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Cherry Recipes

Cherries are small fruit that pack a punch. Here are the most tantalizing cherry recipes, including cherry pie, cake, cobbler, jam and more.

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This patriotic drink is as pretty as it is tasty. Layering cherries, blueberries and lemon juice, we created a striped lemonade that sings with Fourth of July pride. —Shawn Carleton, San Diego, California
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Grandma's Fruit Salad

Grandma's Fruit Salad

Grandma's Fruit Salad

"I can't believe how easy this pretty salad is to make," says Carolyn Tomatz of Jackson, Wisconsin. The colorful blend of bananas, pineapple, pears and peaches and grapes is tossed with a creamy pudding sauce. "People of all ages enjoy this dish," Carolyn notes.

Cherry Cheesecake Mousse

Cherry Cheesecake Mousse

Cherry Cheesecake Mousse

“What’s great about this recipe is that it is not only perfect for the Christmas season, but also nice all year-round,” notes Christine Schmidt of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. “I freeze fresh cherries in season to have on hand.“

Arugula & Brown Rice Salad

Arugula & Brown Rice Salad

Arugula & Brown Rice Salad

When we have company, arugula with brown rice is always on the menu. It’s my go-to pick for the potluck and party circuit, and I'm always sharing the recipe. —Mindy Oswalt, Winnetka, California
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Pistachio-Cranberry Biscotti for a Crowd

Pistachio-Cranberry Biscotti for a Crowd

Pistachio-Cranberry Biscotti for a Crowd

Field editor Dawn Fagerstrom of Warren Minnesota says friends were delighted to receive her fruit and nut biscotti mix. “Layer the dry ingredients in a clear jar, add a bow and attach the instructions for preparation and baking,” she notes.

Orange Charlotte

Orange Charlotte

Orange Charlotte

"Mom prepared this light and fluffy citrus dessert whenever Dad grilled outdoors," recalls field editor Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. "It gave our meals a fresh-tasting finish!"

Chewy Pecan Drops

Chewy Pecan Drops

Chewy Pecan Drops

The cherry center gives a festive look to my nutty cookies. They're easy to make and take to holiday gatherings.

Pumpernickel Muffins

Pumpernickel Muffins

Pumpernickel Muffins

These dense muffins are a perfect accompaniment to a hearty entree. The rye flour gives the texture some and the dried cherries add to the flavor.

Tart Cherry Meringue Dessert

Tart Cherry Meringue Dessert

Tart Cherry Meringue Dessert

I've made this cherry dessert for years to serve at baby showers, birthday parties and other special occasions. People really enjoy the tender crust, cherry filling and melt-in-your-mouth meringue. Every time I serve it, someone asks for the recipe. -Kathryn Dawley, Gray, Maine

Apple Sausage Salad with Cinnamon Vinaigrette

Apple Sausage Salad with Cinnamon Vinaigrette

Apple Sausage Salad with Cinnamon Vinaigrette

Making croutons with cinnamon raisin bread is sweet genius. Toss together the rest of the salad while they toast. —Kim Van Dunk, Caldwell, New Jersey

Cherry Nut Bread

Cherry Nut Bread

Cherry Nut Bread

Chopped pecans and maraschino cherries perk up this pound cake-like bread. The pretty slices are rich and moist with a crisp golden crust. This is my husband's favorite bread. -Melissa Gentner, Tecumseh, Michigan



Cherry Wild Rice Salad

Cherry Wild Rice Salad

Cherry Wild Rice Salad

While touring Door County, I sampled this salad. As soon as I got home, I wrote the lady who'd made it requesting the recipe. The mix of rice, vegetables and orchard-fresh fruit is a tasty way to remember Wisconsin's premier cherry-growing area. —Yvonne Gorges, New London, Wisconsin

Cherry Cranberry Chutney

Cherry Cranberry Chutney

Cherry Cranberry Chutney

I found this recipe in a cookbook compiled by a friend’s quilting group. Try it with chicken—but don’t stop there. It’s good with turkey, ham, pork and venison, too.

Christmas Mice Truffles

Christmas Mice Truffles

Christmas Mice Truffles

Your guests will say, "Oh how cute," not "Eek!" when they spot mouse-shaped truffles on your dessert tray. The little goodies are easy to make with Oreos and just a few other ingredients.

Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These rich, fudgy cookies from Trisha Kruse in Eagle, Idaho are chewy and studded with tangy dried cherries. “It’s a good thing the recipe makes only a small batch,” she laughs, “because we eat them all in one night!”

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Apple Sausage Salad with Cinnamon Vinaigrette

Apple Sausage Salad with Cinnamon Vinaigrette

Apple Sausage Salad with Cinnamon Vinaigrette

Making croutons with cinnamon raisin bread is sweet genius. Toss together the rest of the salad while they toast. —Kim Van Dunk, Caldwell, New Jersey

Balsamic Chicken & Pears

Balsamic Chicken & Pears

Balsamic Chicken & Pears

Pears and dried cherries go amazingly well with chicken and balsamic vinegar. We use them to make a clean-your-plate meal for together time. —Marcia Whitney, Gainesville, Florida

Cherry & Fontina Stuffed Portobellos

Cherry & Fontina Stuffed Portobellos

Cherry & Fontina Stuffed Portobellos

I developed this hearty appetizer for my mushroom-lovin’ kids. They’re grown now with families of their own, but they still lobby for these when they come home. —Wendy Rusch, Trego, Wisconsin
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