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Easy Bourbon Cherry Pie FIlling

Homemade Cherry Pie Filling is amazing on ice cream, in hand pies, pies, cakes, crepes on yogurt and so much more! Makes a delicious food gift too!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dessert, Food Gift, fruit
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bourbon cherries, Bourbon cherry pie filling, homemade cherry pie filling
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 137kcal


  • 4 heaping cups of fresh cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1 TBS fresh squeezed lemon or lime
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 TBS cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Dash of salt


  • Place (pitted & halved) cherries, the water and the bourbon in a pot and over medium heat bring them to a simmer. Allow the mixture to simmer for 12-15 minutes or until the cherries release their juices.
  • Meanwhile in a small bowl whisk cornstarch with your fresh lemon juice and a couple spoonful's of the juice from the pot of cherries. stir until smooth. This creates a slurry of sorts so that when you add it to the pot, you don't have cornstarch lumps.
  • Add your sugar mixture into your pot of cherries, stir well simmer for 3-4 minutes or until mixture thickens.
  • After a few minutes add in your cornstarch mixture and stir until combined.
  • Taste and adjust flavor to your preference.
  • Allow mixture to cool then spoon into a large mason jar (or 2) and keep in the fridge until using.  Keeps for a week in the fridge.


Colleen's Notes: If you want to omit the bourbon, substitute 3 TBS water for it and 1 TBS fresh lime juice.  Also, depending on the freshness of your cherries they may yield more juice at different times of the year.  If they yield a lot of juice...just simmer them a bit longer.  If they don't yield enough, add in a bit more water.


Serving: 12servings | Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 44IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg