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Homemade Cherry Crisp | A Nerd Cooks
Homemade Cherry Crisp
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Author: Lauren Pacek
For the filling
  • 5 cups fresh cherries, pitted and halved (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbs cornstarch
  • 3 tbs bourbon, optional but recommended
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
For the topping
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

To make the filling
  1. Add all of the filling ingredients to a large bowl. Toss to combine.

  2. In an even layer, spread the filling into a 9-inch pie plate. Set aside.

To make the topping
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine all ingredients for the topping. Mix until crumbly and everything is incorporated. 

  2. Sprinkle the topping over the cherries in an even layer.

  3. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the cherries and juices are bubbling around the edges.

Recipe Notes


  • 2 lbs of cherries will yield approximately 5 cups after pitting
  • I'd recommend investing (~$10) in a cherry pitter to make your job easier