Boozy Whiskey Apple Crisp

October 24, 2013

A simple apple crisp recipe gets a boozy update with the addition of whiskey. It’s a delicious apple dessert with a buttery oat topping, cinnamon and sugar sweetness, and whiskey infused flavor!

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The November issue of Martha Stewart Living arrived on my doorstep late last week.  As I flipped through the glossy pages, full of succulent Thanksgiving dishes and sweet pies and desserts, I became inspired to get in the kitchen and make something.  Also found in the pages of this magazine was a recipe for apple crisp.  So I decided to make a boozy version inspired by the magazine’s recipe.

Traces of my baking session followed me in between the pages of my new magazine.  Little bits of sugar found their way inside the pages – a testament to recipe success!  Having a few different types of whiskey on hand, I tweaked the recipe to include a splash of it.  Apples and whiskey are a match made in boozy heaven! 

Boozy Whiskey Apple Crisp

Apple crisps are very easy to make. Cinnamon, sugar, and whiskey kissed apples fill the bottom of the pan.  Then, the apples (I like to use Granny Smith apples) are sprinkled with a simple topping made with oats, sugar, butter, and a touch of salt.  As the apple crisp bakes, the oat topping forms a lovely crust over the top of the apples.  And as the butter melts into the dish,  it turns the cinnamon, sugar, and whiskey into a caramel-type of sauce.

Boozy Whiskey Apple Crisp

Boozy Whiskey Apple Crisp


    For the topping:
  • 1 c. old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • For the filling:
  • 2 pounds apple, peeled, cored, and cut into thin slices
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. whiskey


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8x8 inch square pan with butter.
  2. To make topping, mix the oats, brown sugar, salt, and butter in a small bowl.  Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, toss together the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, and whiskey.  
  4. Fill the prepared pan with the apple mixture.
  5. Then, sprinkle the apples with the oat topping.  
  6. Bake the apple crisp for 30 minutes, or until topping turns golden brown.  
  7. Allow to cool slightly. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, if desired.
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Apple crisp is delicious on its own. But served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top makes it even better!  If you’re looking for an easy way to use those apples you picked in the orchard, this is a great way to transform them into something delicious! 
Did you make this Boozy Whiskey Apple Crisp recipe? Share it on social media using the hashtag #livinglavidaeats. Don’t forget to tag me @lavidaholoka!


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