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Fresh cherry pie filling next to a bowl of cherries.
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Homemade Cherry Pie Filling

Homemade Cherry Pie Filling is so much better than storebought and can be used in so many ways! We use it top ice cream, in cherry crisp, to fill cakes, on top of cheesecake, on pancakes, waffles, and so much more!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 -5 cups of filling
Calories: 235kcal
Author: Amy Nash

Ingredients

  • 4-5 cups pitted cherries fresh, frozen, bottled, or canned
  • ½ to 1 cup sugar use the lower amount for sweet cherries and the higher amount for sour cherries
  • 4 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup water or reserved cherry juice from bottled cherries
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract optional
  • Red food coloring optional

Instructions

If using fresh or frozen cherries

  • Combine cherries (at least partially thawed and drained if previously frozen), sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a large pot. Stir to evenly distribute the sugar and cornstarch.
  • Add the water and lemon juice, then place over medium heat. Cook and stir frequently until this comes to a boil. Continue to cook and stir until the cherries have softened and the liquid has thickened, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla, almond extract, and red food coloring, if using. Cool completely. Store in jars in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for 3-4 months.

If using bottled or canned cherries

  • Combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt in large pot and whisk well. Add the reserved cherry juice or water and lemon juice.
  • Bring to a simmer over medium heat, cooking and stirring until thick and bubbly. This will turn into an opaque gel after about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the cherries, vanilla, almond extract, and red food coloring if using. Cool completely. Store in jars in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for 3-4 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 367mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg