Apple-Almond Brave Betty

This spin on the classic Brown Betty gets a "brave" update from amaretti cookies and bourbon. A pie-size betty is traditional, but if you like, assemble the recipe in individual ovenproof ramekins.

small white ramekins with Apple-Almond Brave Betty dessert and whipped cream
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Cook Time:
8 mins
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 8 mins


  • 1 7 ounce package amaretti cookies, such as Lazzaroni Amaretti Cookie Snaps

  • 6 tablespoon cold unsalted butter,

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 3 pound (about 6 large) crisp, tart apples, such as Granny Smith

  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 tablespoon Bourbon (optional)

  • Zest of 1 lemon

  • Vanilla ice cream or heavy cream (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil (to catch any drips), and place a 9-inch pie plate or similar ovenproof dish on baking sheet.

  2. Place cookies in a food processor and pulse to fine crumbs. Add 4 Tbsp. butter and 1/4 tsp. of the salt. Pulse to moist crumbs; set aside.

  3. Peel, core and halve apples. Slice about 1/8 inch thick. In an extra-large skillet, melt the remaining 2 Tbsp. butter over medium heat. Add apples; toss to coat. Cook, covered, until apples soften, 7 to 9 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and the remaining 1/2 tsp. salt. Add sugar mixture to apples and cook until juices thicken to a syrup, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in bourbon, if using, and lemon zest.

  5. Scatter 1/2 cup of the crumb mixture across the bottom of pie plate. Spoon in one-third of the apples and their syrup. Repeat two more times, using all the apples. Top with remaining crumbs.

  6. Bake, uncovered, about 40 minutes or until golden brown and juices bubble thickly. Serve warm with ice cream or a drizzle of cream. If desired, sprinkle with additional cinnamon.


A pie-size betty is traditional, but if you like, assemble the recipe in 6- to 8-ounce individual ovenproof ramekins. Cut the baking time to about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

447 Calories
16g Fat
73g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 447
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 163mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 73g 27%
Total Sugars 61g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0.7mg 4%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 272mg 6%
Folate, total 6.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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