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3 Ingredient Cherry Pie Filling

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Homemade cherry pie filling is made with only 3 ingredients and comes together in just a few minutes. Make your own using fresh or frozen cherries simmered with a little sugar for a thick filling that is deliciously sweet!

Try this easy Cherry Pie Filling inside our Cherry Hand Pies, spooned over a Yogurt Parfait, or drizzled over a stack of Homemade Waffles!
a spoonful of cherry pie filling

The Best Pie Filling

This cherry pie filling is easy to make and delicious to eat. Using only three ingredients, this recipe takes only minutes to prepare.  It’s also a great way to use all of those cherries you’ve picked this year because it also freezes extremely well.  I will usually make a double batch and save the rest for later!

I can eat this cherry filling with a spoon, but this stuff is amazing over vanilla ice cream, pancakes, toast, on chocolate thumbprint cookies… did I mention you can also just eat it with a spoon? 🙂

a jar of homemade cherry pie filling

How to Make Cherry Pie Filling

Not only is this cherry pie filling sweet and delicious, it is also SUPER simple to make!

  1. Prep – Start by removing the pits from all of the cherries and placing them into a large sauce pan.  If you have a cherry pitter, it can make this process go quickly.
  2. Heat – Cook them for 10-15 minutes while stirring them often. This will release all the delicious juices from the cherries.
  3. Mix – While the cherries are cooking, whisk together some sugar and cornstarch in a separate bowl until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Combine – Pour the cornstarch and sugar into the hot cherries and stir until everything has combined.
  5. Simmer – Bring to a low simmer and cook for about 2 minutes, until the cherry pie filling has thickened.
  6. Serve – Cool completely and ENJOY!

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Grab a spoon and enjoy! Let us know how you like it by leaving a comment in the section below, or by tagging us on social media!  Without further ado, here is the delicious recipe.

a spoon full of cherry pie filling
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Cherry Pie Filling Recipe

Homemade Cherry Pie Filling is made with only 3 ingredients and comes together in just a few minutes. Make your own using fresh or frozen cherries simmered with a little sugar for a thick filling that is deliciously sweet!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword 3 ingredients, 30 minutes or less, fruit, pie
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 pie
Calories 1200 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 cups red cherries pitted
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Place your pitted cherries into a large saucepan. Cover and cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring often. (You want the cherries to simmer and release all their juices.)
  2. In a separate bowl, add the sugar and cornstarch and whisk until smooth.
  3. Pour the sugar mixture into the hot cherries and stir to combine.
  4. Bring to a low simmer, and cook for about 2 minutes or until thickened.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

Recipe Notes

*If your cherries turn out too sweet, add 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice.

Nutrition Facts
Cherry Pie Filling Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1200
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

thick cherry pie filling in a jar

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