Mabon Bourbon Apple Crisp Recipe

Bourbon apple crisp recipe for Mabon, the Fall Equinox or Thanksgiving.

Gooey, warm and delicious, bourbon apple crisp turns an ordinary Mabon into one of the most festive, vibrant holidays on the Wheel of the Year.

With the harvest season in full swing, it’s time to gather the fruits of all that summer labor.

Take a trip to the apple orchard and use your bounty to make this home-baked treat to warm up your hearth and home.

Whiskey/bourbon apple pie to warm up your Fall Equinox.

Make the most of your trip the apple orchard this fall with some bourbon apple crisp.

Mabon bourbon apple crisp minis for the Fall Exquinox.

Oats are a classic autumn baking ingredient. Use them to draw abundance to your table. Add a splash of bourbon to your apple crisp for a warm, hearty fall flavor.    

Magical Correspondences

I chose the ingredients in this recipe for their association with Mabon, autumn and the Fall Equinox.  Together, they bake up to make the whole house smell amazing!


I try to find a way to incorporate apples into my fall menu every year.  Not only are they in season beginning in September in the United States, but they pair perfectly with classic fall spices like ginger, cinnamon and allspice.

In modern witchcraft, apples and apple trees symbolize temptation, lust and sensual pleasure.

(Read all about the many ways to use apples in magic).

But for our Mabon bourbon apple crisp, this jewel-toned fruit stars as a symbol of abundance——a key theme during the harvest festivals.


Use either whiskey or bourbon in this recipe.

Both have similar magical properties.

I love including bourbon in magical meals.  Kitchen witch recipes often overlook the uses of spirits and liquor for their metaphysical properties.  With such a rich history for folklore and mystical tales, it’s a shame!

In the context of Mabon, bourbon is a drink for blessing friendship. 

But it’s also a drink for mourning and death.  This somber theme fits well with Mabon as a prelude to the coming Samhain and the festivals of the dead in October.


The cultivation of oats probably began around the early Common era.

Its ancient lineage and prolific propagation lend it power as ward against starvation and lacking.

As the season cools, oats symbolize healing, abundance, nourishment, and inner warmth.

We include them in bourbon apple crisp as a kind of metaphysical “glue” that binds family and close friendships together in unity.


For me, a fall dessert just isn’t complete without a hefty dose of cinnamon.

This magical ingredient represents spirituality, purification and meditative awareness.

Include it here to bless your meal with the deep, nourishing warmth of motherly love and grace.


-45 tart apples (like Granny Smith or Pink Lady) 

-1/3 cup white sugar

-1 tablespoon bourbon or whiskey

-splash of lemon juice

-1 teaspoon cinnamon

-1/4 tsp salt

Crisp Topping:

-1/2 cup all-purpose white flour

-1/3 cup packed brown sugar

-1/2 cup rolled oats

-1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

-2 teaspoon cinnamon

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-6 tablespoons melted butter

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Peel, core and slice apples thinly.

In a medium size mixing bowl, mix apple slices, sugar, bourbon, lemon juice, cinnamon and salt.

Grease pie pan and line with apple mixture.

Step 2

In a clean bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, oats, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, salt and melted butter.  Mix together until soft and crumbly.

Pour mixture over apples in pan.

Bake for 30-35 minutes.  Stick a knife into the pan to test.  Apples should feel tender, but not mushy.

Happy Mabon!

Bourbon Apple Crisp


  1. I’m very sorry if this is a stupid question, but is this okay for children to eat since it has such a little amount of alcohol in it? This is my first year celebrating and I want to make sure my children can enjoy things with me.

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