I don’t even know.

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I just… poured bourbon on the apples. ON the apples. And baked them. And covered them in cinnamon ice cream.

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Oh and stuffed them with my favorite crispy crumble mixture. It’s like… apple crisp.

Apple crisp baked inside an apple.

Covered in bourbon.

Covered in ice cream.

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I don’t know why I do these things.

Bourbon Baked Apples I howsweeteats.com

Bourbon not your thing? Pretty sure you could use rum here. Spiced rum? It is fall after all. Maybe some sort of other delicious liqueur or something? What about red wine?



Now I have to make these again.

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Bourbon Baked Apples

Yield: makes 6 apples

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45-50 minutes

Total Time: 1.5 hours


6 large honeycrisp apples
2/3 cup oats
2/3 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup softened unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup apple cider
1/3 cup bourbon (or less, depending on how much you enjoy bourbon)
cinnamon ice cream for serving (or pumpkin! or vanilla.)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Core the apples - but not all the way - using an apple corer or a paring knife. You want to cut about 2/3 of the way down to remove the seeds if you don't have an apple corer. Carefully cut a circle around the stem and cut about an inch downward. From there, use the same knife or a spoon, remove the core and the seeds.

In a bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon. Add softened butter and vanilla, and mix thoroughly with a fork and your hands until it becomes clumped together. If desired, you can also add nuts here! Stuff the mixture equally inside each apple. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon if desired.

Place apples in a large baking dish. Pour apple cider and bourbon in the bottom of the pan, then bake for about 45 minutes. This will depend on the exact size of your apples (if using small/medium apples, start by baking for 30 minutes), but it is easy to keep an eye on them because a few times during the cooking process (every 10 minutes or so), you want to spoon the cider/bourbon mixture overtop of each apple. Once the skin looks all wrinkly and slightly darker in color, remove from the oven. Serve immediately with ice cream on top.

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I’m not complaining.

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126 Responses to “Bourbon Baked Apples.”

  1. #
    Rachel @ The Pescetarian and the Pig — November 4, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    Oh. My. Lord. Those look amaaaaaazzzziiiiinnnngggg, I could die!


  2. #
    Sarah — November 4, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

    Umm, these look so delicious I don’t even know where to start… thanks for sharing! I’m looking forward to trying them.


  3. #
    Kath — November 4, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

    My gosh. Yuuuum!


  4. #
    Good Food Good Friends — November 5, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    I have to try these! Love baked apples and you just kicked it up a few notches with the bourbon! YUM!!!


  5. #
    Keisha — November 5, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    These look amazing! Baked apples are a little nostalgic for me. They are the first thing I ever made all by myself when I was kid.


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    Rachel — November 5, 2012 @ 11:32 pm

    I have never made baked apples, but these…these make me want to drop my laptop and run to the oven to preheat! My husband would go coo coo for these! Maybe I should surprise him with a couple sometime this week as the flurries begin…. Orrrr maybe I can just make myself a couple, and he would never know…hmm.. I’ll let you know which one I decide on! ;) Thanks for sharing!!


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    Food around my World — November 6, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

    It looks reaally tasty!! I have never tried baked appels!! Will sure try this recipe :)


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    Rebecca — November 8, 2012 @ 2:05 am

    This was crazy great and so easy!! I only had four apples and the filling and sauce were the perfect amount- so when, not if, I make it again I will make extra if I use more apples. xoxo and thanks!!!!!!!!!!!


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    Miss-Apple — November 9, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

    Looks good, i think i will try it! About red wine… In France we do it with pears. Like poached in red wine (with sugar and spices). Wonder what it would be like with apples… Just a question about your recipe: when you say Bourbon, is any whisky ok or does it have to be Bourbon? (my bf loves good whisky, so i could try your recipe, but i am unsure he has bourbon…)


  10. #
    Simone — November 14, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

    Made this as dessert for my boyfriend’s parents and we served it with caramel praline ice cream. We were all in heaven.


  11. #
    Meredith — December 2, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    OMG!!!!! I was in charge of desserts for Thanksgiving this year, and put this babies on the menu. First of all, they are so simple to make. Second of all, these were a huge hit!!!! As a person, who hates making homemade pie crust, I am always looking for alternative for delicious desserts! This came out amazing. My husband, and his family have already requested them on next years menu!


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    Alissa — January 5, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    I’m thinking Honey Jack Daniels….. and Yuuummmmmm


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    shortterm loans — May 21, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

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    Karen — August 15, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    Rosh Hashanah is right around the corner and these (easily kosher) baked apples will be perfect for my simcha! Thanks for the perfect recipe!


  15. #
    Liza Null — October 11, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Oh, man. These photos are, like, food porn.


  16. #
    Karen — November 5, 2014 @ 8:30 am

    I just made these last night – they were so good and really easy, even without an apple corer!


  17. #
    Mark — November 10, 2014 @ 2:50 am

    I cut back a bit on the brown sugar & used maple flavored bourbon. Awesome!

    I use a melon baller to core apples. I find it faster and safer, plus I have more control. I’ve never found apple corers very effective.



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