Cherry Pie


This homemade cherry pie recipe is the 1999 American Pie Council's National Pie Championship first-place winner in the Fruit and Berry category.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Additional Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
1 9-inch pie


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 cup shortening, chilled

  • ½ cup cold water

  • 2 cups pitted sour cherries

  • 1 ¼ cups white sugar

  • 10 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract


  1. Whisk together flour and salt in a bowl. Cut in shortening with 2 knives or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in cold water by hand just until dough holds together. Divide dough in half and form into disks. Wrap each disk in plastic and refrigerate until chilled, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  2. Roll out 1 dough disk into an 11-inch circle and press it into a 9-inch pie dish. Place in the refrigerator until needed. Roll out remaining dough disk into an 11-inch circle for the top crust, transfer it to a plate or baking sheet, and refrigerate until needed.

  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place a baking tray in the oven to preheat.

  4. Place cherries, sugar, and cornstarch in a medium, non-aluminum saucepan. Allow mixture to stand until juices begin to release, about 10 minutes. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Lower the heat and simmer until the juices thicken and become translucent, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in butter and almond extract. Allow filling to cool to lukewarm.

  5. Pour cooled filling into the prepared pie crust. Cover with top crust, trim and crimp the edges to seal, and cut vents for steam.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven on the preheated baking tray until crust is golden brown, 45 to 55 minutes. Allow to cool for several hours before slicing.

    close up view of Cherry Pie in a pie pan
    Susie Sun

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

506 Calories
28g Fat
63g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 506
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 35%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 13mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 35g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 102mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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