County Fair Cherry Pie Recipe
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County Fair Cherry Pie Recipe

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This cherry pie is so easy! I'm a teacher and a Navy wife, so simplicity and quickness are both mealtime musts at our house. —Claudia Youmans, Virginia Beach, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + standing Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + standing Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES: 6-8 servings


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

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein


  1. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt; stir in cherries. Let stand 30 minutes.
  2. Cook and stir cherry mixture over medium heat until mixture boils and starts to thicken.
  3. Pour into jars or freezer containers, leaving 1/2-in. headspace. Cool. Cover with lids; refrigerate or freeze. Yield: 3 cups filling for one pie.
  4. To make pie: Preheat oven to 375°. Line a 9-in. pie plate with bottom pastry; add filling. (If filling is frozen, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.) Flute edges of pastry. Bake 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cover edges during the last 20 minutes to prevent overbrowning.
  5. Meanwhile, cut remaining pastry into 12-14 large stars and 16-18 small stars; place on an ungreased baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 375° 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire rack to cool. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Place stars randomly over cooled pie. Sprinkle edges of pie with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Country Fair Cherry Pie in Country Woman July/August 1997, p12

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Reviewed Jun. 26, 2016

"Thanks for the great tips! I'm going to make this for my dad, he's going to be 80 and I just found out he loves cherries. I was the dessert baker in the family growing up, which is a great chore for the daughter/girl in the family because at the end of the day, everyone loves you-even the brothers! ;)"

Reviewed Aug. 22, 2015

"I'm a farm wife from the Saskatchewan Cda. The thing that took the longest in this recipe was pitting the cherries I picked on the farm. I'm not complaining because the flavour was incredible. It was very easy. I contemplated adding almond extract but really I didn't miss it."

Reviewed Jul. 27, 2015

"My husband enjoyed this tasty easy to make cherry pie."

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2013

"didnt try this yet because it didnt say to drain the cherries or not...."

Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

"I'm confused. The recipe is for "sweet cherry" pie, yet bakers are using "sour cherries," which we love. Are you using the same amount of sugar when you are using sour cherries in place of the sweet ones?"

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