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20+ Grandma’s Favourite Cherry Desserts

Pies, cobblers, cakes and more—Grandma’s favourite cherry desserts are a revival of simpler days, amazing flavours and time well spent in the kitchen.

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Macaroon Cherry Pie

“I use homegrown cherries in this bountiful pie with its unique crunchy coconut topping. But I’ve found that purchased tart cherries yield a dessert that’s nearly as delicious. I always bake this pie around Presidents Day or Valentine’s Day, but it’s popular with my family in any season.” —Lori Daniels, Beverly, West Virginia

Get the recipe for Macaroon Cherry Pie.

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Amaretto Cherries with Dumplings

“You can’t beat the combination of almond flavour with cherries. These light and fluffy dumplings are heavenly. Topped with the sauce and ice cream, it makes for a scrumptious dessert.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Get the recipe for Amaretto Cherries with Dumplings.

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Cherry Plum Slab Pie with Walnut Streusel

“I love to make desserts with fruit all summer, and this cherry slab pie is wonderful because you can quickly make it for a crowd. The crumbly, nutty streusel is perfect with fruit. You can make your own pastry or use store-bought pie crust.” —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

Get the recipe for Cherry Plum Slab Pie with Walnut Streusel.

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Dutch Oven Chocolate Dump Cake

“Looking for a quick dessert that will make people think you spent all day in the kitchen? This Dutch oven dump cake will wow your guests. Feel free to use your favourite pie filling in place of cherry.” —Rashanda Cobbins, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Get the recipe for Dutch Oven Chocolate Dump Cake.

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Cherry Pudding Cake

“A cross between a cake and a cobbler, this dessert is a hit whenever I make it to share at a potluck. My family insists I make an extra batch to leave at home. A neighbour shared the recipe over 30 years ago.” —Brenda Parker, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Get the recipe for Cherry Pudding Cake.

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Homemade Cherry Crisp

Homemade Cherry Crisp

“Our family loves this pretty, tasty dessert. It uses convenient pie filling, so you can make it in no time—and it takes mere minutes to heat in the microwave.” —Laurie Todd, Columbus, Mississippi

Get the recipe for Homemade Cherry Crisp.

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Cherry Hand Pies

“There’s nothing better than a sweet, from-scratch delight like traditional cherry pie. These precious little hand pies always go fast when I sell them at my pie bakery!” —Allison Cebulla, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Get the recipe for Cherry Hand Pies.

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Cherry Rhubarb Crunch

Cherry Rhubarb Crunch

“My husband’s grandmother gave me this recipe, along with a bundle of rhubarb, when we were first married. I had never cared for rhubarb, but after trying this dessert, I changed my mind. Now my children dig in, too!” —Sharon Wasikowski, Middleville, Michigan

Get the recipe for Cherry Rhubarb Crunch.

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Cherry Upside-Down Bread Pudding

Cherry Upside-Down Bread Pudding

“I’ve always loved bread pudding, and I enjoy fixing this for my family on a chilly day. You could use a different flavour of pie filling and omit the chocolate chips to make a completely different dessert. It’s always delicious!” —Ronna Farley, Rockville, Maryland

Get the recipe for Cherry Upside-Down Bread Pudding.

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Fresh Cherry Pie

“If you’re looking to learn how to make a cherry pie, this recipe is the place to start. This ruby-red cherry pie is just sweet enough, with a hint of almond flavour and a good level of cinnamon. The cherries peeking out of the lattice crust makes it so pretty, too. I like to make a few of these cherry pies throughout the summer.” —Josie Bochek, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Get the recipe for Fresh Cherry Pie.

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Cherry Bounce

Cherry Bounce

“Smooth and with the fragrant flavour of sweet cherries, this homemade cherry bounce makes a wonderful holiday gift. For an additional treat, the drained cherries are delicious over vanilla ice cream.” —Matt Warren, Mequon, Wisconsin

Get the recipe for Cherry Bounce.

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Cherry Chocolate Nut Cookies

Cherry Chocolate Nut Cookies

“Each Christmas, I make about 600 cookies to share with family and friends. The holidays wouldn’t be the same without several batches of these colourful goodies.” —Sybil Brown, Highland, California

Get the recipe for Cherry Chocolate Nut Cookies.

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Slow-Cooker Cherry Pear Buckle

Slow-Cooker Cherry Pear Buckle

“I added pears to my cherry cobbler recipe to create this delightful slow-cooked buckle. You could also add fresh summer plums and berries to your cherries. You’ll love this old-fashioned and pretty dessert.” —Mary Anne Thygesen, Portland, Oregon

Get the recipe for Slow-Cooker Cherry Pear Buckle.

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Chocolate Chip-Cherry Chunk Cookies

“My grandmas and mom created this recipe with chocolate chips, cherries and spices, a combo of their favourite parts of different cookies. Then dad made ice cream to turn them into ice cream sandwiches. We’d eat these sandwiches in the summer heat, each bite cooling us as the ice cream melted down our arms.” —Wade Rouse, Fennville, Michigan.

Get the recipe for Chocolate Chip-Cherry Chunk Cookies.

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Cherry and Chocolate Ice Cream Pie

Cherry and Chocolate Ice Cream Pie

“We took cherry pie to a whole new level as a frozen treat. With a luscious layer of chocolate fudge inside, this is one impressive pie.” —Scarlett Elrod, Newnan, Georgia

Get the recipe for Cherry and Chocolate Ice Cream Pie.

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Cinnamon Roll Cherry Cobbler

Cinnamon Roll Cherry Cobbler

“Red Hots and canned cherries flavour this memorable dessert from my childhood. I hadn’t had it in years, so when I found my mother’s recipe, I had to make it to see if it’s as good as I remembered. It is!” —Betty Zorn, Eagle, Idaho

Get the recipe for Cinnamon Roll Cherry Cobbler.

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Bing Cherry-Amaretti Fool

“When Bing cherries are in season, I make this fruity custard-style fool. The sweet cherries and whipped cream balance perfectly with the sour cream.” —Mary Ann Lee, Clifton Park, New York

Get the recipe for Bing Cherry-Amaretti Fool.

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Rhubarb Cherry Pie

“As a young girl, I dreamed of being able to make pies like my mother. (Her rolling pin, which I inherited, was 2 ft. long and 8 in. wide!) In fact, this is Mom’s rhubarb strawberry pie recipe with cherries instead. I first made this pie for a church gathering 20 years ago—ever since, everyone’s looked for it at every potluck!” —Eunice Hurt, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Get the recipe for Rhubarb Cherry Pie.

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Cherry Cheese Blintzes

“These elegant blintzes can be served as an attractive dessert or a brunch entree. The bright cherry sauce gives them a delightful flavour. I sometimes substitute other fruits, such as raspberries, blueberries or peaches.” —Jessica Vantrease, Anderson, Alaska

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Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

“These little cheesecakes make a fun dessert that’s just right for cooks who don’t have a lot of time for fussy recipes. Plus, you get to eat the whole thing yourself!” —Kay Keller, Morenci, Michigan

Get the recipe for Mini Cherry Cheesecakes.

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Cherry-Peach Dumplings

“You can make this fruity dessert on your stovetop, but to really impress your guests, simmer it in an electric skillet right at the dinner table. There’s no more convenient way to enjoy the fruits of the season.” —Patricia Frerk, Syracuse, New York

Get the recipe for Cherry-Peach Dumplings.

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