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These cherry recipes highlight the best ideas for using dried, canned or fresh cherries! They’re perfect in desserts, breakfasts and snacks.

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Got cherries? Cherries are one of the most versatile fruits to use in your cooking, as you can find them dried, fresh or canned! They also work in recipes of all kinds: they’re not just for desserts! Cherries are the perfect addition to breakfasts and snacks, too. Over here, our very favorite way to eat cherries is dried tart cherries by the handful!

Here are all the best cherry recipes to use this versatile ingredient: whether it’s dried, fresh, frozen or canned! Try our favorite baked oatmeal for breakfast, energy bars for snacks, and of course a chocolate cherry tart for dessert (because who can’t resist that winning combination?). Ready to get cooking?

And now…our top cherry recipes to try!

Cherries nutrition benefits

Why add cherries to your life? This fruit packs lots of good stuff. Of course, if you’re using them in a dessert you’re offsetting the benefits with sugar and carbs! So make sure to use healthful preparations for cherries on a regular basis, and keep desserts for occasional treats. Here are some benefits of cherries (source):

  • Cherries are rich in anti-oxidants and can help reduce inflammation, which promotes overall health.
  • Cherries may help in exercise recovery. Research may suggest that cherry juice can help with muscle recovery and soreness (source).
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Cherry Crisp Recipe

15 Tasty Cherry Recipes: Crisp & More!

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


This cherry crisp recipe is the fruit dessert of your dreams! The pan of sweet tangy cherries is topped with cinnamon-spiced buttery crumbles.


  • 5 cups pitted sweet cherries (1 3/4 pounds)*
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon (or ¼ teaspoon orange zest)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup Old Fashioned rolled oats**
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour (or almond flour for gluten-free)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Optional: ground cardamom (¼ teaspoon in the crisp or for serving)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 tablespoons cold salted butter (or coconut oil or vegan butter for vegan)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Pit the cherries. In a medium bowl, mix them with the granulated sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest and vanilla extract in a bowl, then pour the filling into a round 9-inch pie pan, 9 x 9 inch baking dish or 7 x 11 baking dish.
  3. In another medium bowl, mix together the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and kosher salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and then use your hands to mix it into the oats until fully distributed and there are no more dry crumbs. It may take a while so be patient; you can also use a fork or pastry cutter if you prefer. (If using coconut oil, it can be room temperature; use the same method to add it.) Break the dough into crumbles with your fingers and place them in an even layer on top of the cherries.
  4. Bake: Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until the top is evenly golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Cool for 30 minutes to 1 hour, then serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers up to 3 days (reheat to room temperature if desired). This crumble also freezes well for several months in a sealed container; reheat it in a 350 degree oven until bubbly and the topping is crisp.


*Frozen cherries work too. If using tart cherries instead of sweet, add a few more tablespoons sugar to the filling, to taste. Canned cherries also work; it’s best if they are packed in water and unsweetened. We don’t suggest using cherry pie filling here because it has an artificially sweet flavor. One 15-ounce can of cherries has about 2 cups of cherries, so you’ll need 2 ½ cans for this recipe.

**If desired, you can add ¼ to ½ cup chopped pecans, walnuts or almonds to the topping.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Dessert
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!