Cherry Tiramisu
A riff on classic tiramisu: cherry tiramisu. Photo courtesy Cherry Marketing Institute.





February 2007
Last Updated March 2012

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Cherry Tiramisu Recipe

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Recipe: Cherry Tiramisu

Here’s a quick, fun cherry tiramisu recipe that you can sink your teeth into, courtesy of the Cherry Marketing Institute. Because not every grocer carries mascarpone, which is the base of a traditional tiramisu, this recipe substitutes the more universal ricotta cheese and sour cream.


  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup coffee liqueur
  • 1-1/2 cups pure butter shortbread
    cookie crumbs (about 30 2-inch
  • 1 can (21-ounces) cherry filling and
  • Grated chocolate for garnish
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish
Sour cherry dessert sauce from the excellent Chukar Cherries line.

†A gourmet-quality product is available from Chukar Cherries (see photo)



  1. Combine ricotta cheese, confectioners’ sugar, sour cream and coffee liqueur in a large mixing bowl; mix well. Set aside.
  2. In the container of an electric blender or food processor, process cookies, in small batches, until finely crushed.
  3. Remove 6 cherries from cherry filling; reserve for garnish.
  4. To assemble dessert, spoon 2 tablespoons ricotta cheese mixture into each of six (8-ounce) parfait glasses. Add 2 tablespoons cookie crumbs to each glass; top each with 2 tablespoons cherry filling. Repeat ricotta, crumb and cherry layers. Finish each serving with an equal portion of the remaining ricotta cheese mixture.
  5. Garnish with reserved cherries, grated chocolate and mint leaves, if desired. Let chill 2 to 3 hours before serving.

Serves 6.

Cherry Resources

Traverse Bay Farms, in Bellaire, Michigan, grows cherries and sells them as dried fruit, fruit salsas, Montmorency tart cherry juice and more. They also have recipes for Cherry Salsa, Southwestern Style Cherry Slaw, Cherry, Smoked Turkey Salad, Cherry Sauce for Grilled Salmon and a Cherry Pepper Side Salad. Visit them at


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