Who needs to raise a glass when you can raise a spoonful of an alcohol-spiked dessert? The boozy dessert possibilities are nearly endless, but we’ve decided to highlight six of our favorite easy-to-make-at-home recipes.
Homemade Weekend Tiramisu
Tiramisu doesn’t have to be intimidating to make—especially not with our quick and easy variation. With this easy boozy dessert variation, you only make one layer instead of two or three (this is a major time saver), and you replace the traditional lady finger cookies with our Original Soft-Baked Biscotti. While sweet red wine and dark rum are both popular choices for the alcohol component of tiramisu, we recommend using a quarter cup of brandy. Dipping our Soft-Baked Biscotti in an espresso and brandy mixture will give you a base for your tiramisu that’s moist but not soggy. When custard, mascarpone, and brandy-infused Soft-Baked Biscotti all come together, you’ll have a genius no-bake alcoholic dessert that you’ll want to eat every night of the week.
What could be more refreshing than the popsicle’s grown-up cousin, the winesicle? When it comes to homemade desserts with alcohol, it doesn’t get much easier (or more satisfying) than this. Just add your vino of choice (we recommend trying a sparkling wine) and thinly-sliced fruit to popsicle molds, and then set them in the freezer. Try experimenting with this boozy dessert by trying different wine and fruit combinations, like a crisp sauvignon blanc with peach slices or a tart pinot noir with blackberries.
Dark rum and bourbon both make great additions to the classic brownie. Try substituting the water in your usual recipe for the alcohol of your choice, and you should get moist, dense brownies with a kick. If you really want to take things up a notch with this alcoholic dessert, you can drizzle a homemade caramel rum sauce on top.
Champagne doesn’t just have to be for New Year’s Eve. There are plenty of boozy dessert recipes that incorporate this bubbly drink, and we especially like the idea of champagne cupcakes. As with boozy brownies, you can make these by using a boxed cake mix and substituting the water for champagne. If you want to make champagne cupcakes and a buttercream frosting from scratch, the Food Network has a basic recipe to get you started.
Guinness Chocolate Cake
Stout beers like Guinness have distinct notes of coffee and chocolate, so it’s no surprise that plenty of bakers have thought to add Guinness to chocolate desserts. Guinness (or just about any other stout) can be creatively incorporated to just about any chocolate dessert, but if you’re looking for something classic, try making a Guinness chocolate cake. Double down on the alcohol infusion in this dessert by topping it with Bailey’s buttercream frosting.
Creamy Drunken Apricots with Soft-Baked Biscotti
We couldn’t resist including one more dessert that incorporates our Soft-Baked Biscotti! This boozy dessert is simple to make but does require some planning. You’ll need to cut your apricots into quarters (removing the pits in the process) and put them in a large bowl with half a bottle of sweet white wine, such as Moscato or Riesling. Then cover the bowl with cling wrap and let it sit in the fridge for 12-24 hours so that the apricots can absorb the wine. Once the apricots and wine have spent some quality time together, divide the apricots into individual Mason jars for serving and drizzle them with heavy cream. Top it all off with our Original Soft-Baked Biscotti (or any other flavor) broken into large chunks.