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Sweet Cherry Pie

This sweet cherry pie is always a winner! Thick and sweet cherry filling and buttery flaky crust make one irresistible bite! Plus, I shared 3 tips to avoid runny filling. Read on.

This sweet cherry pie is always a winner! Thick and sweet cherry filling and buttery flaky crust make one irresistible bite! Plus, I shared 3 tips to avoid runny filling. Read on.

This sweet cherry pie is always a winner! Thick and sweet cherry filling and buttery flaky crust make one irresistible bite! Plus, I shared 3 tips to avoid runny filling. Read on.

I’ve said time and time again how much I love pies. Even though I didn’t grow up eating pies (at least not American kinds), my love for pies is deep. And one of my absolute favorites is this sweet cherry pie.

It’s simple, it’s easy and it’s insanely delicious. One slice is never enough!

This sweet cherry pie is always a winner! Thick and sweet cherry filling and buttery flaky crust make one irresistible bite! Plus, I shared 3 tips to avoid runny filling. Read on.

And this recipe is our family’s favorite. The filling is nice and thick, sweet and syrupy (not cloyingly sweet though), and with lots of whole fruits. Canned pie fillings stands absolutely no chance next to this homemade cherry pie filling from scratch.

Just because the filling is from scratch, it doesn’t mean you’ll be slaving over it for hours. In fact, it takes practically no effort on your part. Simply dump frozen or fresh pitted cherries into a saucepan, bring it to a boil, and then add sugar, cornstarch and such, simmer for a bit longer and voila! It’s hard to mess up this cherry pie filling.

3 Tips to Avoid Runny Filling
  1. Don’t forget the cornstarch. It’s the main thickening agent here and omitting it will result in super runny filling.
  2. Lemon juice also helps with thickening the mixture. It’s not as crucial as cornstarch, but let’s just say you’ll notice the difference.
  3. Make sure to simmer the mixture to let it set properly. It usually takes about 5 minutes for me. Don’t forget to give a good stir frequently.

And if you’re afraid of making your own pie dough, you need to read this post, my go-to pie crust recipe. I’ve shared everything I know about perfect pie crusts. And I know you’ll be a master of pie crusts in no time. But if you opt for store-bought version, go on, just don’t tell me about it. 🙂

Oh and as much as I love making pies, I really hate making a lattice. It sure makes an impressive pie, but it also takes an effort, and I don’t have time or patience for it. I just want to bake my pie and eat it!

So if you’re like me, here’s my tip for relatively cute solution… Cut out polka dots using simple piping tip, like this one.

This sweet cherry pie is always a winner! Thick and sweet cherry filling and buttery flaky crust make one irresistible bite! Plus, I shared 3 tips to avoid runny filling. Read on.

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Sweet Cherry Pie

This sweet cherry pie is always a winner! Thick and sweet cherry filling and buttery flaky crust make one irresistible bite! Plus, I shared 3 tips to avoid runny filling. Read on.

Yield: 8 servings


  • pie crust
  • 4 cups pitted sweet cherries, fresh or frozen
  • ½ cup (100gr) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes and frozen
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream


  1. Prepare your favorite pie crust, or as shown here. Divide the dough in half and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Roll out one half into a 10 to 11-inch circle on a floured surface. Transfer onto 9-inch pie dish. Refrigerate the crust in the pan while making the filling.
  3. To make the cherry pie filling, place the cherries (if frozen, no need to thaw in advance) in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together sugar, cornstarch and salt.
  5. Add sugar mixture, vanilla extract, almond extract and lemon juice into the boiling cherries. Mix well.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the cherry mixture stirring frequently until thickened, for 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool for a few minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  8. Bring out the other half of the pie dough and roll out into 9 to 10-inch circle. If desired, cut out small polka dots using a piping tip.
  9. Remove the pie dish with pie crust from the fridge and pour the cherry filling.
  10. Throw in butter cubes in the filling.
  11. Cover the pie with top crust. Crimp the edges however you like. If you didn’t cut out polka dots, make 3 small slits in the crust for steam to escape.
  12. Brush on heavy cream all over the crust. And bake for about 45-50 minutes, or until golden brown.
  13. Let the pie cool completely before serving.
  14. Serve with whipped cream, or better yet with vanilla ice cream.
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This recipe was originally published on September 17th, 2013.

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  1. I made this pie for Thanksgiving Dinner this year and it turned out great! I used sweet, frozen cherries. I also used the recipe for the pie dough. All went well. I agree, you should weigh the flour.Thanks for the recipe!

    Rating: 5
  2. I have made this pie for three Thanksgivings now. It is the first dessert gone and the family calls dibs to get their piece. We just LOVE it!Thank you so much for a great recipe we will always prepare. 

    Rating: 5
  3. This is the best cherry pie I’ve ever eaten.  I also remember have whipped cream with it.  You mentioned using yogurt with the heavy cream but I don’t remember the proportions or when to add the yogurt, sugar and vanilla to the heavy cream.  

  4. I love this recipe. I’ve made it two years in a row for a charity event and it always looks beautiful and tastes delicious. 

    Rating: 5
  5. This is my second year making this recipe. Homemade cherry pie with fresh cherries has been my husband’s favorite since he was a young child. My husband told me this is this best cherry pie he has ever ate. Last year I made four pies. I plan on making four more this year!

    Rating: 5
    • WOW, this is quite a compliment, Georgia! Cherry pie is my husband’s favorite too. I only made one cherry pie so far, but hope it’s not the last. Enjoy your pies!! 😉

  6. I did not boil the fresh cherries prior to baking and this pie was wonderful It took an hour to bake at 350dfor the fresh cherries. I think it was the less amount of sugar that made this wonderful. I froze some cherries and I intend to make it like you did boil the berries first next time because of the frozen cherries. Thanks so much for the recipe I put it in my special recipe book

    Rating: 5
    • Hi, Rebecca. So with fresh cherries, you just mixed the filling ingredients and put it in the pie crust? That sounds so easy, and I’ll have to try that way. Thank you for sharing your way and your feedback. Glad you enjoyed it.

  7. Best ever cherry pie. Thank you for the perfect recipe

    Rating: 5
  8. I just read other comments and would like to respond — I used the regular sized deep dish pie plate and make about four slits in the top crust.   The recipe filled the pie dish, did not bubble over and the filling held together when cut!   The flavors or the pie blended together for a delicious flavor.I bought the six at a time cherry pitter that’s mentioned in one of the comments below at the Bed, Bath & Beyond store.   Works great.

    Rating: 5
    • Thank you SO much for sharing your notes and tips! That six-at-a-time cherry pitter sounds like a game-changer! I have the single-pitter one and I love it!

  9. I followed the recipe exactly and results were DELICIOUS!   Lots of compliments.   This recipe is a keeper and I do not need to look further for another sweet cherry pie recipe.   Thank you

    Rating: 5
  10. Hello,

    I just tried this and the filling bubbled and boiled completely over – any idea what could have happened? I want to try it again, but am hesitant.

  11. Only fills the pie crust half way.

    Rating: 1
    • Hi, Dennis. How big/deep your pie dish is? You actually don’t want to fill the pie dish to the top, it’ll overflow. Hope you at least enjoyed the flavor.

  12. Do you think this pie could be frozen  unbaked?

    • Hi, Kelli. I’ve never tried freezing assembled unbaked pie, so can’t comment on that. But you can prepare the crust and filling and freeze them separately. You can also freeze the baked pie. Just thaw it in the fridge overnight. Hope this helps.

  13. This is the BEST cherry pie ever.  I grew up using sour cherries but not anymore!

    Rating: 5
  14. made this for a friend! I cant eat a lot of cherries but I tried a bit of it and it was wonderful x

    Rating: 5
  15. Have a Question, how do I boil the cherries, I can’t believe just put them in a pan and boil them??? Sounds Delish…

  16. I made this 🍒 pie earlier today. Next time l’ll add a lit’ more sugar, a touch of cinnamon & definitely bake it an extra 30 mins. Thank you for making the directions so easy to follow, my pie thicken up nicely 😉

    Rating: 4
  17. Thank you so much for this recipe!! For whatever reason, I’ve not made a lot of pies in my life and I love to bake! This recipe is just wonderful and my pie is almost too cute to eat! So happy to have this recipe. Thank you for sharing it!

  18. Hi Shinee. I’ll send you the info about my cherry pitter in case I didn’t send it to you correctly before. I bought mine online from Amazon. It is the red one that hold 6 cherries or olives. You just put them in slots inside of gadget and press down with flat hand and they pop right out in container underneath. Just be sure to put them in stem side up. Count the pits to be sure you get them all, of course. It’s very easy and fun to use. It’s called the YouTensils etc. Happy cherry pitting. Mine are always found with 1 cherry that’s moldy! I’m having a hard time getting them fresh so then I have to throw out the whole pound. Do you ever have that problem?

    • Yes, I found that cherry pitter. Thanks so much for the info, Linda! I do come across a bad cherry or two in a bag, but I never throw out the whole bag because of that. Just toss the bad ones, and the rest is good.

  19. Thank you so much for this great recipe. I’m making it tomorrow for the second time, because it is so good. I even purchased a cherry pitter that does a few at a time. It works so well that it’s almost fun to use. My family really likes this recipe. I love sweet cherries and now I have a really good recipe so we all can enjoy them.Thanks again and best of luck to you.

    • Aww, Linda, thanks so much! So happy to hear you’re loving this cherry pie! It’s our family’s favorite too. Please tell me more about your cherry pitter that does more than one at a time! I’m about to buy a case of cherries to freeze. And thank you for your feedback.

  20. Loved the pie tips! And the pie itself looks amazing 🙂

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  22. Made this last night, it came out just like the picture 🙂


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  23. looks like an amazing pie!

  24. Pie looks so yummy. I love crispy pie crust.