Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie Recipe

For some people, apple pie is a favorite. For others, it’s unquestionably cherry pie that rocks their world. I get asked every weekend at the Pitchfork Pie Stand if I have cherry pie. My response is a quick one: “Who’s going to pit all those cherries?!” But cherry pie is bred deeply in the American DNA, and for that, and its bright and cheery appearance, there is a place for it when offering gifts of healing to others.

Cherry Pie Lattice Top

Go for the lattice top on this cherry pie. Those cherries will look so pretty poking out from underneath with all their messy, delicious-looking juice oozing out.–Beth M. Howard

LC Tastes Like Cherries Note

We heard a lot of resoundingly righteous things about this cherry pie recipe. But our favorite comment has to be, “This pie tastes simple. Like cherries.” Because that’s exactly what we’re seeking in a cherry pie. Save your almond extract and your lemon for another recipe as you won’t need them here. And as for those all-too-common complaints of cherry pie filling slumping and leaking? You’ll find none of that here either. Just cherries. Just as God intended.

Cherry Pie Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 3 H
  • Makes one 9-inch pie


  • For the crust
  • Pastry dough for double-crust pie
  • For the filling
  • 5 to 6 cups pitted cherries (any variety, fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons instant tapioca or 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten


  • Make the crust
  • 1. Prepare the pie dough and carefully fit it into a 9-inch pie plate.
  • Make the filling
  • 2. In a large bowl, toss together the cherries (if using frozen cherries, they should be unthawed), sugar, tapioca or cornstarch, and salt. (If your cherries are quite sweet, use 1/2 cup sugar; if your cherries are quite tart, use 1 cup sugar; if your cherries are just right, use 3/4 cup sugar, and if you are in doubt, use 3/4 cup sugar.) Let the cherry mixture sit for about 20 minutes if using fresh cherries, 60 minutes if using frozen cherries.
  • 3. If your cherries are exceptionally juicy, turn the mixture into a saucepan and gently simmer, stirring almost constantly, until the juices have thickened considerably, about 7 minutes.
  • Assemble the cherry pie
  • 4. Dump the cherry filling into the crust-lined pie plate. Strew the butter evenly over the filling and then carefully drape the top crust over the top or make a lattice crust. Trim and crimp the pastry edges, lightly brush the entire surface of the pastry with beaten egg, and, if not using a lattice crust, poke several vent holes in the top crust. Place the pie on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.
  • 5. Bake the cherry pie at 425°F (220°C) for 15 minutes. Turn the oven down to 375°F (190°C) and bake until bubbling, at least another 30 minutes (and longer if you’re using frozen cherries). Let the pie cool slightly before slicing and serving.
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Recipe Testers Reviews

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Elie Nassar

Jul 02, 2014

This is a lovely, simple cherry pie recipe. I love that it has no frills or fancy ingredients. The filling is just cherries and sugar—not even a vanilla seed in sight, let alone stuff like almond extract, lemon juice, or zest. We took this to a barbecue at a neighbor's house and everyone loved it, as did I. A mildly sweet pie crust worked perfectly with the full-flavored cherry filling. I used frozen black cherries and followed the instructions to let them sit longer and to bake the pie longer. The frozen cherries were not tart, so I used 3/4 cup sugar and the end result was perfect. (I got several compliments regarding how not cloyingly sweet the pie tasted.) The frozen cherries worked great in the filling and retained a firm texture that popped and contrasted with the flaky, buttery crust. I used a 9-inch regular (not deep dish) pie plate. It worked well, even though I got a bit of boil over from the filling. Somehow that made the pie even more attractive, if messy. It's really important to put the pie on a rimmed baking sheet so that it catches any juices. I can almost guarantee that you would make a mess in the oven if you do not. The recipe says to make a lattice as a variation and that's what I chose to do.

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Beth Price

Jul 02, 2014

I've always suffered from a soggy bottom and a loose middle. My pies, that is, not my figure. (Well, on second thought, maybe both.) Until now. This simple pie has changed my pie baking. I used two 16-ounce bags frozen cherries. I brought them to room temperature so that I could gauge their sweetness. As they were quite lovely as they were, I only added 1/2 cup sugar along with the cornstarch and salt. I baked the pie longer than the time specified as I wanted to make sure that the filling was bubbly and the cornstarch was working its thickening magic. Due to the increased time in the oven, the edges of my pie were getting a tad brown, so I took a square of aluminum foil, cut a circle out of the center, and wrapped the frame of foil around the edges of the pie to serve as a pie shield. Voilà! Cool, cut, and feel victorious. Then head for the gym.

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Sita Krishnaswamy

Jul 02, 2014

The summer's stone fruit bounty is a favorite in our household, and the next best thing to eating them out of hand is eating them in cherry pie. This amazingly simple and delicious recipe allows you to indulge, even on short notice.

My cherries were very tart, so I used 1 cup sugar. Since the fruit was very juicy, I opted to cook the filling to thicken it as I didn’t want a mess in the oven. This took about 7 minutes until it was thickened and bubbly. I used a 9-inch deep dish pie pan and made a lattice topping for the top layer. I then placed the assembled pie on a rimmed, foil-lined baking sheet. The oven rack was in the middle position. I baked it and took it out of the oven and let it cool for about 2 hours.

The pie crust was nice and crisp, including the bottom. The sweetness of the pie filling was just right and the lattice crust made it look very appealing. I decided to skip dinner and treat myself to a piece of pie. This will be a family favorite.

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Adrienne Lee

Jul 02, 2014

This is a basic cherry pie recipe that's easy to make, and the taste is good. Because the recipe is so basic, your cherries need to be as good as they can be. I used organic frozen cherries because I didn't want to deal with pitting the stone fruits. I used between 5 and 6 cups cherries, and everything fit in a 9-inch pie pan. I used a little less sugar than the recipe specified, and it was just fine. My cherries were fairly thawed by the time I got home, but I let them sit in the tapioca mixture for 45 minutes, and they were ready by that time.

There are many recipes like this one that call for a pat of butter. I usually forgo it to save the calories and put more butter in the crust, but you can definitely taste the butter, and it does add something to the filling. For me, I think the flavor could be amped up. I prefer to add almond extract rather than a pat of butter. I will often have a crumb topping that includes cinnamon or almonds. This is a good basic recipe, though, and I could see using it as a jumping-off point to make your own with other flavorings and add-ins.

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Mike S.

Jul 02, 2014

This cherry pie turned out really nice. I used a a regular 9-inch pie plate for the pie along with 5 cups cherries (a mixture of Bing and Rainier). You could probably squeeze in an additional cup cherries, even without using a deep-dish pan. The cherries took about 20 minutes of time to pit, which I did at a leisurely pace while watching TV. They weren’t overly sweet, so I used a full cup sugar. I used the tapioca flour, which I thought worked nicely. I baked the pie at the higher setting for 18 minutes, and then at the lower temperature for 30 minutes and ended up with a golden brown crust, with the edges being slightly darker. The pie came out just a touch sweet for my taste, and I most likely would not use the full cup sugar in the future unless I'm using the full 6 cups fruit.

  1. michelle says:

    This may be a silly question but the recipe calls for “unthawed” cherries if using frozen, but then all of the reviews seem to imply that they thawed the cherries. Does this make a difference?

    • Beth Price says:

      Hi Michelle, you can use frozen cherries and it will be fine. I actually let mine thaw a bit before using them just because I wanted to gauge the sweetness before I added sugar.

  2. yvonne says:

    Would it be possible to use the Shortcut Pie Crust for this pie? The recipe sounds too good to use store-bought pie crust.

  3. Wow! Just… wow! That lattice top crust is perfection! I made a cherry pie once, but the filling called for so much vanilla extract that it ended up tasting almost fake because that vanilla was overkill. I need to try this to make up for that first, sad attempt ;)

  4. dina says:

    it looks gorgeous!

  5. Simply perfect!

  6. Jean Denham says:

    This is the most wonderful pie porn I’ve ever seen!! As a retired chef, if I didn’t detest baking/pastry so much, I’d make this in a minute. Will copy the recipe and find a pastry schmuck to make it for us. Absolutely beautiful!!!

  7. I have pie crust envy. That is the most perfect lattice I think I’ve ever seen.

  8. Ice man says:

    Add a few dried cherries and this pie ROCKS. They take up some extra juice.

  9. Susan Bacon says:

    I know this should be obvious but where does the pinch of salt go Is it in with the cherries or on top of the pie crust for a sparkling look?

    • Renee Schettler Rossi says:

      Susan, if you look at the instructions for the filling, you’ll see that the pinch of salt is added along with everything else. Sometimes a little salty helps to bring out the sweet! As for that sparkling look, please don’t use salt sprinkled on top of the pie. I think you and everyone else will be much more pleased if you sprinkle a touch of granulated sugar over the crust instead.

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