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Cherry Pie

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5 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 2 hrs
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 3 hrs
Serves 8
This sour cherry pie recipe is a delicious summer dessert, though it can easily be made with frozen cherries at any time of year. Be sure to allow the pie to cool completely before you slice it, at least 4 hours, so that the filling has a chance to set up. To get ahead, you can make the pie dough and the cherry pie filling a day or two in advance. See the post above for tips! This recipe makes 1 9- or 9.5-inch pie.


  • 2 pounds frozen pitted tart cherries, thawed, juices reserved
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon water
  • ¾ cup cane sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 recipe Pie Crust, chilled at least 2 hours
  • 1 large egg
  • Coarse sugar, optional
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving


  • Place the cherries in a strainer set over a bowl to capture any excess juices. Measure 1 cup of the cherry juice to use in the pie.* Save any remaining juice for another use. Transfer the cherries to a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and ¼ cup of the water until smooth. Set aside.
  • Place the 1 cup cherry juice in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the sugar, stir, and return the mixture to a boil. When the sugar is dissolved, add the water and cornstarch and stir until the mixture thickens and becomes clear and glossy. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the mixture over the cherries. Stir in the cinnamon, ginger, almond extract, and salt. Allow to cool completely.
  • Make the bottom crust. Follow the instructions in the pie crust recipe to roll out the bottom crust, leaving a ½-inch overhang on all sides of the pie plate. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes. Arrange an oven rack in the bottom third of the oven. Place a baking sheet on the rack and preheat the oven to 425°F with the baking sheet inside it.
  • Meanwhile, make the top crust. Use the same method to roll out the remaining pie dough into a large, ⅛-inch-thick circle. Transfer it to a baking sheet, loosely cover it with plastic wrap, and place in the fridge until the bottom crust has chilled for 30 minutes.
  • Assemble the pie. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and the remaining 1 tablespoon water. Set aside.
  • Remove the bottom crust from the refrigerator and pour in the cooled filling. Transfer the top crust to a cutting board and use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut it into 1-inch strips. Evenly space 4 to 5 strips crosswise over the pie. Weave 4 to 5 more strips through the crosswise strips to create a lattice, pulling back the original strips as necessary to weave. Trim the edges of the lattice, then fold the edges of the bottom crust up and over it so that the edge of the dough is in line with the edge of your pie plate. Crimp the dough with your fingers or a fork to seal.
  • Brush the lattice with the egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar, if using. Place the pie on the hot baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375°F and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling has been bubbling for several minutes. If the edges of the crust start to brown too much before the filling is bubbling, tent them with foil and continue baking until the filling bubbles.
  • Allow to cool completely before slicing and serving, at least 4 hours.
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream.


*If you do not have 1 cup juice, microwave the cherries for 15 seconds, and they'll release more. Repeat until you have 1 cup juice. Save any extra juice for another use.