I created this yummy recipe for a cherry pie contest at the San Diego County Fair when i was first married in 1984. It won the blue ribbon. I love entering contests and am a six-time Pillsbury Bake-Off finalist. —Marian Hollingsworth, La Mesa, California
Package pudding mix, canned cherries and a frozen crust simplify preparation of this dessert. Friends often request it when they come to our house. Sometimes I'll sprinkle toasted pecans on top for crunch.
—Pearl Lenz of Wichita, Kansas
A layer of sweetened cream cheese topped with a tart fruit filling makes this pie popular with family, friends and co-workers. It won the blue ribbon at a local fair.—Donna L. Rettew, Jonestown, Pennsylvania
From Hanover, Ontario, Denise Elder shares this dreamy dessert. "The crunchy crust is spread with a rich butter layer, then topped with a fluffy filling flavored with banana, cherries and chocolate," she says. "Guests always tell me the pie reminds them of a banana split...and then ask for seconds.
I love chocolate and cherries, but couldn't find the flavor combination in any ice cream. So I came up with this rich dessert that has a nice crunch from nuts. This pie is handy to keep in the freezer for unexpected company.—Diana Wilson Wing, Centerville, Utah
My great-aunt in Pennsylvania's a great country cook, and she gave this recipe to me. It's one of my husband's favorites. I like it, too—it's easier than two-crust pies, plus I've used both fresh and frozen cherries with good results.
“With a wonderfully flaky crust, these stuffed cherry pies always make a quick dessert,” Monica Larkin notes from Shinnston, West Virginia. “My family loves them after dinner or as a snack, but they’re also wonderful for my husband’s take-along lunch.” —Monica Larkin, Shinnston, West Virginia