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Cherry Pie Filling

Cherry Pie Filling Recipe by Katie Crafts;

Recipe: Cherry Pie Filling

A few weeks ago, I stole a good amount of sour cherries from my Dad’s cherry tree. I put them to great use last weekend when I made homemade cherry pie filling for some cherry tarts! Next week, I will share the very easy no-bake recipe for those, but today it’s all about the filling!

Fact: I don’t like cherries. I never order cherry pie or cherry flavored things, but I wanted to make a red, white and blue dessert for 4th of July and I really wanted to use Dad’s fresh cherries to do it. When I tried the filling, I just about died. It’s so delicious! Turns out I do like cherries, but only if they are fresh! I hope you’ll love this recipe too!


  • 6 cups of pitted tart cherries
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup granulated white sugar



Before you begin, pit your cherries! This part was time consuming, extremely messy (we’re talking cherry juice flying every which way!- wear gloves!!), but pretty easy to do. You just push a disposable straw through the top of the cherry and pop the pit out of the bottom. Easy peasy.

  • Add ALL of your ingredients to a large pot on medium heat. Stir together.
It looks so gross in the beginning!
  • Bring to boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes until thickened. STIR CONSTANTLY, making sure it doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pan.
Ahh, turning into a nice syrupy mix now!
  • Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  • Enjoy the most wonderful cherry pie filling you’ve ever had!

Cherry Pie Filling Recipe by Katie Crafts;


  • Refrigerating the filling will turn it into a gelatinous jelly mass, which is totally fine but looks gross. Simply reheat in a pan over medium heat until the filling is back to a syrupy consistency. Then bring it back to room temp before using.
  • There is cornstarch in this recipe, so it cannot be frozen.

What is your favorite cherry recipe?

2 thoughts on “Cherry Pie Filling

  1. Yum, Katie this is delicious!!

  2. I love cherries! Fresh or used in cooking 🙂 The pie looks yummy!

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