Easy Homemade Cherry Pie

How to make cherry pie from scratch with a lightly sweetened filling of fresh (or frozen) cherries, vanilla, and almond extract. It’s to die for. Jump to the Homemade Cherry Pie Recipe

Easy Homemade Cherry Pie

How to Make Homemade Cherry Pie

This cherry pie recipe is so easy — All you need to do is mix, fill and bake. The hardest part is pitting the cherries. For that, you might want to buy a cherry pitter or if you’re like us, cheat and use one of our suggestions below for how to pit cherries without a cherry pitter.

How to Make Homemade Cherry Pie

Stir cherries with sugar, corn starch, lemon juice, vanilla and almond extracts then stir. Roll out a pie crust (or use store-bought), fill then top with another crust. Bake and cool. It’s that easy.

To be honest, the hardest part is actually waiting for the pie to cool — you really want to wait 2 to 3 hours before cutting into the pie. We know — it’s torture!

Using Sweet or Tart Cherries

As far as the cherries go, we like to use fresh cherries, but if you need to, use thawed frozen or canned/jarred cherries. (We share notes for both options in the recipe below). Both sweet and tart cherries will work well in this pie. We usually use sweet because fresh tart cherries are almost impossible to find where we live. No matter which you use, be sure to check for how sweet they are then adjust the sugar accordingly. We love serving each slice with freshly whipped cream, but ice cream would be divine.

How to Pit Cherries Without a Cherry Pitter

We have a small kitchen. That means that we only buy what we need on a weekly basis and while we would love to eat a slice of this cherry pie every night  that just can’t happen. So, we don’t have a cherry pitter in the house. That didn’t stop us, though. We just looked around and figured out two ways to pit cherries without a cherry pitter.

How to Pit Cherries Without a Cherry Pitter

On the top, you’ll see we used a chopstick. We used the thicker round end to push the pit out of each cherry. The second option was to use a small piping tip. Place it onto the work surface then push the cherry down onto the tip — the pit pops right out. Of the two, we preferred using chopsticks. Both work, but the chopsticks were a little less messy.

Recipe updated, originally posted May 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Easy Homemade Cherry Pie

  • PREP
  • COOK

Making cherry pie is easy – all you need is a little patience when pitting the cherries. We promise it’s worth it. You can use sweet cherries, sour cherries or a combination of both, just remember to dial the sugar back or up depending on what you choose.

You can buy a cherry pitter, however, if you do not have one try using the thicker round end of a chopstick to push the pits out of the middle of each cherry. Another option is to push each cherry down onto a piping tip. The sugar amount for this recipe varies depending on how sweet your cherries are. Add to your taste. We like to use fresh cherries for this, but you can use canned (see note below).

One 9-inch pie, approximately 8 servings

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

Chilled pie dough for top and bottom 9-inch pie (see our pie crust recipe)

4 1/2 cups pitted fresh cherries, see note if using frozen or canned (2 1/2 pounds, unpitted)

1/4 cup (30 grams) cornstarch

2/3 to 3/4 cup (135 to 150 grams) sugar, adjusted accordingly to sweetness of cherries

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cut into small squares

1 egg yolk

1 tablespoon heavy or whipping cream

Additional sugar for topping crust (coarse sugar is a nice option)


  • Make Filling
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

    In a large bowl, stir sugar, cornstarch, vanilla extract, almond extract, lemon juice and the salt together then add cherries. Gently toss to combine. Set aside.

    • Prepare and Fill Crust
    • Remove half of dough from refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 5 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 13-inch (1/8-inch thick) circle. (Occasionally, check if dough is sticking to the surface — add a small amount of flour when necessary).

      Check for size by inverting pie dish over dough round. Look for a 1-inch edge around the pie dish. Carefully press the dough into the dish.

      Spoon cherry pie filling into pie crust. Discard most of the liquid pooled at the bottom of the bowl. Dot filling with little squares of cold butter.Cherry-Pie-Recipe-Step-1

      • Top Pie
      • Roll out second half of dough then top pie. Use a knife or pair of kitchen scissors to trim dough to within 3/4-inch of the edge of the dish.

        Fold edges of top crust underneath edges of bottom crust, pressing the edge to seal it so that it creates a thicker, 1/4-inch border that rests on the lip of the dish. Then, crimp edges by pressing the pointer finger of one hand against the edge of the dough from the inside of the dish while gently pressing with two knuckles of the other hand from the outside (see photo, we know that was wordy — you can see us do it in our pie crust recipe video, too). Refrigerate dough at least 20 minutes or freeze for 5 minutes before baking.Cherry-Pie-Recipe-Step-2

        • Bake Pie
        • Just before baking, make egg wash by whisking egg yolk and cream together in a small bowl. Use a pastry brush to brush over the top crust. Then, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of sugar. Then, cut 3 to 4 slits in top of pie.

          Bake for 20 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and bake an additional 30 to 40 minutes longer, or until the crust is golden and the filling is thick and bubbling. Cool pie at least 2 hours, preferably 3, before cutting to allow filling to set.

          Note – It might be helpful to bake the pie on a baking sheet covered in aluminum foil so any juices that drip over the pie dish are caught.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • For canned cherries: Use 4 cups of canned or bottled cherries, drained with about 1/3 cup cherry juice reserved for adding to the cherry filling.
  • For frozen cherries: Use 4 cups of thawed cherries, drained with about 1/3 cup cherry juice reserved for adding to the cherry filling.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1/8 of pie / Calories 515 / Protein 6 g / Carbohydrate 66 g / Dietary Fiber 3 g / Total Sugars 30 g / Total Fat 26 g / Saturated Fat 17 g / Cholesterol 91 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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113 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Donna Thornton November 13, 2021, 5:24 pm

    adding the vanilla and the almond was a wonderful addition however, I found that adding brandy to the filling is a game changer. what do you think? thank you for a great pie. Donna Thornton

  • Katherine September 23, 2021, 11:11 am

    “The best cherry pie I have ever tasted” was the comment I heard from several people after making this recipe! I used frozen cherries and followed recommendation of adding some of the drained juice. Huge hit. Loved it!

  • Crystal Langton August 18, 2021, 11:27 pm

    This is my first time baking a cherry pie from scratch i’m just wondering how many cups of cherry do i need for a deep dish pie crust.

  • Carol Barron July 22, 2021, 5:12 pm

    I could take or leave cherry pie but I wanted to make one for my mother-in-law. It is so delicious and so easy. Now I’m on a cherry pie kick. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • Donna July 10, 2021, 1:03 am

    I just made two cherry pies with this recipe (cherries picked from our backyard tree). My husband, son and grandson said this is the best cherry pie the ever had! My husband is difficult to please and he is asking for more. Thank you for sharing this fabulous recipe and extremely helpful video. I only ask for your recipe for blueberry and apple pies. I am hooked on your baking! Donna

  • Michael July 11, 2020, 2:41 pm

    I made this recipe several times with varying results. One time the cherry filling was too watery and the cherries too firm even with appropriate baking time. It might have been the variety of firm cherry. So another time I cooked the cherry filling on the stove before putting into the pie crust. I noticed doing it this way made the filling hold together better, no liquid pooling and no more overly firm cherries. Far more pleasant results. If anyone is using home grown cherries, like I have, from trees that are not sprayed, it is very important to check every cherry for insect attacks and larva. If this turns you off, better to use commercially grown (sprayed) cherries, it’s much less work. My only concern now is the pie crust. When I bake it according to your time specification (20+30 min) the crust is too hard on the edges of glass dish. I did use spelt flour. Can you make any suggestions?

  • Sara Wilcox July 4, 2020, 10:37 pm

    This recipe was amazing. My husband said it was the best cherry pie he’s ever had. I own a cherry pitter, so that was really helpful.

  • Katya November 24, 2019, 3:47 am

    This is an incredible guide with superb videos/tips. Thank you so much! I used this and the pie crust recipe
    and lattice pie recipe to make a tasty pie for friendsgiving. I was daunted by the idea of making a fruit pie from scratch, but was so well guided by you! Thanks again very much!

  • Rachel July 20, 2019, 3:11 pm

    Would the lattice pie crust work? I’ve never made a pie before, this is going to be my first attempt!

  • Evy Decker July 13, 2019, 3:08 pm

    Hi, your recipe for Cherry Pie is so easy,even a beginner could master it first try, thank-you for posting it

  • Elizabeth Kragas July 4, 2019, 11:27 pm

    I made the pie for 4th of July and everyone loved it! The almond extract was unexpected, but very nice, and brought out the tartness of the cherries. Getting the pit out of the cherries was difficult and my cherries looked a bit messy. One person suggested slicing them in half to get out the pit—good idea!

    • Melissa July 4, 2021, 8:56 am

      I made this for July 4th. Vertical cuts and decorated with stars from leftover pastry. Betsy Ross would be proud!

  • carleen June 28, 2019, 3:33 pm

    Everyone who eats this pie wants the recipe. The crust is so good like a seasoned cook made it.

  • Cindy Varnado June 5, 2019, 7:53 pm

    I give this recipe 5 stars. I was a little skeptical at first because I am not a cherry pie lover. It was absolutely delicious. We tried the chop stick,did not work for us. Instead we just cut them in half. I honestly think it was better. Great recipe will be saving this one.

  • Beatrice Spencer May 31, 2019, 10:08 pm

    Going to make a cherry pie this evening, hoping it’s a success …Thank you for the delicious recipes

  • Julie B April 12, 2019, 3:18 pm

    Love the crust recipe! Made this wonderful pie but added in some raspberries and boy, did I great comments from my friends! Great pie for Spring.


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