Even the most novice baker can achieve success with this easy and delicious Cherry Pie recipe. It includes a homemade cherry pie filling made with fresh or canned cherries, baked inside a flaky pie crust.  

I have too many favorite pie recipes to count and most can be enjoyed all year round, like cherry pie, Coconut Cream Pie, and Key Lime Pie.

Overhead view of a baked cherry pie with lattice crust.

Of all the pies in the world, Cherry Pie tops the list as one of the easiest pies to make, and I’m excited to share the simple, delicious recipe with you all!

How to make Cherry Pie:

If using fresh cherries:

  • Pit and halve the cherries. Add them to a saucepan with sugar and lemon juice and toss to combine. Cook over medium heat for a few minutes until juices are released. Use a slotted spoon to spoon cherries out into a bowl. Spoon some of the sauce into a cup and stir in the cornstarch until dissolved. Return to pot with remaining juices and cook for a few minutes until sauce has thickened. Pour over cherries and set aside while you prepare the pie crust.

If using canned cherries:

  • Drain the juice from the cans of cherries into a saucepan, reserving ⅓ cup in a small bowl. Set the cherries aside.
  • Add cornstarch to the bowl with the reserved ⅓ cup of juice and stir well to combine.
  • Heat the saucepan (that has the juice in it) over medium heat. Add the sugar and stir well. Bring mixture to a low boil. Stir in dissolved cornstarch mixture. Cook, stirring, until thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in butter and lemon juice. Fold in the cherries. Add a few drops of red food coloring, if desired.
  • Allow mixture to cool to room temperature while you prepare the pie crusts.

Three process photos for making cherry pie filling using canned cherries.

  • Line pie plate with pie crust and cherry pie filling into it. If desired, cut the top crust into wide strips to lay a lattice crust on the pie, or place the whole, uncut pie crust over the filling and poke a hole in the top for steam to release as the pie bakes. (Here’s a lattice top tutorial if you’ve never made one on a pie.)
  • Pinch the edges of the top and bottom pie crusts together and crimp the edge, if you like. Brush a thin layer of beaten egg white over the top of the pie crust and sprinkle the crust pieces lightly with granulated sugar.

Two process photos for adding cherry pie filling and then a lattice crust to a pie dish.

  • Bake at 400 degrees F for 40-45 minutes.

Some Tips for perfect cherry pie:

Should you use Sweet or Sour Cherries for cherry pie? Sour, tart cherries (sometimes called “pie” cherries) are most commonly used in desserts like cherry pie. If using sweet cherries, decrease the sugar in this recipe by at least ⅓ cup.

Use a homemade pie crust! For pies like this that bake for longer in the oven, a homemade pie crust will make a difference in how the crust holds up as it bakes.

Most store-bought pie crusts are super thin and flimsy so the edges brown and dry out more quickly when baking. (Store-bought crusts work better for custard or pudding type of pie that only requires a pre-baked pie shell).

The good news, is my favorite pie crust recipe can be made weeks or even months in advance so that your pie dough is ready to “roll” (pun intended 🙂 ) when you need it!

Make ahead Instructions:

Both the cherry pie filling and pie crust can be made a few days in advance, stored in the fridge until ready to use.

Freezing Instructions:

Baked and cooled cherry pie can be covered tightly and frozen for 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. The prepared cherry pie filling and pie crust can also be frozen, stored separately.

A slice of cherry pie on a plate.

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Recipe

Overhead view of a baked cherry pie with lattice crust.
Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins
Total 1 hr 5 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups fresh, sour cherries or three (14.5 oz) cans sour cherries
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • homemade pie crust (this recipe makes 2 crusts: one for the bottom and one for the top)
  • 1 large egg white , beaten with a fork
  • granulated sugar , for sprinkling on top

Instructions
 

If using fresh cherries:

  • Pit and halve the cherries. Add them to a saucepan with sugar and lemon juice and toss to combine. Cook over medium heat for a few minutes until juices are released. Use a slotted spoon to spoon cherries out into a bowl. Spoon some of the sauce into a cup and stir in the cornstarch until smooth. Return to pot with remaining juices and cook for a few minutes until thickened. Pour over cherries and set aside while you prepare the pie crust.

If using canned cherries:

  • Drain the juice from the cans of cherries into a saucepan, reserving ⅓ cup in a small bowl. Set the cherries aside. Add cornstarch to the bowl with the reserved ⅓ cup of juice and stir well to combine.
  • Heat the saucepan (that has the juice in it) over medium heat. Add the sugar and stir well. Bring mixture to a low boil. Stir in dissolved cornstarch mixture. Cook, stirring, until thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in butter and lemon juice. Fold in the cherries. Add a few drops of red food coloring, if desired.
  • Allow mixture to cool to room temperature while you prepare the pie crusts.

Prepare Pie:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Set aside a 9'' pie pan. (If using canned cherries, there will be enough filling for a deep dish pie dish).
  • Remove one chilled pie crust dough from the fridge. On a lightly floured counter, roll out your dough to about 12'' in diameter. Gently place in the bottom of pie dish. Spoon the cherry filling into the unbaked crust and sprinkle a little cinnamon over the filling. (If using fresh cherries, add a few small pieces of butter on top).
  • Remove the second pie crust from the fridge and roll it out in a similar manner. Use a pizza cutter, knife or pastry wheel to cut the crust into long strips, about 1/2'' wide. Lay strips over the crust in a lattice pattern. (If you're lazy, like me, you can just lay half of the strips going one direction, and the others on top, going perpendicular, leaving a small space between each.)
  • Pinch the edges of the top and bottom pie crusts together and crimp the edge, if you like. Brush a thin layer of beaten egg white over the top of the pie crust and sprinkle some granulated sugar on top.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F for about 40-45 minutes. Check after about 25 minutes and gently place a piece of tinfoil over the top crust to keep it from getting too brown.
  • Remove to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool for several hours. Once cooled completely you can cut and serve it, or cover it and refrigerate it overnight to serve the next day.
  • Leftover cherry pie will last up to 5 days, stored in the fridge.

Notes

Make ahead Instructions: The cherry pie filling and pie crust can both be made a few days in advance, stored in the fridge until ready to use. 
Freezing Instructions: Cover the baked and cooled cherry pie tightly and frozen for 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. The prepared cherry pie filling and pie crust can also be frozen, stored separately.

Nutrition

Calories: 122kcalCarbohydrates: 26gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 21mgPotassium: 106mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 90IUVitamin C: 4.2mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 0.2mg

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I originally shared this recipe June 2017. Updated April 2020 with process photos and more detailed instructions.

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  1. 5 stars
    We used canned tart cherries rather than fresh and were pleasantly surprised at the burst of deliciousness. The recipe was easy to follow. We got a good laugh about the pie lasting in the fridge for 5 days. Not a chance at our house, probably won’t last 24 hours.

  2. 5 stars
    I just made this as my first cherry pie ever. I used frozen cherries, defrosted and halved. It was perfect, set up and gelled perfectly after cooling for just an hour, not runny at all. I used the suggested crust recipe and it browned up nicely in my glass 9.5” pie dish. I served it with some homemade whipped cream on top of the slice.

  3. 5 stars
    This was absolutely perfect! TY! Not runny AT ALL. I used freshly picked tart cherries and this was the first time I made a cherry pie.

  4. 5 stars
    Perfect filling from fresh cherries. The crust instructions were spot on for a flaky and golden brown finish. This recipe is a keeper!

    1. You did something wrong then. Probably an issue with the cornstarch or not cooking or resting it long enough.

  5. Hey Lauren. I’ve made this 3 or 4 times and it’s always delicious. The customer I make it for wants one for her Mom’s birthday a week after we’re leaving for a 3 week trip. She loves it so much she wants to know if I can make it ahead and her freeze it. So in reading above, it says to cook it and cool it and then wrap tightly and freeze. Then it says to take out the day before and put in the fridge. Once she takes it out of the fridge, can it be put in the oven to crisp it up and warm the filling so it’ll taste fresh baked?

    1. So glad to hear she loves it! Yes, she can put it in the oven to warm it up. We love it served warm with ice cream.

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