This homemade cherry pie is my second favorite pie after apple pie, and it’s the best recipe out there. Trust me, I’ve tried quite a few. It has no fancy ingredients, and it tastes divine and homey. Once you’ve pitted the cherries, the hard work is behind you and all that’s left is mixing the ingredients together.
I use my pie dough recipe for almost all my pies. It’s a classic recipe for a flaky, buttery dough that’s simply delicious. Read my tips on how to make a homemade pie crust here.
- How to Pit Cherries? If you don’t have a cherry pitter, read about other tricks here and choose your favorite one. I use a small round tip and it works like a charm.
- Fresh or Frozen Cherries? I always prefer using fresh cherries for the best flavor and texture, but if you can’t, use thawed frozen cherries or a canned jar and drain the juices well.
- What kind of Cherries? For this cherry pie filling recipe, you can use either sweet cherries for a sweet cherry pie or tart cherries for a sour cherry pie. As you’ll see in the recipe, the only difference between them is the amount of sugar and lemon juice.
Adjust the sugar to your taste. I use 1 cup for sour cherries and ¾ cup for sweet cherries. Once all the ingredients for the filling are mixed, you can taste it and decide if you want to add more sugar.
Serve each slice with whipped cream or ice cream for the ultimate treat.
More Cherry Recipe:
- one recipe double-crust pie dough
- 5 cups stemmed and pitted fresh dark sweet or sour cherries (that's about 2 pounds whole unpitted cherries)
- 3/4 cup (150 g) granulated sugar for sweet cherries, or 1 cup (200 g) for sour cherries
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice for sweet cherries , or 1½ teaspoons for sour cherries
- Grated zest from 1/2 lemon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon Kirsch , optional
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter , cut into mini cubes
- Cream or milk , for brushing the top crust
- Coarse or granulated sugar , for sprinkling
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Thalia @ butter and brioche
cherry pie is my favourite! i adore these photos – especially with all that juicy cherry insides! just lovely Xx
Thank you so much, Thalia! xx
Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire
This pie came out just incredibly! Love all the tips, I will use them as I work on my pie skills this summer!
Claudia | The Brick Kitchen
That juicy cherry filling looks outrageously delicious – and your crust is perfect! I’ve never made a proper fruit pie and this really makes me feel like I should get onto that… so gorgeous!
Thank you so much, Claudia! It takes practice but it’s worth it 🙂
Don’t you mean pitted cherries? Unpitted cherries have pitts in them.
You need to use 5 cups of unpitted cherries. If you want to weigh them before pitting them or when buying them in the store, then you need about 2 pounds.
Can this be stored in the fridge be for cooking?
Hi William, you’ll need to bake it right away. You can keep it in the fridge after baking.
do you drain the sour cherries after pitting them
I don’t drain the cherries.
? If you are using canned cherries you say to drain them. Why wouldn’t you drain them if using fresh also?
Fresh cherries will give out lovely cherry juice and the cornstarch turns that into a sauce for the pie. Canned cherries are likely in syrup.
can you still use canned cherries though?
hey. i was wondering if you need to make the filling over the stove or just combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl?
Hi Claudia, detailed info can be found in the recipe instructions. You just need to mix the ingredients without using the stove.
This looks stunning! So beautiful!
I made this pie recipe yesterday and it was amazing. I have never made a pie before so this was my first attempt. This recipe was really easy! No cooking the pie filling on the stove or anything like that. Just toss the pie filling in the pie crust and bake! Very easy!
Should i cut the cherries in half if they are large. they just seem big for the filling
Usually there’s no need to cut them, but if you think they’re too big, you can cut them in half.
Can this pie be frozen first and then baked later?
Hi Linda, I recommend freezing the dough and filling separately. You can roll out the pie dough, place in the pan, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze. Then make the filling, place in an airtight container and freeze. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using.
The pie looks wonderful. How deep is your pie pan?
Mine is about 2-inch deep.
I made this for my boyfriend’s birthday “cake” and it came out amazing! I’m not a baker at all, but this recipe was easy to follow and came out perfectly. Now we’re thinking of all the other pies we want to make!
Larissa S With
If using frozen cherries, which do you prefer.. the sweet or the sour? It’s hard to find cherries this time of year that won’t cost an arm and a leg!
Both options are delicious, so just choose your favorite.
I’m the type of cook that try’s to follow a recipe to the letter. I am unable to find fresh cherries only frozen. So my first question is can I use frozen and I am assuming that I need to thaw them out completely and drain all the excess liquid? Next I found frozen mixed sweet and tart cherries….is this something that would work?
Hi Pam, fresh cherries are my favorite but if aren’t available, use thawed frozen cherries or a canned jar and drain the juices well. You can use a mix of sweet and sour cherries, and use 3/4 to 1 cup sugar depending on the sweetness you like. I prefer it sweet so I’d use 1 cup.
If you want the pie warm do you still let it cook for 4 hours and then reheat or can you just serve it from the oven? If reheat then what temperature etc? Thanks
Hi Elaine, let the pie cool completely first so it will set, then reheat it right before serving. To reheat the entire pie, warm it in the oven at 350°F for several minutes until warm (the warm filling can be quite soft when you cut the pie into pieces). You can reheat individual slices in the microwave for several seconds.
Wow this pie looks amazing! I’m going to make this pie for this upcoming thanksgiving 2018 along with an apple and pumpkin pie. Yum I cannot wait! Thank you for sharing your awesome recipes. I’m leaving 5 stars now because I know this will come out great!!
Excited to try this recipe out! Cherry pie is my aunts absolute favorite and I only just found out! I’ve been in charge of the pies every Thanksgiving so I feel like I just HAVE to make this for her! My question is regarding the frozen cherries.m, as that’s all available to me right now..would you still say 5 cups of frozen cherries or does them being frozen change the amount at all?
Hi Brittani! Use an equal amount of frozen cherries, thawed until softened (if there’s a lot of cherry juice after thawing, you can add some of it to the filling, about 1/4 cup, and drain the rest). I hope you enjoy it!
I have this pie cooking as we speak. I made it for Easter and the family loved it, so adding it to my pie choices this Thanksgiving also.
Hello! I am in Denver and I will be making this with your homemade pie crust for Thanksgiving! Does any of the recipe change for high altitude? I got all-purpose flour…
Hi Roni, I’m sorry but I don’t have experience baking in high altitude.
Roni I am in Denver too and made this recipe as is and it came out great! The high altitude baking (in my experience doesn’t really affect pies, just cakes and cookies. 🙂
I made this for Thanksgiving yesterday. I used frozen cherries. Unfortunately, I failed to see the “thaw and drain” so I had a beautifully latticed cherry soup. I’ll have to withhold rating until I’ve tried again.
Same. I didn’t thaw and drain. And my husband thinks it’s undercooked, and he bakes more than I do so he’s probably right lol.
Can you explain why you don’t need to blind bake the bottom crust? I trust your judgment because the recipe & pics look spot-on, but I’ve learned to blind bake my bottom crusts for apple pie , otherwise it comes out underbaked. I want to try your cherry pie recipe as is, but I’m curious how you get it perfectly baked
Hi Josh, I like to prebake the crust for single crust pies. I don’t do this for apple pies or other pies with crust on top.
Great recipe, turned out perfectly 🙂
Thank you Shiran! I’m not a baker, but had the mad idea that I wanted to make a cherry pie for the family and found this recipe which worked perfectly. We’re in NZ so cherries are in season (still expensive at $30 for the kg needed). There were no surprises, and even this novice turned out a perfect pie which looked like the pictures here and tasted amazing. We are all sitting here chocka-block with cherry pie.
this is the first time I ever made a pie and it turned out perfectly, your instructions are very clear, thank you
Made this pie yesterday, but the inside was very liquid after it was cooked, even after letting it set for several hours. I used fresh cherries. Were they just too juicy? I cooked it according to the recipe.
Hi Theqom, even if the cherries were juicy, the cornstarch should thicken it, so make sure to measure it correctly or add another tablespoon next time, and chill it overnight in the fridge.
Where can I purchase cherries? Everyone wants to sell me pie filling!
Would it be possible to assemble the pie and freeze it to bake at a later date? I’m doing a pie bar st my wedding instead of a cake and I love to make pies so I really wanted to make most of them my self it just takes so much time.
Fresh pie is the best, but here are my freezing instructions: The pie dough can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the freezer.You can also make the filling and freeze it, then thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using. Or, you can freeze the baked pie and thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
I’m in the process of making this pie which sounds most appetizing. You didn’t include in your instructions what/how to do with the corn starch (thickener). I’m using Arrowroot instead as my preference. I’m thinking you need to add some water to the thickener and slowly add to the entire cherry mixture. Should this be done over heat to make a reduction or just mix it in until the mixture thickens?
Hi Joe. I don’t have any experience baking with arrowroot, sorry. When to add the cornstarch is included in the instructions.
I made this pie last night. After making pies for over 40 years, my husband said this is the best pie I have ever made. The flavour was awesome. I don’t know if it was the lemon rind or the kirsch but it is definitely fabulous.
I normally follow a recipe the first time, and then in 99.9% of recipes, I tweak this or that. THIS pie was utterly brilliant, as is. It’s the only cherry pie I’ve ever made that is going to move me to buy a cherry pitter. WOW – well done.
Wow I just made the pie, it tastes ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! Such an easy recipe as well. Highly recommend!!
This was my first ever cherry pie, and it was lovely. The crust was amazing, the pie was delicious. I added a pinch of cinnamon, but otherwise followed the recipe. I was thrilled when I cut into it and it was firm. Thank you for your easy to follow instructions!
Worked so well!! Used store bought pie crust with lattice! Family loved it
I made this, and it ended up with way too much juice. Did I maybe add too many cherries? I used frozen?
Shiran, Really like the pictures of your cherry pie — anxious to try this recipe. I’m not into baking, but have my taster set to try your cherry pie.
Your recipe describes “steamed cherries” . What is the purpose of steaming, and how is this done??
Sorry for my lack of baking knowledge, but my wife did all the baking in the past, and now with her dementia I’ve taken over the task.
Thank you, Gene 🙂 All you need to do is removing the stem from the cherry, and not steaming.
Can you refrigerate and/or freeze the cherry pie filling before using it? If so, how long will it last in the refrigerator or freezer? How long should it thaw afterwards? Thank you!
Yes! Place it in an airtight container in the refrigerator/freezer. If freezing, thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using. The sooner you use it, the better. I would keep it for up to 3 days in the fridge, if it’s longer than that, place in the freezer.
First time. Followed every step for perfect result. Absolutely delicious!
Hello, do you blind bake the crust first?
This is the most amazing pie I have ever done. Thanks a lot for all your recipes, I’m your big fan 🙂
Thank you so much, Andrea! 🙂
I don’t live in a country with lots of cherries available, but found some black tinned ones going cheap and bought a bunch. I was wondering what to do with them, when I remembered Twin Peaks, and Google gave me your recipe, amongst many others. I chose yours because the instructions made sense, and the quantities and amounts were translateable easily into metric, and off I went into my lockdown baking frenzy.
I used three tins of cherries, which turned out to be too much. Two 425 gram tins would work just fine with my pie dish size. My first near blunder was to dump corn flour straight into the hot syrup, but fortunately it clumped straight up and I was able to fish it out and start again, dissolving the corn flour in cold water. The cherries gelled straight up, ready to dump into the pie casing.
The dough was reasonably easy, given ‘d stripped the gears in our ancient food processor by dropping a spoon into it, and had just received a new one. Your recipe turned out a perfect pastry. I used plain shortening. There was enough left over to make six small mince pies, good timing as it’s just past mid winter and for once they’ll be “in season” rather than being eaten in mid summer.
My second blunder was to ignore the step about reducing the temperature after 15 minutes, so my edges were extra brown, but not quite black after 40 minutes.
Despite all this, the two recipes – pastry and pie, worked like a charm. It’s the best cherry pie I’ve ever tasted, and my wife agrees! I’m going to stock up on tins of cherries while they’re still available, less than $1-00 a tin. Normally they’re two or three times that.
Thanks – I’ll be doing this again and again (depending how many tins I can nab), and I’ll be giving the pecan nut pie a go as soon as I can crack two and a half cup fulls!
Only one small problem. The filling rose quite a lot during baking and started pouring out, it wasn’t such a big deal, but maybe I can look out for something next time? I don’t think I put too much filling in, but maybe you can give me a tip, perhaps I did put too much although it didn’t seem so? Thanks for the recipe! Cheers!
It could be that the oven temperature was too hot or that the pan wasn’t tall enough. But if the end result was fine, then it’s not an issue 🙂 Sometimes it happens and can look rustic and pretty. I’m glad you still liked it!
Being in lockdown during Covid-19, this brings a lot of joy when making it and eating it! So good! Cheers Shiran
Thank you so much!
Further in the recipe you say add vanilla extract and Kirsch. How mush vanilla?
What is Kirsch? and how mush?
The quantities are listed in the ingredient list above the instructions 🙂
I see you used a metal pan ? Does it make a difference if I use a regular deep glass dish to bake it ? My pie bottoms often up up soggy and wondered if the metal helps?
You can use any dish you have 🙂 A glass dish is great.
Hi 🙂 Could you please tell me what exactly happens in step 3? “Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place in the lower third of the oven.” What goes on that baking sheet? Should I place the pie pan on it in step 5? (PS: really excited to make this! I discovered your blog when trying to make chocolate babka and I was so happy with how it turned out!)
Exactly 🙂 Place the pie on the prepared baking sheet and bake!
During the lockdown, I tried my hand at baking my very first pie (evah!) using this recipe…and I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am! It was so delicious that it gave me the confidence to try other new things; things that I used to think were too complicated for me. Absolutely love all of your recipes that I’ve tried so far – just baked the caramel apple pie today and it looks brill. 😍
If some of you want to have a crusted under dough for the pie i have a trick that we use here in France. Almond powder and flour on top of the mold and on the dough before putting the cherrys. It will take the humidity and it will be super crusty 😊
I have tried so many of your recipes multiple times and every single recipe turns out great. Your page is my go to recipe now
Hi Saara, thank you so much! That is so kind of you and so great to hear 🙂
Hi, this recipe looks delicious and I am going to be making it this weekend, I am just a little unsure what step 3 is for and why you line a baking sheet with Parchment paper if the pie is baked in the pie dish? Please could you clarify 🙂
Talia @ Pretty. Simple. Sweet.
Hi Selina! Great question. The parchment paper on the baking sheet is simply to catch any drips from the pie filling as it bakes. Otherwise, the drippings would fall to the bottom of the oven and not only make a mess, but would burn and cause smoke to fill the oven.
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