Cherry Grunt

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.


10 servings

Updated: Mar. 23, 2023
Back when I was cooking the hot lunch main dish for about 1,300 students a day, I liked to make this simple old-time dessert for my husband and sons. A scoop of ice cream is perfect.


  • 1 can (16 ounces) pitted tart red cherries, undrained
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Place cherries and juice in a straight-sided skillet or Dutch oven along with water, 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons butter. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and remaining 1/4 cup sugar; place in a bowl. Cut in remaining butter with a pastry blender. Add milk and vanilla; stir to combine.
  3. Drop by tablespoonfuls over cherry mixture; cover and simmer until dumplings are cooked through, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 183 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 128mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.