Bourbon Butter Sauce Recipe

Bourbon Butter Sauce is so sinful – so rich and wonderful!  This Bourbon Butter Sauce is absolutely great on cakes and ice cream.

A splash of bourbon is a welcome addition to both sweet and savory sauces as it adds a slight punch and a touch of elegance.  What would New Orleans Bread Pudding be without the famous Bourbon Sauce?  This sauce is considered a signature southern dessert sauce and an American classic which gets its name from Bourbon County, Kentucky, where most bourbon is made.

Bourbon Butter Sauce drizzled over shortbread cookie

Check out Linda’s Butters, Condiments, Sauces, Relish and Jelly Recipes for more great ideas.

Bourbon Butter Sauce Recipe:
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Cajun
Keyword: Bourbon Butter Sauce Recipe, Dessert Sauce Recipe
Servings: 6 servings
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon*
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 egg, beaten
  1. Bourbon Butter SauceIn a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine butter, sugar, bourbon, nutmeg, and water; stirring occasionally until bubbly around the edges.  Remove from heat.

  2. Off the heat, blend beaten egg into hot butter mixture.

  3. Return to heat; bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly.  Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.  Do not allow the mixture to simmer as the sauce will curdle.  The Bourbon Butter Sauce should be soft, creamy, and smooth.  

  4. Remove from heat and serve warm.  

  5. NOTE:  If made in advance, whisk and reheat before serving.

  6. Makes enough for 6 servings.


Recipe Notes

* Use a good-quality bourbon.

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