Tart Cherry Sauce


Drizzle this Tart Cherry Sauce atop any dessert, from ice cream to cake to brownies, for a simple upgrade. Simmer the fruit to release the cherry juice, stir in fruit liqueur, and thicken to bring this 15-minute dessert sauce to life.

Tart Cherry Sauce
Photo: Blaine Moats
Total Time:
15 mins
2 cups


  • ½ cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch

  • ½ cup water

  • 2 cup fresh or frozen pitted tart cherries

  • 1 tablespoon orange or cherry liqueur, cherry brandy, or orange juice

  • Few drops red food coloring (optional)


  1. In a medium saucepan stir together sugar and cornstarch; stir in water. Add cherries. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat.

  2. Stir in liqueur and, if desired, food coloring. Serve warm or cooled to room temperature. (Cover and chill any leftovers for up to 3 days.)

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

40 Calories
10g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Calories 40
% Daily Value *
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Total Sugars 8g
Vitamin C 1.8mg 9%
Potassium 34mg 1%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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