15 Swoon-Worthy Boozy Bourbon Dessert Recipes

Some folks believe this strong southern spirit was named after a French royal family. Others swear it was named after the famous street in New Orleans. Either way, bourbon is an American classic that never goes out of style. The slow burn of barrel-aged bourbon whiskey may usually inspire you to clink a few ice cubes into a rocks glass and kick your feet up. But before you reach for the cocktail cabinet, take a detour to your pantry instead. Because bourbon is known for containing big notes of vanilla, oak, and caramel–and sometimes comes from the bottle feeling soft and sweet, sometimes a bit spicy–this whiskey is perfect for making desserts. Simply combine a splash of bourbon with a solid bar of high quality dark chocolate and a little imagination, and you’ll have turned a few sweet innocent treats into sultry decadent desserts. Just be warned: we can’t be liable if this roundup of amazing boozy bourbon desserts leaves you swooning with a southern drawl.

1. Baked Vanilla Bean Beignets with Blackberry Bourbon Vanilla Jam

Mardi Gras may have already come and gone, but bourbon spiked blackberry jam is reason enough to make every day Fat Tuesday (Recipe and photo: Recipe Runner)

Baked Vanilla Bean Beignets with Blackberry Bourbon Vanilla Jam

2. Bourbon Caramel Semifreddo with Candied Salted Pecans

No need for an ice cream maker! This lighter-than-air, creamy treat requires no special equipment, woven with ribbons of caramel and dark bourbon undertones. (Recipe and photo: Sugar and Snapshots as featured on NoshOn.It)

Bourbon Caramel Semifreddo with Candied Salted Pecans

3. Bourbon Pecan Caramel Sauce

Drizzle this irresistibly sticky sauce on ice cream, pour it over apple slices, or just eat it out of the jar. It’s that good. (Recipe and photo: Laughing Over Spilled Milk)

Bourbon Pecan Caramel Sauce

4. Bourbon Bacon Root Beer Float

Sexy cocktail meets cool, sweet dessert. Match made in heaven. (Recipe and photo: Cake n’ Knife)

Bourbon Bacon Rootbeer Float

5. Whiskey Whoopie Pies

The idea of including Makers Mark and whipped cream filling in the same recipe makes us want to “whoopie” with giddy excitement. (Recipe and photo: Spicy Southern Kitchen)

Whiskey Whoopie Pies

6. Sweet Potato Cornmeal Waffles with Bourbon Cream & Pecan Butter

Who says you need to wait for breakfast to eat waffles? Leftover sweet potatoes and after-dinner whiskey are a surprisingly easy way to to make this amazing dessert. (Recipe and photo: The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen)

Sweet Potato Cornmeal Waffles with Bourbon Cream & Pecan Butter

7. Black and Bourbon Cupcakes

These devil’s food cupcakes are topped with just the right amount of vanilla bourbon frosting. Sinfully simple but so delicious. (Recipe and photo: The Cooking Bowl)

Black and Bourbon Cupcakes

8. Bourbon Caramel Almond Butter Cups

The fancy truffles behind the glass at your favorite boutique candy shop will pale in comparison to these homemade rich, sweet bites of bliss. (Recipe and photo: Minimalist Baker)

Bourbon Caramel Almond Butter Cups

9. Bourbon Soaked Orange Loaf Cake with Currants

These light citrus loaves glazed in bourbon are the perfect alternative when you’re looking to indulge in a boozy dessert, without things getting too heavy.  (Recipe and photo: The Spiced Life)

Bourbon Soaked Orange Loaf Cake with Currants

10. Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Bourbon Maple Sauce

There’s nothing like warm bread pudding to bring out the warm brown sugar notes in our favorite dark spirit.  (Recipe and photo: iQ Food Co as featured on NoshOn.It)

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Bourbon Maple Sauce

11. Bourbon Vanilla Caramels

Salty, sweet, and simple. Though the ingredients can seem predictable, they become a perfectly balanced pairing of whiskey and caramel that couldn’t get any better. (Recipe and photo: Happiness is a Warm Bun)

Bourbon Vanilla Caramels

12. Sweet Potato, Blackstrap & Whiskey Ice Cream with Torched Marshmallows

If there were ever a punk in the neighborhood gang of ice cream flavors, this would be him. And we definitely want to be friends with him. Or at least play bass in his band.  (Recipe and photo: Sift & Whisk)

Sweet Potato, Blackstrap & Whiskey Ice Cream with Torched Marshmallows

13. Bourbon Caramel Popcorn

This crunchy popable snack ups-the-ante on both date-night dessert and movie-night popcorn. (Recipe and photo: Use Real Butter)

Bourbon Caramel Popcorn

14. Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake

You may think pumpkin is reserved for Autumn, but we like cheesecake (and bourbon) all year round. (Recipe and photo: FancyFoodFancy)

Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake

15. Bourbon Pecan Pie Chocolate Donuts

These drunken, decadent donuts make us want to forget our manners. (Recipe and photo: The Noshery)

Bourbon Pecan Pie Chocolate Donuts