7 Ways to Sneak Whiskey Into Dessert

Hey all! Well, it’s Monday morning and according to the ES calendar, that means it’s time to talk whiskey. In particular, with the weather getting colder we’re thinking about cooking with whiskey. There’s just something about a dessert with a little wild turkey thrown in the batter that gets our hearts racing and warms you up all over. Not sure what we mean? Check out the Island of Kentucky recipe page for all kinds of good ideas of what to cook with said whiskey, or keep reading for seven of our simmering favorites.

1. Whiskey Caramel Marshmallow Bacon Bark

Whiskey Marshmallow and Caramel Bacon Bark_Endless Simmer

Say the first four words above in the same sentence and you can get me to do pretty much anything. I mean, COME ON.

Recipe: Whiskey Caramel Marshmallow Bacon Bark

2. Mudslide Cupcakes



Make your own Bailey’s at home, mix it with some coffee, add a dash of the good stuff…yeah, baking ain’t so girly anymore, huh?

Recipe: Mudslide cupcakes

3. Cherry Whiskey Upside Down Cake

Cherry and Whiskey Upside Cake _Endless Simmer

Don’t think of soggy pineapple upside down cake. This one is tender and springy, while the whiskey adds an extra subtle dimension that quiets the caramel topping and brings it in balance with the cake and fruity sweetness of the cherry.

Recipe: Cherry-Whiskey Upside Down Cake

4. Cherry Whiskey Caramel Ice Cream


The cherry-whiskey duo returns, this time in ice cream form. For just a little bit of boozy goodness, soak some cherries in whiskey and add ’em to your homemade ice cream. Think it’s too cold for ice cream? Add a scoop of this to the whiskey upside down cake seen above and then talk to me.

Recipe: Cherry Whiskey Caramel Ice Cream

5. Mint Julep Cupcakes

mint julep


Kentucky Derby day can be every day of the year with this sweet take on the classic mint and bourbon cocktail. And—it’s even vegan.

Recipe: Mint Julep Cupcakes

6. Whiskey Sour Poptail

Cherry Apple Whiskey Sour_Endless Simmer 1

I mean, yes. You knew we weren’t gonna round out this list without including at least one poptail. This one takes a classic whiskey sour cocktail recipe, adds some cherry and apple flavor, and freezes it.

Recipe: Whiskey Sour Poptail

7. Irish Cheesecake Bombs

Irish Brownie Bombs


Yes, that’s a Guinness chocolate Brownie. Yes, we topped it with Bailey’s cheesecake frosting. No, we didn’t forget to pipe some whiskey into that clover toping at the end. You’re welcome.

Recipe: Irish Cheesecake Bombs


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One comment

  • Tess November 11, 2013  

    Don’t see any reason to sneak it. Just pour it straight over anything that follows the main course – or better yet – take a bite of that dessert and chase it down with a swig of Makers Mark and the results are, well, sweet and warm.

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