32 Top Cherry Recipes
This creative slow-cooker recipe takes advantage of several shortcut ingredients, including muffin mix and canned cherry pie filling, for an easy dessert.
Crispy Cherry-Almond Bars with Marshmallows
Dried fruit and crunchy almonds bring antioxidants and omega-3s to these bars made from two kinds of rice cereal--regular and chocolate flavored--in our version of marshmallow-cereal bars.
Cherry-Berry Rich Shortcakes
Michigan's fruit belt inspired our Cherry-Berry Rich Shortcakes. We played up the sweet cherries grown in the Great Lakes State, along with blueberries and raspberries. A shortcake biscuit base and sweetened whipped cream complete the dessert.
Cherry Phosphate Icebox Pie
A humble pie if you ever saw one, this unassuming potluck star has an almondy crust and a yogurt-based filling that mimics the acidic tang of a phosphate. Amaretti (Italian almond cookies) are available at large supermarkets. You can substitute graham cracker crumbs.
Double Chocolate-Cherry Cookies
Carol Schneider of Wausau, Wisconsin, brought home a blue ribbon when she entered these cookies at the Wisconsin State Fair. The recipe combines white and semisweet chocolate with dried cherries and walnuts.
Heavenly Cherry Pie
A white chocolate mousse filling and crimson cherry pie filling combine for an out-of-this-world pie from the Traverse City, Michigan, festival cookbook, Cherry Creations.
Tart Cherry Half-Pound Cake
Pound cakes traditionally are made with a pound each of sugar, butter, flour and eggs. This recipe, from Chicago cookbook authors Barry Bluestein and Kevin Morrissey, uses closer to a half-pound of each main ingredient. "We've also added a bit of milk, so the cake is lighter and moister," the authors say.
Double-Cherry Supreme Pie
Combine fresh (or frozen) cherries with dried, tart cherries for this classic pie, which was pictured on a cover of Midwest Living® .
Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor, Michigan, sells just about anything made with cherries. Staffers put their tangy fruit salsa to good use in this white-bean-and-chicken chili, which won a local chili competition. They suggest serving it with corn chips or corn bread.
Dried cherries make oatmeal cookies even more memorable in this recipe from American Spoon Foods, which has locations in the Traverse City, Michigan, area. We like its crisp edges and chewy centers.
Cherry Marinated Beef with Roquefort Polenta and Corn Salsa
Cherry juice concentrate gives the beef a nice "char" when grilled. This recipe comes from the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City, Michigan.
Black Forest Freezer Pie
This layered dessert combines cream cheese, powdered sugar and whipped dessert topping over vanilla ice cream in a graham cracker crust. When you're ready to serve the pie, spoon on cherry pie filling, and drizzle with fudge topping. The recipe is from Friske's Farm Market near Ellsworth, Michigan.
Tangy Cherry-Tea Sorbet
You can blend this dessert in just a couple of minutes by combining unsweetened ice tea mix, frozen tart red cherries, lemon juice, sugar and water. Serve immediately, or pour into a dish and freeze for later. The sorbet recipe comes from the Michigan Cherry Committee.
Cherry Berry Berry Pie
Red raspberries and blueberries join ruby-red cherries in Cherry Berry Berry Pie, a favorite from Sweetielicious Bakery Cafe in DeWitt, Michigan. The trio yields a dark, rich filling crowned with a crunchy streusel topping.
Chocolate Dried Cherry Cheesecake
This thick, rich cheesecake—with a touch of coffee and speckled with dried cherries—is a favorite dessert from a Leland, Michigan, restaurant.
White-Chocolate Cherry Shortbread
Dip these cherry-studded cookies in melted white chocolate, then roll in nonpareils and edible glitter for extra color.
Cherry-Brickle Coffee Cake
This coffee cake recipe, one of the winners in a Midwest Living® potluck recipe contest, comes from a Robinson, Illinois, reader. Cherry pie filling stars in the quick bread.
Cherry Crumble Pie Bars
Zesty lemon peel adds zing to this fruit bar cookie; almond extract and brown sugar give it extra sweetness.
Spiced Cherry Pie
The cherry filling in this pie gets a tasty boost from cinnamon and allspice. We tested this with refrigerated piecrust, but you can use your own homemade piecrust, if you like.
Nuts and fruit add crunch and color to cabbage tossed in a homemade vinaigrette. This beautiful twist on traditional coleslaw is best served right away for maximum crispness, but it will hold for up to 24 hours.
Overnight Cherry-Chocolate Coffee Cake
Prepped in a half-hour, this coffee cake waits in the fridge till you pop it in the oven the next morning. Serve warm, and the chocolate stays irresistibly melty.
Tiny Chocolate-Cherry Bombs
Cherry stems form the "fuse" on these brownie-covered maraschino cherries.
Chopped almonds and a dash of Amaretto or almond extract give a fresh twist on a classic dessert.
Very Cherry Hazelnut Coffee Cake
David Dahlman of Chatsworth, California, says this yeasty coffee cake reminds him of the old-fashioned, down-to-earth treats on his grandmother's farm table. It takes time because it's a yeast-leavened dough, but there's no kneading required.
Cherry-Pecan Tossed Salad
This simple, mixed green salad with toasted pecans, dried cherries, and Parmesan cheese is a versatile side dish.
Very Cherry Nut Bread
Maraschino cherries and almonds fill this quick bread loaf with color and flavor. It's a favorite from the National Cherry Festival cookbook.
Michigan Cherry-Berry Pie
Frozen unsweetened tart red cherries, frozen red raspberries and cherry juice or cranberry juice form the heart of this recipe inspired by the Cherry-Berry Pie served at Jesperson's Restaurant in Petoskey, Michigan.
Very Cherry-Stuffed French Toast
Tuck cherry pie filling and cream cheese between cinnamon-flavored bread slices for this breakfast sensation from a Dale, Wisconsin, restaurant.
Prairie Dunes Cherry-Nut Ice Cream
Red maraschino cherries, cream, brown sugar, vanilla and pecans combine into a rich blend for your ice cream freezer.
Cherry and Golden Raisin Bread
Choose your favorite dried fruit—cherries, cranberries, raisins or apricots—to add to this lemon-glazed quick bread loaf. Slice it for breakfast or serve anytime during the day as a snack.
Roast Pork Loin with Dried Cherry and Wild Rice Stuffing
This stuffing, which includes sausage, dried Michigan fruit and wild rice, forms a spiral when rolled up into a top loin roast. The recipe comes from New York Restaurant in Harbor Springs, Michigan.
Chefs at North Peak Brewing Company in Traverse City, Michigan, make this tangy, thick, cherry-color dressing for tossed salads. We like it over fresh fruit, too.