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Country Fair Cherry Pie

A homemade cherry filling peeks out from a star-shaped pastry top. You can try different shapes for other occasions and also add almond extract for another flavor. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + standing Bake: 55 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Dash salt
  • 4 cups fresh tart cherries, pitted
  • Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)
  • Confectioners' sugar


  • In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt; stir in cherries until blended. Let stand for 30 minutes. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat.
  • Line a 9-in. pie plate with bottom crust; trim pastry even with edge. Fill with cherry filling. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cover edges during the last 20 minutes to prevent overbrowning.
  • Meanwhile, roll out remaining pastry to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut into 12-14 large stars and 16-18 small stars; place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Place stars randomly over cooled pie. Sprinkle edges of pie with confectioners' sugar.
Cherry Almond Pie: Once the pie filling has been removed from the heat, stir in 1/4 teaspoon almond extract.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 511 calories, 23g fat (15g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 331mg sodium, 73g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.
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  • hchambers
    Mar 31, 2017

    This was a good pie. My kids love cherries. I reduced the sugar because I like the natural sweetness of the fruit to come through.

  • SharonJT
    Jun 28, 2014

    I add a small dash of cinnamon & vanilla & almond extract. It is very good if you add these three items, but don't over add any of them . I also use minute tapioca in place of the cornstarch. I find that the cornstarch has a tendency to settle to the bottom of the pie.

  • mizscarlett
    Jun 26, 2014

    Sounds great, am saving receipe for future pie making.

  • heisjan
    Jun 26, 2014

    needs a splash of almond or vanilla..............a little dull otherwise.

  • oldeddie
    Aug 6, 2013

    No comment left

  • sassafras1353
    Jul 4, 2013

    This is a delicious recipe and so beautiful for the holiday. It did take a lot longer to make. The stars need to be made ahead and took 45 minutes because I made my own dough. I thought it was too sweet and would recommend using less sugar if you use regular red cherries (not pie cherries) It was delicious and sooooo Pretty!