Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding With Butter Bourbon Sauce


This recipe is reminiscent of classic bread pudding with a fun twist—our favorite hot and fresh doughnuts.

Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins

Ever wondered what to do with your leftover Krispy Kreme doughnuts? Trick question. We know there is never an excess of Krispy Kreme.

But if you're in the mood for a modern twist on the beloved treat, give our Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding with Butter Bourbon Sauce a try! It's easy, delicious, and unique.

With only 30 minutes of hands-on time, you'll be in and out of the kitchen in a jiffy. Made with sugary doughnuts and a velvety custard, this dessert is reminiscent of classic bread pudding with an irresistibly doughy finish.

Not convinced? It's topped off with a homemade butter-bourbon sauce that perfectly brings together the rich flavor combination. Complete with caramel, heavy cream, and a dash of salt, the tasty sauce is an instant crowd-pleaser. Bring this bread pudding to your next church potluck or family dinner party for the ultimate dessert choice.

Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding with Bourbon Butter Sauce
Southern Living


  • 1 dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts, each cut into 8 pieces

  • 2 cups half-and-half

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Vanilla Ice Cream, optional

Bourbon Butter Sauce

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons Bourbon

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Prepare pan:

    Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly butter a glass or enamel-coated 11x7-inch baking dish. Place doughnut pieces in baking dish.

  2. Make custard:

    Whisk together half-and-half, eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla in a medium bowl until well combined. Pour mixture over doughnuts in baking dish; let sit 1 hour.

  3. Bake pudding:

    Place baking dish inside of a metal 9x13 baking dish. Fill 9x13 dish with water, allowing water to come halfway up the sides of the 11x7 dish, creating a water bath. Place water bath in preheated oven and bake 40-43 minutes, or until custard is just set. Remove from oven and let cool in water bath until just cool enough to handle, about 30 minutes. Remove 11x7 dish from water bath to scoop and serve.

  4. Make Butter Bourbon Sauce:

    Stir together sugar, water, and corn syrup in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium until sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Increase heat to medium high and cook, occasionally brushing sides of saucepan with a wet pastry brush, until mixture darkens to a deep amber color, about 6-7 minutes. Remove from heat and pour in cream (mixture will bubble vigorously); stir in butter, bourbon, and salt until well combined. Let cool 5 minutes, then spoon sauce over Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding and vanilla ice cream, if desired.

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