Country Fair Cherry Pie Recipe
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Country Fair Cherry Pie Recipe

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A homemade cherry filling peeks out from a star-shaped pastry top. You can try different shapes for other occasions and also add almond extract for another flavor. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + standing Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + standing Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Dash salt
  • 4 cups fresh tart cherries, pitted
  • Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)
  • Star cookie cutters (1/2 inch and 2 inches)
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 511 calories, 23g fat (15g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 331mg sodium, 73g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein .


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt; stir in cherries until blended. Let stand for 30 minutes. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat.
  2. Line a 9-in. pie plate with bottom crust; trim pastry even with edge. Fill with cherry filling. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cover edges during the last 20 minutes to prevent overbrowning.
  3. Meanwhile, roll out remaining pastry to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut into 12-14 large stars and 16-18 small stars; place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Place stars randomly over cooled pie. Sprinkle edges of pie with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 8 servings.
Cherry Almond Pie: Once the pie filling has been removed from the heat, stir in 1/4 teaspoon almond extract.
Originally published as Country Fair Cherry Pie in The Taste of Home Cookbook 2006, p486

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SharonJT 141123
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2014

"I add a small dash of cinnamon & vanilla & almond extract. It is very good if you add these three items, but don't over add any of them . I also use minute tapioca in place of the cornstarch. I find that the cornstarch has a tendency to settle to the bottom of the pie."

mizscarlett 69781
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2014

"Sounds great, am saving receipe for future pie making."

heisjan 155024
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2014

"needs a splash of almond or vanilla..............a little dull otherwise."

sassafras1353 137637
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

"This is a delicious recipe and so beautiful for the holiday. It did take a lot longer to make. The stars need to be made ahead and took 45 minutes because I made my own dough. I thought it was too sweet and would recommend using less sugar if you use regular red cherries (not pie cherries) It was delicious and sooooo Pretty!"

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