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.

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Cherry Pie Recipe Video

Related: We also love this blueberry pie with lattice crust.

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.

Easy Homemade Cherry Pie

Easy Homemade Cherry Pie

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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 ½ 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
  • 1Heat the oven to 400° Fahrenheit.

    2Add pitted cherries to a large bowl, then add the sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, almond, lemon juice, and salt.  Gently toss to combine. Set aside.

  • Prepare and Fill Crust
  • 1Remove half of the dough from the refrigerator and leave it at room temperature for five minutes.

    2Roll out the dough to a 13-inch (1/8-inch thick) circle on a lightly floured surface. (Occasionally, check if the dough is sticking to the surface — add a small amount of flour when necessary).

    3Check for size by inverting the pie dish over the dough round. Look for a 1-inch edge around the pie dish. Then, carefully place the dough into the dish.

    4Spoon cherry pie filling into the pie crust. Discard most of the liquid pooled at the bottom of the bowl (it makes the pie soggy). Dot the filling with little squares of cold butter.Cherry-Pie-Recipe-Step-1

  • Top Pie
  • 1Roll out the second half of the dough, then top the pie. Use a knife or pair of kitchen scissors to trim dough to within 3/4-inch of the edge of the dish.

    2Fold the edges of the top crust underneath the edges of the 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.

    3Crimp the 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 watch us do it in our pie crust recipe video, too).

    4Refrigerate dough for at least 20 minutes or freeze for 5 minutes before baking.Crimping the dough of cherry pie

  • Bake Pie
  • 1Before baking the pie, make the egg wash by whisking egg yolk and cream together in a small bowl.

    2Use a pastry brush to brush over the top crust. Then, sprinkle with one tablespoon of sugar. Cut three to four slits on top of the pie.

    3Place the pie dish onto a baking sheet covered in aluminum foil or parchment paper to catch any juices overflowing the sides as it bakes.

    4Bake in a preheated oven (400° Fahrenheit) for 20 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350° Fahrenheit and bake for an additional 30 to 40 minutes longer, or until the crust is golden and the filling is thick and bubbling.

    5Cool the pie for at least two hours, preferably three, before cutting to allow filling in the middle to set.

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

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

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129 comments… Leave a Review
  • Rine October 30, 2023, 11:24 pm

    I haven’t actually baked it yet, but I’m sure it’s going to be great (I’ll come back and edit if not, but I have high hopes!) One question, though- step 4 says to refrigerate the dough for 20min or freeze for 5…but didn’t we just use the dough to put the pie together? Do you mean put the whole pie in the fridge before baking Thanks!

    • Adam November 7, 2023, 3:33 pm

      Hi Rine, the whole pie goes into the fridge or freezer before baking.

  • Angela July 29, 2023, 12:54 am

    I am about to make this and the crust from scratch and The hardest part isn’t going to be putting cherries, I already know it’s going to be waiting 3 hours to eat a slice. I’m going by faith and years of cooking experience and giving it 5 stars! If it’s not I’ll edit later but I doubt I’ll be editing. So excited to make this! God Bless you both and keep sharing your wonderful recipes and videos! You’re awesome!

  • Amanda C June 30, 2023, 6:46 pm

    So this is the first time I am making a homemade cherry pie with fresh cherries. This was a super easy to follow recipe. I have a severe nut allergy so I omitted the almond extract obviously. And I did a dash of cinnamon. I would like to add from someone with a nut allergy that if you do make this and take it to an event just a kind little note on it that says it has nuts in it could really help an emergency not happen! I almost died from someone putting walnuts and cranberry sauce and not telling anyone

  • Colleen June 18, 2023, 4:12 pm

    Really appreciate you guys and the many offerings I’ve made from you over the years. I also love you as a couple…it is a blessing to see your love and enjoyment of creating together. I’ve made this pie several times, all with excellent results. Thought it was about time I left a comment! You guys really put your heart into what you do…and it shows. Blessings from Texas,Colleen

  • Jordan November 23, 2022, 11:14 am

    If using canned cherries, do you still use the extracts, corn starch, lemon juice, etc?

    • Joanne December 14, 2022, 6:19 pm

      Hi Jordan, Yes, we still add the other ingredients. I do recommend that you drain the cherries, though.

  • Jiles Jaco November 14, 2022, 6:26 am

    I’m ready to bake, the recipe says “bake for 20min, the reduce temp to 350° and cook for an additional……”, what was the original oven temp setting. The temp it baked at the first 20min.
    Thx J

    • Joanne February 27, 2023, 5:55 pm

      Yep, keep the oven at 400° Fahrenheit.

  • Elvie September 2, 2022, 6:17 pm

    The only reason I made a cherry pie is because the local grocery had them on sale. I typically don’t like ANY fruit pies but I’ve yet to make one for my kids, and figured I’d let them try some. Wow!!!! Such a great recipe! Will use for get togethers and holidays!

  • Lynn August 24, 2022, 12:50 am

    Great cherry pie recipe.Used a ready pie crust. I don’t like cherry pie usually, but my boyfriend wanted it, and I found this recipe. This recipe was so easy to make and when we had tasted it, we were in love. Will make it again!

  • Kathy August 6, 2022, 9:32 am

    This is the very best recipe to make a cherry pie! Instructions are easy to follow. I use the ready to bake pie crust from Aldi’s, and 3 cans of Aldi’s cherry pie filling drained (reserving 1/3 cup). What a perfect match for the delicious cherry pie filling recipe! A big THANK YOU!!

  • Montressa Barbee-Watkins July 24, 2022, 11:08 pm

    I loved this recipe! I had never made a cherry pie when my pregnant daughter asked me to make one for her. It was a huge hit! Everybody loved it. I used frozen pitted cherries and refrigerator pie crust. Easy peezy!! Thank you!

  • Janice July 22, 2022, 8:42 pm

    I tried other recipes but this one is the best. I would say the crust is the best part! Thanks so much! I am going to make one more tomorrow coz its all gone!

  • Elizabeth July 4, 2022, 9:10 am

    Love the pie! This recipe is delicious but not “Easy” because removing pits from the fresh cherries takes a lot of time.

  • Tina K. June 10, 2022, 12:23 pm

    This is a great cherry pie recipe but can I say THANK YOU for the inspired idea of using chopsticks to pit the cherries? Genius!

  • Farrah May 12, 2022, 1:36 pm

    Allergic to egg. Can the top crust or lattice be made without the egg brush, or brushed with some egg replacement?

    • Joanne July 15, 2022, 6:11 pm

      Yes, definitely. Try cream instead.


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