Baking with a Twist: 3 Boozy Dessert Ideas

EEliza September 1, 2023 3:52 PM

Looking to add a little kick to your sweet treats? Look no further. From boozy cakes to alcohol-infused pies, we've got you covered with these three delicious boozy dessert ideas. With these recipes, you'll wow your guests and introduce them to a whole new world of baking with alcohol.

Tips for baking with alcohol

Before we dive into the recipes, let's go over some tips for baking with alcohol. The alcohol in the recipes doesn't just add flavor, it can also affect the texture and structure of your dessert. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Choose the right booze: The type of alcohol you use can greatly influence the taste of your dessert. Strong spirits like rum or whiskey can add a rich and deep flavor, while lighter spirits like vodka or gin can provide a delicate and subtle flavor. Beer and wine can also be used in baking, each adding their unique flavor profiles.

  2. Consider the cooking method: Alcohol can evaporate during cooking, which can intensify or reduce the taste. For a strong alcohol flavor, consider adding some alcohol after baking.

  3. Balance is key: As with all ingredients, balance is key. Too much alcohol can overpower the dessert, while too little may be unnoticeable. Always start with a little and add more to taste.

Boozy dessert #1: Whiskey chocolate cake

This recipe combines the deep flavor of whiskey with the richness of chocolate for a truly decadent cake. Here's how to make it:


  • 1 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of whiskey
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the whiskey, milk, eggs, oil, and vanilla extract.
  3. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing just until combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Allow the cake to cool before frosting or serving.

Boozy dessert #2: Beer cookies

Beer in cookies? You bet. The carbonation in beer adds a lightness to the cookie dough, while the maltiness enhances the flavors of the other ingredients. Here's how to make them:


  • 2 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of beer (a malty beer like a lager or brown ale works best)
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. In another large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract and beer. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Boozy dessert #3: Wine-infused berry pie

This pie is a boozy twist on a classic berry pie. The wine adds a deep, fruity flavor to the pie filling that pairs perfectly with the flaky, buttery crust. Here's how to make it:


  • 1 homemade or store-bought pie crust
  • 4 cups of mixed berries
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup of red wine
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a pie dish with the pie crust.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the berries, sugar, cornstarch, wine, and lemon juice. Pour the mixture into the crust.
  3. Bake the pie for 45-50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Allow the pie to cool before serving.

Baking with alcohol can add a fun and unique twist to your desserts. Whether you're a seasoned baker or a beginner, these boozy dessert recipes are sure to impress your guests. So why not give one (or all) of these recipes a try?

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