Tart Cherry Crisp Recipe

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"Our family first made this dessert after an outing to a cherry orchard," explains Mrs. Grossman of Brooklyn, New York. "We used the fresh fruit we picked to make several of these crisps."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 4 cups pitted fresh tart cherries or 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces) pitted tart cherries, drained
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1/2 cup) equals 243 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 186 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. Place cherries in an ungreased 9-in. pie plate. Sprinkle with sugar. In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over cherries.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 30-40 minutes or until top is bubbly. Serve warm. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Tart Cherry Crisp in Quick Cooking May/June 2004, p40

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Reviewed Aug. 8, 2014

"This was delicious. I used two cans of tart cherries ($5/can!). Next time, I will use fresh cherries as I didn't care for the color this dessert turned out to be - not a pretty red."

Reviewed Jul. 15, 2014

"This was delicious. I did add 1/4 tsp of almond extract to the mix. This went together much faster and easier then a pie which was nice on a busy day. I also needed the full 40 minutes of baking time to get the topping crisp. I have already shared this recipe with my daughters and will make it again."

Reviewed Jul. 7, 2014

"My whole family enjoyed this crisp a lot! I added an extra tablespoon of sugar (we like things pretty sweet.) I baked it the whole 40 minutes to get the topping very crisp. The finished crisp was liquidy, but no one seemed to mind. I'll definitely make it again!"

Reviewed Jun. 18, 2014

"I will use this recipe again for sure!"

Reviewed Jul. 10, 2013

"This recipe has the perfect blend of tart and sweet. My daughter isn't fond of tart cherries, but she liked this recipe. Highly recommend!"

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