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Fresh Cherry Pie

If you're looking to learn how to make a cherry pie, this recipe is the place to start. This ruby-red cherry pie is just sweet enough, with a hint of almond flavor and a good level of cinnamon. The cherries peeking out of the lattice crust makes it so pretty, too. I like to make a few of these cherry pies throughout the summer. —Josie Bochek, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup cherry juice blend
  • 4 cups fresh tart cherries, pitted or frozen pitted tart cherries, thawed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 5 to 7 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 large egg, beaten, optional


  • Preheat oven to 425°. In a large saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; gradually stir in cherry juice until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add cherries, cinnamon, nutmeg and extract; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add cold water, tossing with a fork until a ball forms. Divide dough in half so that one ball is slightly larger than the other.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out larger ball to fit a 9-in. pie plate. Transfer dough to pie plate; trim even with edge of plate. Add filling. Roll out remaining dough; make a lattice crust. Trim, seal and flute edges. If desired, brush with egg wash.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 375°; bake until crust is golden brown, 45-50 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 466 calories, 17g fat (4g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 161mg sodium, 73g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • lettuceleaf
    Jan 3, 2021

    This is fabulous. I also left out the cinnamon and nutmeg.

  • bgb699
    Aug 4, 2020

    Not a fan of this one, I think it was the spices used. The pie set well though.

  • Paul
    May 24, 2020

    Omg good. Stays intact on the first cut. I omitted the spicesvas the cherries were perfection. FABULOUS !!

  • DebbieT
    Apr 13, 2020

    This was the first time I made a cherry pie, and it turned out perfect! It set up wonderfully and was delicious!

  • MommyS
    Nov 29, 2019

    Excellent! The filling set up beautifully...not runny at all! Made a beautiful, very tasty pie!

  • suefalk
    Mar 30, 2019

    Awesome! An old-fashioned Cherry Pie from scratch. I always loved the combo of cherry and almond together. Simply the best.

  • Cecilia
    Jun 9, 2018

    My husband and I both loved it. It was our first time making a pie from scratch and it turned out delicious. This recipe is super easy.

  • Karen Ivey
    Aug 15, 2017

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  • bonito15
    Sep 10, 2016

    Yummy this cherry pie hits the spot - I do use packaged crust (easy) but the filling was awesome

  • sgronholz
    Jul 21, 2015

    This pie is delicious! It's quite similar to the recipe I already make; however it also contains cinnamon and nutmeg (which my recipe doesn't). We thought it was a nice addition and I will definitely make it this way from now on! I did use 1/3 cup butter and 1/3 cup shortening in the crust and followed the tip in the previous comments to cook the cherries with the juice.