Tart apples, Irish whiskey, and Kerrygold butter? This is a perfectly decadent, Irish treat that food experts and cookbook authors vouch for.

Here at IrishCentral, we're pretty much on board with any dessert recipe that calls for Irish whiskey - but add in some Kerrygold and we're just flat out excited!

Made from the milk of grass-fed, never hormone-induced, Irish cows, Kerrygold ultimately yields a product that has a rich, golden texture and smooth, creamy flavor.

The Irish butter is so delicious and purely produced that it’s become trendy to put a dollop in your coffee, but we’re certain there are even better uses – like this decadent recipe for Celtic apple crumble with Irish whiskey cream sauce.

“Apples have always played an important part in Irish folklore, tradition, and diet, so it’s no surprise to find apple desserts in great supply and variety. This apple crumble, sometimes called ‘apple crunch’ when the apples are first cooked to soften them, is flavored with a respectable dose of Irish whiskey and topped with a buttery oatmeal crumble. Serve it with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or Irish Whiskey Cream Sauce” said Margaret Johnson, Irish food expert and cookbook author.

Johnson uses Kerrygold Irish butter to make this crumble. The butter, churned from the milk of grass-fed cows that graze in Ireland’s lush pastures, has a creamy richness and a remarkably golden color from the beta-carotene in the grass. It is the preferred butter of many seasoned bakers.

Apple crumble with Kerrygold and Irish whiskey cream sauce recipe



  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Irish whiskey
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-5 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons Kerrygold Irish Salted Butter
  • 1 cup quick-cooking (not instant) Irish oatmeal, such as Flahavan’s or McCann’s brand

Irish Whiskey Cream Sauce

  • 1 cup heavy (whipping) cream
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons Irish whiskey



To make the filling, in a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the water and whiskey to a boil. Stir in the raisins and vanilla. Remove from the heat, cover, and let stand for 1 hour, or until the raisins have absorbed most of the liquid.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Butter an 8- or 9-inch square glass baking dish. In a large bowl, toss the apples with the sugar, cinnamon, and ginger. Stir in the raisins and cooking liquid and arrange in the prepared pan.


To make the crumble, combine the flour, brown sugar, and butter in a food processor. Pulse 4-5 times to form coarse crumbs. Stir in the oats. Sprinkle the mixture over the fruit and bake for about 40 minutes, or until the topping is golden and the apples are tender. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Irish Whiskey Cream Sauce

In a deep bowl, beat the cream with an electric mixer on high until soft peaks form. Dissolve the honey in the whiskey. Fold the honey mixture into the whipped cream and spoon over the crumble.

Recipes by Margaret Johnson, Irish food expert and cookbook author; recipe adapted from her Puddings, Tarts, Crumbles, and Fools cookbook; recipe provided by the author.

For more delicious recipes, visit the Kerrygold USA website.

What's your favorite recipe - does it call for Irish whiskey and Kerrygold?! Let us know in the comments!

* Originally published in 2016, updated in October 2023.