Cherry Pie

cherry pie

 Leah Maroney / The Spruce Eats

  • Total: 75 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 1 pie (8 servings)

Cherry pies are known for being tart, sweet, and full of juicy goodness. We used freshly-picked tart cherries, but since they’re only in season for a short amount of time, you can always buy frozen tart cherries. You can also use sweet cherries, but lower the sugar to 3/4 cup and add a bit more lemon juice for that nice tart flavor.

A fresh cherry pie with a beautifully flaky lattice crust will impress everyone at your next family meal or potluck. Serve with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

  • For the Pie Crust:
  • 1/3 cup cold unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup cold shortening (diced)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • For the Filling:
  • 7 to 8 cups fresh whole tart cherries (or 6 cups frozen)
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar (divided)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter (diced)

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this pie is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

Prepare the Crust

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    pie crust ingredients
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  2. Grate the butter with a cheese grater into a bowl. Add the shortening, flour, and salt.

    grated butter and flour in a bowl
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  3. Cut the butter and shortening into the flour with a pastry blender until the fat is dispersed throughout the flour. The butter and shortening should all be pea to bean-sized pieces.

    butter and shortening cut into flour with a pastry cutter
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  4. Add the water a little at a time until you have a rough dough.

    pie crust dough in a bowl
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  5. Form the dough into two balls and flatten. Wrap one in plastic wrap and place in the fridge.

    pie crust dough
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  6. Roll one ball of dough into a round that's about 1/8-inch thick and 12 inches across.

    pie dough rolled into a circle
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  7. Fit pie crust into a 9-inch pie dish. Press the dough all the way down and allow some of the dough to hang over the edge of the pie tin. Set aside. If your kitchen is warm, place the lined pie pan in the fridge.

    pie crust in a pie tin
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Prepare the Filling

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 375 F.

    cherry pie filling ingredients
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  2. Pit the cherries using a cherry pitter for the fastest results. Thaw the cherries if you are using frozen.

    cherries pitted in a bowl
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  3. Thoroughly drain the cherries once you are done pitting or thawing. Then combine them in a large bowl with 3/4 cup of the sugar, the cornstarch, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Stir to combine, and taste. Add more sugar (up to 1 1/4 cups) if necessary and stir to combine.

    pitted cherries tossed in sugar and cornstarch in a bowl
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  4. Fill the bottom pie shell with the cherry mixture and dot the top with the diced butter.

    cherry pie filling in a pie crust
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  5. Roll out the other pie dough circle into a 10-inch circle. Cut the circle into 1-inch strips.

    pie crust dough cut into lattice strips
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  6. Lay four of the strips over the filling in the same direction.

    pie crust strips folded over the top of a pie
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  7. Fold alternating strips over themselves halfway and place another strip in the center of the pie to create the lattice design.

    forming a lattice crust
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  8. Fold the strips back over the center strip. Repeat alternating which strips you fold back.

    forming a lattice crust on a cherry pie
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  9. Repeat on the other side of the pie.

    forming a lattice on a cherry pie
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  10. Crimp the edges of the pie crust together, trimming as needed and sealing.

    pie crust edges crimped on a cherry pie
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  11. Sprinkle the top of the pie with granulated sugar.

    pie crust sprinkled with sugar
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  12. Transfer the pie to the oven and bake for about 45 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and flaky and the filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack for at least 2 hours before slicing.

    cooked cherry pie
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Tips

  • It’s really important to have cold ingredients for your pie crust. This will help keep the butter from melting when you form the crust. The pieces of butter and shortening are what help keep the crust flaky. 
  • We use a mix of butter and shortening because butter provides great flavor in the crust and the shortening helps keep it workable and flaky once it’s been baked.