Honey & Whiskey Apple Tarts

Mini whiskey and apple tartsI know, I know, another recipe with whiskey. Last year it was this bourbon apple pie. Then, it was whiskey cinnamon rolls. And, most recently it was overnight whiskey applesauce. What can I say? Whiskey just sounds good in baked goods, especially anything with apples. Have you ever had a flavor, spice or special ingredient you find yourself going back to over and over? Apparently mine is whiskey. Not sure what that says about me exactly. 🙂Mini apple and whiskey tartsYou could also easily leave the whiskey out though. I won't tell. Whatever you do I highly recommend using this crust recipe. It's awesome. It's from one of my cooking heroes, Julia Child (of course).Rolling out tart crustsHoney & Whiskey Apple Tarts, makes 4 mini size tarts.

For the crusts (recipe adapted from Mastering the Art of French Cooking)
2/3 cup flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
5 1/2 tablespoons cold butter
scant 3 tablespoons cold water

In a food processor combine the flour, sugar and salt. Pulse a couple of times to combine. Cut the cold butter into small cubes and add to the flour mixture. Pulse until crumbly and well combined. The mixture should be like small pebbles. While the processor is running slowly stream the cold water into the mixture until a dough ball forms. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour, or overnight.Tips for making tart crustsSpray each of your tart pans with a little non stick cooking spray. Divide the dough into four pieces and roll out into a circle that can cover the entire tart pan. Place over the pan, lightly press the dough down into the pan. Now use a rolling pin to roll over the pan so you can easily remove the excess dough (pictured above).Apple tart fillingFor the filling:

2 apples (Granny Smith preferred)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon whiskey

Peel the apples and cut into small cubes. Cook along with the sugar and whiskey over medium heat for 12-16 minutes until the apples have softened enough to mash. You can mash them with a wooden spoon or use an immersion blender. Divide the apple filling among the four prepared pie crusts.

For the tops:
2 apples (Granny Smith preferred)
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons water
1/8 teaspoon whiskey

Peel and slice the apples thin. Lay the slices over the top of the apple fillings. Bake the tarts at 375°F for 20-22 minutes until the crusts begin to brown. In a small bowl combine the honey, water and whiskey. Brush the mixture over the warm tarts.Mini whiskey apple tartsServe warm with a light dusting of powdered sugar or a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy! ox. Emma

Credits// Author & Photos by: Emma Chapman

  • These almost look too beautiful to eat :)Yummy to the max!

  • A friend recommended your blog to me and I love it! I will definitely be checking back here often 🙂 Feel free to check out mine at http://dancingannielynn.blogspot.com

  • honey + whiskey + apple, sounds like a perfect combination. yum!
    xo, cheyenne

  • Something that goes together well..peanut butter and chocolate chips! Here is the recipe for my Peanut Butter Bars, hope you enjoy them as much as we did! http://www.purplegoo.ca/index.php/peanut-butter-fingers/ Your blog post was awesome! Loved the idea of these liquored up little pies! Cheers and Happy Halloween!

  • Yummmm this looks delicious. I have a huge pile of apples left over from last weekend’s apple picking, I think I need to make your overnight applesauce recipe and then use it is filling for these tarts.

  • These look great! I love baking with booze, too. My amazing (if I do say so myself) Thanksgiving sweet potatoes have bourbon and apples in them. I also just got The Boozy Baker from the library and can’t wait to start trying some of the goodies in there.

  • These look so delicious and so cute!

    xo, Juliette Laura

  • they look so delightful, like always Emma 🙂
    Lots of love, Jess


  • Wish I could bake! The more of your posts I read the more I want to pick up a big wooden spoon and bake some cakes!


  • YUM! YUM!! I am not much of a baker, but this seems do able 🙂

  • Have you ever tried the Eggnog-Oat Scones with a Whisky Glaze from the King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking book? Not too bad, especially if you are in a whisky phase. 🙂 I just posted on that cookbook today at my blog–it’s one of my all-time favorites. http://patternandbranch.wordpress.com/ You might like it, or at least that recipe. It’s a good holiday one.

  • TThese look absolutely divine!


  • Mm they look wonderful. Have you seen the book Boozy Bakes on Amazon? 🙂
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

  • These look so good! I recently made a whiskey apple pie…but I like the little sizes of these tarts! Love it!


  • Those so absolutely delicious! I always like to make tarts like these whenever I feel like baking.


  • I love this idea! I recently found a recipe for whiskey cake on Pinterest…I’m thinking I may have to have a whiskey or man-themed celebration for my fiance’s upcoming birthday =)

  • Hey now … don’t forget your Pineapple Upsidedown Cakes that have Whisky in them too! I used your recipe, substituting fresh pear for the pineapple because it was what we had, and we absolutely loved them. Yes, there have been more than one request for a repeat of those, so I better get on that!

    These apple tarts look and sound delicious too.

    You ladies are awesome! 🙂

  • Totally doing those. I always have a problem with the crust it never goes well with Me 🙁 either so hard or can’t roll it out without it crumbling or sticking to the pin!
    But I am def. doing this. Mr. R. is a whiskey lover, and I love anything honey and apple (and cinnamon) so win win ^^

    Loads of love, SJay!

  • If it’s got honey and whiskey in, I’m all for it! These sound delicious xo

  • Looks yummy! I think I would prefer them to bake without whiskey because I don´t drink alcohol 🙂

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena


  • @Sherman – I think what you’re seeing that looks underdone isn’t crust – it’s thin apple slices on top of the tart.

    Either way, these look tasty and I WANT.

  • These look absolutely delicious, Emma! I have a notion to make some sort of tart now. I also love your photography – I get so excited when I see a Cooking with Emma post!x

  • I ate one of the tarts and I thought it was awesome. But if you want to bake it for longer to see how it goes feel free. 🙂


  • Shouldn’t the crust on top look a little more brown? These look underdone to me.

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