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Bourbon Roasted Cherries

These Bourbon Roasted Cherries take only a few simple ingredients to make a sinfully delicious treat.  Spoon over ice cream, cheesecake, oatmeal or just enjoy with a spoon!  Serve at room temperature or warmed, these drunken cherries will keep in the refrigerator for two weeks.

bourbon cherries in two white dishes

I found this recipe when flipping through my [embarrassingly huge] stack of magazines the other day and thought these drunken roasted cherries looked too good not to make!

What’s Needed for Bourbon Cherries? 

It doesn’t get much easier than these roasted cherries! Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe: 

  • Frozen sweet cherries
  • Light brown sugar
  • Bourbon
  • Ground ginger
  • Kosher salt
  • Vanilla extract
roasted bourbon cherries in a white dish

How to Make Bourbon Cherries 

  1. Stir together the cherries, brown sugar, bourbon, ginger, and salt in a baking dish.
  2. Roast at 400F until the mixture smells very fragrant and the cherries have released a lot of liquid.
  3. Once the cherries have roasted, stir in the vanilla extract and let cool.
overhead view of roasted bourbon cherries in a white dish

Ways to Eat Bourbon Roasted Cherries 

These Bourbon Cherries are sinfully delicious on their own, but would be over-the-top spooned over vanilla ice cream (or Greek yogurt for those of you still going strong in your new year resolutions).  Heck, they would be good over oatmeal, cheesecake, or just alongside a cheese plate!

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, these babies would be sweet packaged up in mason jars as gifts or as a special after-dinner-treat.

roasted bourbon cherries in a white dish

How to Store Roasted Cherries 

Once the cherries have cooled, transfer them to a clean jar and refrigerate for up to two weeks. Serve at room temperature or warmed gently in a saucepan over low heat.

Tips for Making Bourbon Cherries 

  • I went heavy-handed on the bourbon and scant with the ginger. Feel free to adjust the ratios to suit your tastes. 
  • Cinnamon would also be a wonderful addition.
  • Don’t skimp the vanilla! It adds so much flavor. 
roasted bourbon cherries in a white dish

More Easy Fruit Desserts: 

Bourbon Roasted Cherries

4.59 from 12 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 117kcal
Author: Emily Grace

Ingredients

  • 12 oz bag frozen pitted tart red or dark sweet cherries
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar , packed
  • 3 tbsp bourbon (such as Maker's Mark)
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Stir together cherries, brown sugar, bourbon, ginger, and salt in a small roasting pan or baking dish.
  • Roast for 25 minutes (stirring occasionally) or until the mixture smells very fragrant and cherries have released a lot of liquid.
  • Once the cherries have roasted, stir in the vanilla and let cool.

Notes

To store: Transfer to a clean jar and refrigerate for up to two weeks. Serve at room temperature or warmed gently in a saucepan over low heat.
Tip: I went heavy-handed on the bourbon and scant with the ginger. Cinnamon would also be wonderful but don’t skimp the vanilla.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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James

Tuesday 21st of August 2018

Does the bourbon cook out enough to be safe for work? Thinking of topping a cheesecake with these for a pitch-in

Emily Grace

Tuesday 21st of August 2018

Hey James, great question. I've done a little research online and from what I can tell, trace amounts of alcohol will remain. The bourbon just acts to enhance the flavors in this dish, so you can omit it or drop it down to 1-2 tbsp which will help reduce the amount per serving and it will still taste great! Cooking these in a large dish (more surface area) will also help the alcohol evaporate during cooking. If I was worried about it, I would drop it down to a heavy handed 1 tbsp and be fine serving it for work or even to my kids but you can decide what's best for your situation. Hope this helps- sounds amazing over cheesecake!!

James

Monday 10th of April 2017

These were so good!

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