Cherry Bourbon Crumble Bars #RecipeRedux

A cocktail and dessert all wrapped into one delicious sweet treat! If you decide to enjoy the crumble bars for breakfast, remember it is always five o’clock somewhere. All three layers of the bars share a perfect balance of flavor. A delectable compliment to a Bourbon Cherry Sipper, a big piece of Cherry Bourbon Crumble Bars.

Cherry Bourbon Crumble Bars #RecipeRedux

The crumble bars have minimal sugar added, yet the bars hold a perfect balance of sweetness from the cherries. This recipe could easily be diabetic-friendly and made gluten free. Remember, I do love making my recipes easy to alter, along with easy to make. My inspiration for this recipe came from That Skinny Chick Can Bake’s gorgeous Streusel Topped Raspberry Squares.

Cherry Bourbon Crumble Bars #RecipeRedux

For the cherry filling, I used a cherry preserve to bring the sliced cherries together- just in case the bourbon cherries were too much. I used a half cup of bourbon-soaked cherries, and a half cup of fresh sweet cherries. Next time I would just throw caution to the wind and use one whole cup of bourbon-soaked cherries.

Cherry Bourbon Crumble Bars #RecipeRedux

If you want to exclude the alcohol all together, just use fresh sweet cherries instead of bourbon-soaked cherries. Here are few other treats using some boozy love: Cherry Rum Chocolate Candies, Irish Coffee Blondies, No-Bake Booze Berry Cheesecake.

Cherry Bourbon Crumble Bars #RecipeRedux

Yields 8

Cherry Bourbon Crumble Bars

20 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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For Crust:
1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup cashew meal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
For Cherry Filling:
1 cup cherry preserves
1/2 cup bourbon soaked cherries (or 1 cup and minus out 1/2 cup fresh cherries) (recipe in notes)
1/2 cup fresh cherries (optional)
1 Tbsp Cloister bourbon honey
2 Tbsp corn starch (mix with about 2 tablespoon of water, mix together well)
For Crumble Top:
2 Tbsp AP flour
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold, cut into cubes


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cooking spray on 9 x 9 inch pan.

For Crust:
In small bowl mix together melted butter, cashew meal, flour, and coconut sugar.

Bake crust for about 10-15 minutes, until golden brown, depending on oven. Let cool.

For Filling:
In small sauce pot, burner set to medium-low, cook together cherry preserve, bourbon soaked cherries, and fresh cherries. Mix water and cornstarch, then add to cherry filling. Let filling thicken, will take about 5-8minutes. Add honey and stir together well.

For Crumble:
in small bowl, mix together with fork or hands butter, brown sugar, old fashioned oats, and AP flour. Mix together with fork or hands until completely incorporated.

To assemble bars: pour cherry filling over cooled crust, then place small clumps of crumble around top of bars.

Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, depending on oven, or until crumble is golden brown


Bourbon Soaked Cherries - pit and slice in half fresh sweet cherries, place in 32oz canning jar, add about 2 cups of bourbon or until bourbon covers cherries, keep in refrigerator, let soak for at least 24 hours.


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  • Liz
    Oh, my gosh, your cherry version looks sublime!!! Thanks so much for the shout out, Terra. You've inspired me to try these with other fruit (like boozy cherries :)).
  • Yum! These sound great. I had been thinking of making pie this cherry season... maybe I will try these instead!
    • We made them twice in one week, so they are pretty fantastic. Let me know what you think! Thank you for stopping by, Take care, Terra
  • Thespicyrd
    I knew you would come up with something deliciously boozy for this ReDux Terra! These bars look divine, and, no doubt, easy to make gluten-free by replacing the all-purpose flour in the crust and topping w/ a gluten-free flour, or perhaps even just all cashew flour. Yum!!! Hope you're having a fabulous week! xoxo
  • JeanettesHealthyLiving
    Love the cashew meal in your crust and the boozy honey and cherries - so fun!
  • I want to eat the whole crust! The sweet boozy cherry filling sounds amazing.
  • kitchenriffs
    We use a lot of almond flour in baking, but not cashew meal. Gotta try that! This is good -- thanks.
  • TheNutritiousKitchen
    oh my gosh i LOVE crumble bars and these sound so tasty!!
    • They are way too delicious! Thank you for stopping by, Take care, Terra
  • Cindys Recipes
    These cherry bars sound perfect for an afternoon tea!
    • They would be wonderful for afternoon tea, or breakfast, or dessert, oh heck whenever:-) Thank you for stopping by, Hugs, Terra
  • Jennie @themessybakerblog
    If you're going to mingle cherries with bourbon, you know I'm going to have to have a taste.
  • These cherry bars look so addictive, one would not be enough :D Cheers Choc Chip Uru
  • Laura Dembowski
    Love cherries and bourbon together! I just made a sour cherry pie with some bourbon in it. Bars like this are always so yummy!
    • I so agree, bourbon and cherries together are fabulous! Thank you so much for stopping by, Take care, Terra
  • Susan Pridmore
    OMG these look amazing!!!! I love anything cherries, and it's wonderful with bourbon!!!
  • Susan Pridmore
    OMG these look amazing!!!! I love anything cherries, and it's wonderful with bourbon!!!
  • Hotly Spiced
    Cherries soaked in bourbon sound wonderful. What an amazing looking slice xx
  • BTW - I made your Bourbon Cherry Sipper last week - YUM! It's my kind of drink! I can see how it would work quite well in these crumble bars. I can see sipping a sipper while eating one of these bars. :)
    • I am so excited that you tried the bourbon cherry sipper! Definitely, the bars with the sipper sounds perfect to me!!! Thank you so much:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Tutti Dolci
    Oh cherry + bourbon + crumble?! What perfect bars!