20+ Luscious Desserts to Make With Fresh Summer Cherries
Fresh cherries have a relatively short season, and when they're gone, all you're left with are sweet memories of gobbling them by the handful (and fingers stained with cherry juice). So, to help you make the most of them while they're around, we've compiled a collection of our very best desserts that call for fresh cherries — you won't find the jarred stuff here. From fruity cakes and pies that'll steal the show at your next picnic or potluck to ice creams and frozen yogurts that'll help you cool off on a hot day, these cherry desserts showcase the best ways to enjoy fresh cherries.
Fresh Cherry Cobbler
If you can't find the fresh sour cherries called for in this recipe, use sweet cherries instead, but cut back on the amount of sugar. Says cookinblair, "Super easy and everyone raved about it. I did use 3 cups sweet cherries instead of sour so I only used ¼ cup sugar on the fruit."
Cherry Pie with Almond Crumb Topping
"I usually do not like cherry pie, but my kids wanted me to make one with the cherries they picked. I not only liked, but LOVED this cherry pie. I did not change anything in the recipe." —leslieh
Baked Fresh Cherry Pie
This top-rated cherry pie has a pastry lid instead of a crumb topping. Fabricgal says, "The absolutely BEST cherry pie I have ever made. We have our own cherry tree. I pit them using an opened paper clip which is very easy using larger end of the clip. Seed pulls out easily and do not lose as much juice."
Fresh Cherry Crisp
Not all of us have easy access to freshly picked cherries. But here's the good news: You can use frozen cherries and they'll still taste great. "Very yummy and easy sour cherry crisp," says homestead mom of 7. "I made two batches both with frozen sour cherries. Both turned out wonderful! Make sure to let the crisp sit once it comes out of the oven so that it can set up."
Cherry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt
"This is like velvet in your mouth with bursts of cherry sinfulness. So good you might not even regret it later." —Tracy Richardson Rudin
Vanilla Cherry Ice Cream
"This recipe makes classic vanilla ice cream with a slight undertone of almond and dotted throughout with fresh cherry pieces," according to recipe creator FutureChefShay.
Chef John's Cherry Clafouti
As Chef John says, "Clafouti is one of the world's great recipes for enjoying fresh cherries." Pronounced cla (as in clap)-foo-TEE, the authentic preparation of this recipe leaves the pits in the cherries to enhance the fragrance and flavor of the dish. If you go that route, be sure to warn your guests so they don't chomp down on a cherry pit.
Fresh Cherry Shortcake
"I must say that the shortcake was very different from any that I've ever had, primarily due to the addition of the cinnamon and cardamom, but particularly the cardamom, a spice I like. The lemon zest gives a nice tang to the cherries." —lutzflcat
Fresh Cherry Cake
The combination seems simple — fresh cherries and homemade white cake — but the flavor is anything but. "Not too sweet, just the right amount of tart," Amber Van Meter says.
Sweet Washington Cherry Pie
Sour Cherry Sorbet
Make this vibrant summertime dessert with just five ingredients: tart red cherries, sugar, dry white wine, almond extract, and salt.
Cherry Brownies from Scratch
If you like chocolate-covered cherries, you'll love these easy homemade brownies with bursts of fruity flavor. Make them with fewer than 10 easy-to-find ingredients.
Cherry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt
Cool off this summer with this creamy frozen yogurt.
"If you don't care for cherries, you could add blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, or peaches," according to recipe creator Kristine Steen.
Cherry Berry Peach Pie
Use Bing cherries to make this fruity pie with tons of seasonal produce. When Bing cherries aren't in season, says recipe creator Patty S., use fresh raspberries.
Cherry Dump Pudding Cake
You won't believe how easy it is to make this old-fashioned family recipe with fresh sour cherries. It comes together in just under an hour.
Cherry-Berry Pie with Whole Wheat Pie Crust
"I made this pie as a way to use up some of the beautiful late summer fruit that Michigan has to offer," says recipe creator Kim.
Cherry Shortbread Cookies
These 5-ingredient cookies (made with just flour, confectioners' sugar, chopped cherries, cornstarch, and butter) are satisfying and easy to make.
Sheet Cake with Sour Cherries
This magazine-worthy sheet cake is as pretty as it is delicious. You can use fresh sour cherries or jarred sour cherries in syrup.
Sour Cream Lemon Pound Cake with Cherry Compote
A moist pound cake made with sour cream is topped with a 2-ingredient glaze and served with an easy, fruity, cherry-packed compote.
Cherry Pie Filling
Skip the jarred stuff and keep this homemade cherry pie filling on hand. Make it with just three ingredients: fresh or sour cherries, sugar, and cornstarch.
Beer Cake II
There are no cherries in the title, but they're in the cake batter. "I used Sam Adams-Cherry Wheat beer since the recipe called for cherries and it came out deliciously moist," says home cook Claire Forman.
Sweet Polish Cherry Cake
This easy Polish cake with sweet cherries is simply irresistible. What secret ingredient makes it extra moist? An entire container of plan yogurt.