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Bourbon Sauce

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 3/4 cup 1x


This golden bourbon sauce recipe for bread pudding also works for apple crisps, sundaes and more! It’s irresistibly luscious and creamy.


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole milk*
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Prior to serving, in a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the granulated sugar, whole milk, salted butter, bourbon, and vanilla. When it starts to simmer, simmer lightly bubbling for 3 minutes, maintaining the heat at medium to medium low so that it doesn’t bubble heavily.
  2. Once it turns golden brown at about 3 minutes, taste and make sure the flavor is caramelly with a hint of bourbon (the bite of the bourbon should be cooked out). Remove from the heat and strain it into a pitcher. Make ahead instructions: Make up to 2 days in advance, then refrigerate until serving. Rewarm on the stovetop over medium heat.


*For a vegan variation, try vegan butter and coconut milk.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Bourbon sauce, bourbon sauce recipe, bread pudding with bourbon sauce