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Cherry pie with a few slices cut, on a wire cooling rack with fresh cherries in the background.
Cherry Pie
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Chill Time
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 50 mins

Old-fashioned cherry pie! Loaded with fruit swimming in a jammy glaze, baked in a buttery, flaky crust. Use fresh or frozen fruit, sour or sweet cherries!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best cherry pie recipe, cherry pie, cherry pie recipe, how to make cherry pie
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 136 kcal
  1. Roll out the top and bottom crust to an inch or two larger than your pie dish.

  2. Place the bottom crust in the pie dish (allowing the excess to drape over the sides), slip into a plastic bag, and chill in the refrigerator.

  3. Place a sheet of parchment paper over the top crust, roll it into a cylinder, place it in a plastic bag, and chill in the refrigerator.

  4. Place the cherries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and salt in a large pot and toss to coat.

  5. Cook the cherry mixture over low heat until the juices have thickened and the filling is lightly simmering (approximately 5 minutes).

  6. Transfer the filling to a heat-safe bowl, stir in the almond extract, and allow it to cool completely.

  7. When the filling is completely cooled, spoon it into the chilled bottom crust, then dot the top with butter.

  8. Remove the top crust from the refrigerator, unroll it, and cut it into strips.

  9. Arrange the strips over the filling in a lattice pattern. (For info on how to do this, click here: How to Make a Lattice Pie Crust.)

  10. Trim away any excess pie dough, turn the edges under, and crimp in a decorative pattern.

  11. Brush the top crust with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar, if using.

  12. Chill the unbaked pie for 10 to 15 minutes while preheating the oven to 425 degrees F.

  13. Bake the pie until the crust is golden brown and crisp, the filling is bubbling and thick, and the cherries are softened (approximately 45 minutes). (If the edges of the pie are browning too quickly, cover them with foil.)

  14. Allow the pie to cool completely before slicing.

Recipe Notes

Serve with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Cherry Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 82mg4%
Potassium 187mg5%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 151IU3%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.