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20 Incredible Bourbon Recipes

In my mind, bourbon is the easiest drinking liquor. The sweetness of the corn mash and the smokiness imparted by the charred oak barrels give it a balance that makes it hard to beat in a cocktail, over ice, or on its own. But that smoky sweetness also makes it perfect for cooking. Whether you want to temper a dessert that might otherwise be too cloying or add a little complexity to a meat dish, bourbon is a wonderful go-to liquor for cooking.

Here are 20 bourbon recipes that showcase this spirit’s range.

  • 20 Incredible Bourbon Recipes 1 of 21
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    Cool weather means it's time to break out the bourbon. But why stop at cocktails? Here are 20 creative recipes to get you cooking with bourbon!

  • Blackberry Peach Bourbon Cobbler 2 of 21
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    The smoky flavor of bourbon is a perfect addition to the sweetness of peaches and blackberries in this cobbler recipe.
    Bake or Break has the recipe
    Image: Bake or Break 

  • Bourbon Chicken 3 of 21
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    A culinary fusion of Louisiana and China that comes from New Orleans, bourbon chicken is a popular buffet staple at Chinese restaurants and southern joints alike. It's also incredibly easy to make at home.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Angie McGowan 

  • Caramel Bourbon Peach Pies 4 of 21
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    Want a bourbon peach pie you don't have to share? These single-size pies are just thing.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Shaina Olmanson 

  • Homemade Bourbon Ice Cream 5 of 21
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    Like the name suggests, it's ice cream made with bourbon. And it's every bit as boozy and wonderful as it sounds.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
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  • Bourbon Balls 6 of 21
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    These bourbon balls are delicious, but since the alcohol isn't cooked out, they're strictly for the grown-ups. And a treat that's just for the adults is a lovely thing.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Aggie Goodman 

  • Vanilla Bourbon Bundt Cake 7 of 21
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    Bundt cakes can seem like kind of a staid recipe, but this vanilla bourbon bundt cake recipe shows how they can be a fun and interesting dessert.
    Diethood has the recipe
    Image: Diethood 

  • Bourbon Brown Sugar Ice Cream 8 of 21
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    Bourbon not only tastes great in ice cream, but it also gives it a wonderful texture. Try this bourbon brown sugar ice cream if you don't believe us.
    The Girl In the Little Red Kitchen has the recipe
    Image: The Girl in the Little Kitchen

  • Maple Bourbon Apple Barbecue Ribs 9 of 21
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    Including bourbon in a glaze is great way to impart a smoky sweetness to meat that you won't be smoking.
    Snappy Gourmet has the recipe
    Image: Snappy Gourmet 

  • Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Truffles 10 of 21
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    Not only does this recipe have bourbon, chocolate, AND dates, it's also vegan and gluten-free, so it's perfect for entertaining a diverse crowd.
    Spa Bettie has the recipe
    Image: Spa Bettie 

  • Cherry Bourbon Lemonade 11 of 21
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    Bourbon's sweetness allows it to work well with a range of fruity tastes. In this fun cocktail, it's complemented by cherries while offsetting the tartness of the lemonade.
    The Girl In the Little Red Kitchen has the recipe
    Image: The Girl in the Little Kitchen 

  • Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Bourbon Buttercream 12 of 21
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    The bourbon is front and center in these cupcakes, giving a little oomph to a delicious buttercream frosting.
    Eats Well With Others has the recipe
    Image: Eats Well with Others 

  • Spicy Chocolate Bourbon Bundt Cake 13 of 21
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    With a full cup of bourbon in the batter, this chocolate bundt cake has plenty of sweet smokiness that's accented wonderfully with some heat from a little cayenne pepper.
    Poet in the Pantry has the recipe
    Image: Poet in the Pantry 

  • Lemon Ginger Toddy 14 of 21
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    This homemade ginger tea tastes great either with a little bourbon or without. Winter chill, you're officially on notice.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Vanilla Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie 15 of 21
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    What could be more southern than sweet potato pie? Sweet potato pie with bourbon.
    Kitchen Treaty has the recipe
    Image: Kitchen Treaty 

  • R and R Cocktail 16 of 21
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    If you find yourself missing summer, the R and R, a cocktail with a bourbon and iced tea base, will help you find that summer vibe no matter what it feels like outside.
    The Culinary Life has the recipe
    Image: The Culinary Life 

  • Peach Bourbon Crumb Bars 17 of 21
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    Fresh peaches are played up wonderfully by bourbon's caramel and vanilla notes in these delightful and easy peach bourbon crumb bars.
    The Girl In the Little Red Kitchen has the recipe
    Image: The Girl in the Little Kitchen 

  • Brown Butter Butterscotch Pecan Ice Cream 18 of 21
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    Technically, it's not a bourbon recipe, it's a scotch recipe. But it's so wonderful and smooth, we won't split hairs.
    The Messy Baker has the recipe
    Image: The Messy Baker 

  • Mini Snickerdoodle Cheesecake with Peach Bourbon Compote 19 of 21
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    Bourbon lends a little warmth and depth to peach compote to give these sweet mini-cheesecakes a touch of sophistication.
    What Jew Wanna Eat has the recipe
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  • Sweet Potato Bourbon Bundt Cake 20 of 21
    20 Incredible Bourbon Recipes

    Bourbon and sweet potatoes are a perfect combo for a cozy fall dessert.
    The Messy Baker has the recipe
    Image: The Messy Baker 

  • Drunken Baked Apples 21 of 21
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    The secret to these apples? Bourbon, brown sugar, and butter. Make mine a double.
    Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine has the recipe
    Image: Quarter Life Cuisine 

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