Boozy Apple Crisp with Bourbon and Molasses

Apple crisp is a favorite treat when the weather starts to cool. Warm yourself even more by adding some bourbon and enjoying this Boozy Apple Crisp with Bourbon and Molasses!

Boozy Apple Crisp
I’ve been making a different version of this Boozy Apple Crisp for way more years than I like to count. ‘Pike’s Peak Spiked Apple Crisp’ has been a favorite for a very long time; since my girls were young and we had a lot of apples from a lone apple tree in our yard. When that tree started to bear fruit I could not give away enough apples but I could sure get a lot of folks to come over for Apple Crisp!

Fast forward and I thought it was time for a redo. The photos were iffy at best and beyond that; it’s just so dang good and I wanted to have my lovely neighbors over for dessert on a beautiful fall afternoon. Fall meaning yesterday…I’ve been keeping track because while my mantra of ‘It’s not over til it’s over’ really came into being to fight the glut of ‘pumpkin everything’ in August, the fact is that I eventually start to bite at the bit for ‘everything apple.’

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I like raw apples OK; especially with a dollop of peanut butter on them or in a great apple salad but nothing compares to a fall treat that includes apples, some brown sugar, cinnamon, and in my ever present state of what can I do with all this booze in the house…some bourbon!

Boozy Apple Crisp

So I left the ‘old girl’ alone and did a new twist. Bourbon, brown sugar, a hint of molasses and some oatmeal in the topping for a bit more substance and now the old girl has a new bestie. Topped with vanilla ice cream and some Salted Caramel Sauce with Bourbon and this one was a winner. I love them both but if I had to choose? Really? I can’t. The original has a bit more zest and that citrus zing is so good, and this one is definitely richer with both molasses and bourbon but both are favorites. I can’t choose one kid over the other!

Boozy Apple Crisp with Bourbon and Molasses truly is divine though and a nice addition to your fall dessert table. I know it’s absolutely sacrilegious for some, but I make apple crisp easy…I don’t peel. Nope; not a peeler. Which means it comes together pretty quick; always nice for a dessert that is easy to prepare except for that time consuming peeling business.

I actually have one of those apple peeler slicer things but I quit using it for this; the slices are SO thin that the apples got overdone while waiting for the topping to brown. So I punted and gave myself permission to skip the peeling and just slice away! Not one person had stood up and had a fit, refusing to eat this dessert so it seems to have been a wise decision. Try it, unless of course peeling apples is your jam!

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Boozy Apple Crisp with Bourbon and Molasses Served ala Mode on a Square White Plate

Boozy Apple Crisp with Bourbon and Molasses Served ala Mode on a Square White Plate

Boozy Apple Crisp

A delightful take on the standard apple crisp; the additional of bourbon and orange liqueur step it up to a decadent treat.
4 from 50 or more votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 532 kcal


  • 8 cups sliced apples I used a combination of Gala and Jonagold
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon sugar
  • 1 tsp.grated lemon rind
  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz Orange Liqueur
  • 2 Tbsp Molasses

For the Crumb Topping:

  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • ½ C light brown sugar
  • ½ C sifted flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • ¾ cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup toasted chopped walnuts
  • Whipping cream or ice cream for topping optional
  • Caramel Sauce optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Arrange apple slices in greased casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon, lemon, bourbon and orange liqueur on top of apples. Drizzle molasses over apples.
  • In a separate bowl, mix sugars, flour, salt and butter with a pastry blender or in a processor until crumbly; add the oatmeal and chopped walnuts and mix thoroughly.
  • Spread mixture over top of apples.
  • Bake uncovered at 350 degrees until apples are tender and top is lightly browned, approximately 1 hour.
  • Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Drizzle caramel sauce on top.


Nutrition Facts
Boozy Apple Crisp
Serving Size
1 grams
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    1. Yikes! It gets drizzled on top of the apples before the topping goes on. I’ve corrected the recipe Amy, thanks for the heads up.

    1. You have to try it without peeling. Yes, you can tell they have peels. But they are so soft and not intrusive and you’ve saved yourself maybe 15 minutes? SO worth it!

    1. It does have just a bit extra oomph Kaitie and I think more than normal crumble. All together? Just the best!

  1. This apple crisp is exactly the type of dish I crave when fall hits. In fact I’m so much in fall mood that I picked up over 6 pounds of apples at the local farm the other day. Plus the addition of bourbon is perfection!

    1. It is perfect for fall isn’t it? I’m in the apple mood too; apple crisp, apple butter, thinking apple sangria must happen!

  2. I adore the fact that you don’t peel the apples in your crisp. I’m not a peeler for crisp, either. Heck, most of the time I don’t peel apples for sauce. I just like the added texture of the peels, and not peeling them keeps all those good vitamins in the peel with the dish. That’s how I justify the time saved anyway. The molasses has got to add so much depth to the flavor. You’re a smart lady all around.

    1. I have changed a few minds about the practice of peeling…it takes so much time and really creates a lot of waste…who needs that? The molasses is a nice twist and well, the bourbon doesn’t hurt. 🙂

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