Apple Crisp with Honey-Bourbon Sauce

Apple Crisp

My mama has made this variation of apple cobbler for decades.  She made it when we had unexpected guests drop by for supper,  as an easy dessert for a pot luck or dinner on the grounds at church, as a treat for us kids, and, probably, as an aphrodisiac when she was trying to woo my dad as it seems to have had that effect on someone else I know.  I don’t know where this recipe originated from but I do know it’s very old.  You can find variations of it in just about every Southern cook’s favorite recipes.  It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s very versatile. You can make it with any other fruit you would use in a cobbler and, if you’re really reaching, I guess you could describe it as “semi-nutritious”…after all, it does have fruit, oats, cinnamon, and honey…all ingredients that have been touted as “healthy”.  (And that, my friends, is known as”rationalizing”.)


– Apple Crisp

  • 4 medium Red Delicious apples
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Vanilla Ice Cream

– Honey Bourbon Sauce (this amount is for 2 servings)

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp Bourbon


1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2.  While oven is heating, peel, core and slice apples.

apple slices

3.  In a separate bowl, mix brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon and nutmeg.

4.  Spread apples evenly in the bottom of a nine inch baking pan. Sprinkle remaining ingredients over apples.

apple crisp ingredients

5.  Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

6.  In a small sauce pan add the butter, brown sugar and bourbon.  Place sauce pan on the stove using medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium and cook for two more minutes while stirring constantly.

7.  Serve apple crisp with vanilla ice cream and drizzle sauce over ice cream.

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