Bourbon Soaked Cherries & 21 Other Christmas Recipes

As many of you know, this is not a food blog. I’m pretty much a complete train wreck in the kitchen and it’s just a good idea for all involved if I keep my culinary crafts to a minimum. However, the holiday season is always a fun time to give treats to neighbors and co-workers so I’ve been known to throw on my apron for some baked goods.

This years offering is for adults only: Bourbon Soaked Cherries.

Bourbon Soaked Cherries |

I found this recipe a while back in Martha Stewart Living and I knew I had to give it a try for Christmas. It’s hands down the easiest recipe I’ve ever tried from Martha which is saying a lot when the instructions include the phrase “Watch carefully, since bourbon may ignite.”

It’s always fun to have a recipe with an element of danger involved.

Dried Cherries |

But seriously… it’s so SUPER easy.

Dried Cherries |

Combine one cup of bourbon with 2 tablespoons of sugar and simmer on low until the sugar dissolves. Keep an eye on that bourbon.

Pour over 3/4 cup of dried cherries and let it sit over night.

That’s it!

Cherries in Bourbon |

If the bourbon doesn’t ignite, you will have the most amazing treat. Martha suggests adding them to a Manhattan or to spoon over ice cream. We are planning on trying ours out with brownies… a boozy black forest dessert.

So good!

Cherries Soaked in Bourbon |


This recipe is definitely for adults only. However, if you are looking for something for the whole family, here are several from my favorite bloggers:


Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies by Sally’s Baking Addiction

Chocolate Covered Peppermint Sticks by Country Living

Ginger Spice Molasses Cookies by A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

Iced Chocolate Peppermint Cookies by Baking A Moment

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Thumbprints by Something Swanky

Snowball Cookies by Storypiece

Vanilla Dipped Peppermint Oreo Lollipops by Miss Candiquik


Christmas Cupcakes by Sugar Siren Cakes Mackay

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes by Handmade in the Heartland

Holiday Snow Globe Cake by Taste of Home

Layered Peppermint Cheesecake by Southern Living

Two-Toned Bundt Cake by Liv for Cake


Christmas Caramels by Favorite Family Recipes

Christmas Tree Sugar Shapes by Northstory

Dipped Caramel Pretzel Bites by Favorite Family Recipes

Eggnog Truffles by Taste and Tell

Grand Marnier Truffles by Baker by Nature

Hard Candy by Northstory

Pecan Pie Fudge by Crazy for Crust

Red Velvet Cookie Dough Truffles by Call Me PMc

Santa’s Snack Mix by Smart School House

Bourbon Cherries & 21 Christmas Gift Ideas |

Do any of your homemade gifts come from the kitchen? What’s on your holiday baking list? Are you trying out any new recipes this season? Let me know what your planning and if there’s something fun I should try.

Well… I’m off to the store for more dried cherries!