Bourbon-Soaked Cherries Tiramisu is a luscious dessert you can make ahead of time and indulge in when ready! It’s the perfect dessert to compliment dinner!
You guys! I am SUPER pumped to be helping my amazing friend Kristy celebrate the launch of her Cooking with Cocktails cookbook today!! Kristy and I are totally kindred spirits.
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I fell in love with her blog years ago when we were in a monthly recipe group. I was assigned her blog, made one of her favorite cocktails as my assignment, and I even liked it so much I renamed the drink after her.
Ever since we’ve found more and more things we both love – bourbon, bacon, food porn, pigs, and totally nerding out in our Facebook messages with each other.
So when it came time for Kristy to start writing her cookbook I couldn’t have been more excited for her! I was even a tester for this book for a few months (I’m all about the sneak peek) and everything I tried was crazy good…and oh so boozy! See how pretty…
And get this! Kristy took my Jack Daniel’s Bacon Mac & Cheese to a whole new level! Doesn’t it look so freaking good?!
With our bourbon affinity, I couldn’t think of anything better to kick off Kristy’s online book tour (or to serve up for Valentine’s Day) than this Bourbon-Soaked Cherries Tiramisu!
I’d never made tiramisu before this recipe. Kristy popped my cherry. Ahahahahahahaha!
My husband LOVES cherry desserts and was hovering around the fridge all day just waiting for me to green-light him to have a slice. While I’m not a big cherry fan (weird, right?!) I loved this tiramisu.
The traditional tiramisu flavors with bright pops of fruity flavor and boozy goodness are pretty damn magical.
Now, Kristy is a pretty hardcore from scratch, farmer’s market gal. While that’s great, I was on a deadline to make this recipe so I used what I had available for this recipe. So here are a few disclaimers about what I did (and you can do) versus Kristy’s recipe.
I didn’t have time to make Bourbon-Soaked Cherries from scratch, but there is a recipe for them in the book. I wanted to, but again, the deadline.
They are on my agenda for later because I’m totally making Kristy’s Maple Bacon Bourbon Manhattan!
Luckily I had a jar of Marker’s Mark bourbon cherries in my fridge from the goodie pack Marker’s sent me when I made my Belmont Bramble. I’m 100% sure her homemade cherries are the bomb though.
My grocery store didn’t have ladyfingers or baker’s chocolate squares. Instead, I used Margherite cookies and chopped up some dark chocolate chips. We make it work around here.
This dessert was so good I can only imagine it’s even better with the ingredients as planned.
If you don’t normally spike your recipes, this cookbook is a great way to get your feet wet! Kristy’s recipes range from simple to advanced and just reask of her food style. In a good way.
My favorite thing about this cookbook, though, is that every recipe has a photo with it. I love knowing what it “should” look like so I know if I’m close to what the cook envisioned.
Not to mention Kristy takes beautiful pictures. Food porn guys. It’s all about the food porn.
You can pick up Kristy’s book today!! Right here on Amazon.
Bourbon-Soaked Cherries Tiramisu
- 1 ½ cups cold heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 8 ounce container mascarpone
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 cups strong brewed coffee cold
- 6 tablespoons orange liqueur like triple sec or Gran Marnier
- 2 tablespoons Kahlua
- 14 ounce package ladyfingers
- 2 large handfuls of Bourbon-Soaked Cherries pitted and roughly torn
- 6 whole Bourbon-Soaked Cherries for garnish
- 2 ounces dark chocolate grated, for garnish
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form, about 3 to 6 minutes. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar, and mix to combine.
- To the whipped cream, add the mascarpone cheese and granulated sugar. Mix until combined and smooth.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the coffee, orange liqueur, and Kahlua.
- Dip one ladyfinger into the coffee mixture for 3 to 5 seconds. Place the cookie into the bottom of a 9-inch x 9-inch baking dish. Repeat until the bottom layer of the baking dish is covered.
- Top the ladyfingers with half of the mascarpone cheese mixture. Spread the cheese mixture into an even layer over the cookies.
- Top the cheese mixture with the ripped bourbon cherries, spreading them evenly around the dish so you get some cherries in every bite.
- Dip the remaining cookies in the coffee mixture and create a layer over the cherries.
- Top the cookies with the remaining cheese mixture and spread evenly in the dish.
- Sprinkle the top of the tiramisu with shaved chocolate. (If you don't have bakers block of chocolate, you can use whole dark chocolate chips or chop up the chocolate chips.)
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours to 24 hours.
- Uncover the tiramisu and cut into 6 portions. Plate the dessert and top each serving with a whole cherry.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.
Ok. I am so stoked to find this right now. I am currently hunting for a dessert to make for friends who are coming to our house on Saturday. I’ll be making Peach Whiskey BBQ Chicken (I’m lazy & it’s my “go-to” if you’ve already had my tequila spiked venison chili), I need a good dessert. I stumbled on this because my mom’s Tiramisu rocks and that’s what I always default on, but the bourbon soaked cherries just slapped me in the face, so I had to investigate. And let me tell ya, I’m kinda wondering Why TF has this never crossed my mind before now? Perhaps it’s because I’m not a fan of cherries either, but when something sounds awesome and contains your least favorite foods balanced with your favorite spirits, you gotta just go for it. So, thank you for this recipe post. I will absolutely be giving it a go in the near future. Whenever I am unsure of how something is going to turn out, my instinct is to just throw some liquor in it and see what happens. It’s never done me wrong. At least concerning cooking, that is. 😉 I can’t wait to try it!
OMG! I think we might be kindred spirits. That Peach Whiskey BBQ Chicken sounds like the best thing ever! If you’re up for sharing (I’ll totally just make it for my family, not publish it) I would love to have that recipe. 🙂