Bourbon-Soaked Cherries Tiramisu

Prep Time 3 hours 20 mins
Total Time 3:20
Serves 6 servings

Bourbon-Soaked Cherries Tiramisu is a luscious dessert you can make ahead of time and indulge in when ready!



    • 1 1/2 cups cold heavy cream
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
    • One 8-ounce container mascarpone
    • 3 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 cups cold, strong brewed coffee
    • 6 tablespoons orange liqueur (like triple sec or Gran Marnier)
    • 2 tablespoons Kahlua
    • One 14-ounce package ladyfingers
    • 1 to 2 large handfuls of Bourbon-Soaked Cherries, pitted and roughly torn
    • 6 whole Bourbon-Soaked Cherries, for garnish
    • 2 ounces dark chocolate, grated


    1. 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.
    2. To the whipped cream, add the mascarpone cheese and granulated sugar. Mix until combined and smooth.
    3. In a medium bowl, stir together the coffee, orange liqueur, and Kahlua.
    4. 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.
    5. Top the ladyfingers with half of the mascarpone cheese mixture. Spread the cheese mixture into an even layer over the cookies.
    6. Top the cheese mixture with the ripped bourbon cherries, spreading them evenly around the dish so you get some cherries in every bite.
    7. Dip the remaining cookies in the coffee mixture and create a layer over the cherries.
    8. Top the cookies with the remaining cheese mixture and spread evenly in the dish.
    9. 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.)
    10. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours to 24 hours.
    11. Uncover the tiramisu and cut into 6 portions. Plate the dessert and top each serving with a whole cherry.


    Recipe Notes

    If you're looking to make your own Bourbon-Soaked Cherries, Kristy's book has the recipe. I happened to have a jar of homemade bourbon cherries from my neighbor ready to go so that's what I used. Bourbon cherries are also available from the store if you don't want to make your own. I know Marker's Mark makes some that are bright red.

    If you can't find ladyfingers at the grocery store, you can use Margherite cookies instead. You may need 2 packages through, as a 12-ounce package of Margherite cookies is just shy of filling two layers in a 9-inch x 9-inch pan. I like to soak these cookies for 8-10 seconds since they aren't quite as porous.

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