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Macaroon Cherry Pie

I use homegrown cherries in this bountiful pie with its unique crunchy coconut topping. But I've found that purchased tart cherries yield a dessert that's nearly as delicious. I always bake this pie around Presidents Day or Valentine's Day, but it's popular with my family in any season. —Lori Daniels, Beverly, West Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • Pastry for single-crust pie
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) pitted tart cherries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon red food coloring, optional
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 large egg, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°. Line a 9-in. cast-iron skillet or deep-dish pie plate with crust. Trim to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate; flute edges. Bake 6 minutes; set aside.
  • Drain cherries, reserving 1 cup juice. Set cherries aside. In a large saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; gradually stir in cherry juice until blended. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir until thickened, 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; stir in cinnamon and food coloring if desired. Gently fold in cherries. Pour into crust. Cover edges loosely with foil. Bake at 400° 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine first 6 topping ingredients. Stir in coconut and almonds.
  • Remove foil from pie; spoon topping over pie. Reduce oven to 350°; bake until topping is lightly browned, 15-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 1 hour. Chill 4 hours or overnight before cutting.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 434 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 199mg sodium, 70g carbohydrate (48g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • lvarner
    Mar 1, 2020

    I really enjoyed all the flavors and textures in this pie. The end result was excellent! It had just the right combination of flavors and textures. Excellent!

  • randcbruns
    Jun 4, 2019

    The combo of charry and coconut is divine!

  • Mary Ann
    Aug 3, 2017

    a HUGE hit! I used fresh sour cherries and then added 1 cup of 100% (organic) tart cherry juice for the juice required. Skipped the food coloring. Really easy to make and REALLY delicious!

  • lauriewiltsern
    Aug 1, 2016

    This is my go to recipe for cherry pie and it's a family favorite! Each summer we drive over two hours to Traverse City, Michigan, to pick tart and sweet cherries. This year my children and I picked 70 lbs! I freeze bags where I have measured out enough for two pies one for our family and one to share.

  • sjtvice
    Jul 10, 2013

    My favorite cherry pie!! Have even made the recipe with no crust and putting the filling in custard cups and doubling the topping and dividing between the cup. Delightful!!

  • manuahs
    Dec 24, 2010

    I love the topping on this pie! It was fabulous.

  • Zinderella58
    Nov 27, 2010

    I Love this pie and it's so easy!