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Cherry Almond Pie

I grew up in northern Michigan, where three generations of my family have been cherry producers. This traditional cherry pie makes a mouthwatering dessert that always gets rave reviews.—Ramona Pleva, Lincoln Park, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    6-8 servings


  • 4 cups pitted canned or frozen tart red cherries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon red food coloring, optional
  • Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)


  • Drain cherries, reserving 2/3 cup juice in a saucepan; discard remaining juice. To the juice, add the cherries, sugar, butter and salt. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into cherry mixture. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Remove from the heat; stir in the almond extract and food coloring if desired. Cool.
  • Line a 9-in. pie plate with bottom pastry; add filling. Make a lattice crust. Trim, seal and flute edges. Bake at 375° for 45-50 minutes or until crust is golden and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 436 calories, 16g fat (7g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 242mg sodium, 73g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Katy's mom
    Jan 13, 2021

    This is similar to the cherry pie my mom always made, except she left out the almond extract. Like her, I don't like the flavor it gives the pie.. Also, it's very strong and will overpower all the other flavors if you add more than a couple of drops.

  • lvarner
    Apr 1, 2017

    This is a very good recipe. I like the addition of the almond extract, which is a nice complement to the cherries. It tastes delicious served with vanilla ice cream.

  • clanne04
    Jul 28, 2013

    Great recipe for traditional cherry pie

  • cruschick
    Dec 13, 2012

    This is the exact recipe my Mom always made and also the first pie I made when I got married 51 years ago, its been in our family a very long time~never fails to make for "Happy"

  • lahomespun
    Apr 9, 2011

    This came out in the 1996 Collector's Edition and I've used it ever since. It's the best cherry pie recipe!!

  • ShepMc
    Dec 5, 2010

    This is a classic cherry pie recipe that is very good. I think the name is confusing it does not contain almonds just almond extract which every cherry pie recipe has.