:
  • The bourbon can be swapped for any unflavored whiskey.
  • Omit the bourbon to make this recipe kid-friendly.


Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 255mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 477IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg