If you love to bake, you may be wondering what kind of yummy desserts you can make with cherries. While cherry pies and cobblers are popular, there are so many more delicious cherry dessert recipes waiting to be made. Whether you use your own fresh cherries that you picked during the summer or canned cherry filling from the store, these cherry dessert recipes are guaranteed to make your mouth water. Let's begin!
Easy Mini Cherry Cheesecakes
Recipe Source: Taste Of Home
If you don't have a lot of time for baking, this recipe is for you. Instead of being a large cake, these cherry cheesecakes are in the form of cupcakes. That way, you have the option of how many cherry cheesecakes you want to make. It only takes 20 minutes for prep, and 15 minutes for baking. Here is the recipe for these delicious mini cherry cheesecakes.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Combine crumbs and butter; press gently onto bottoms of 12 foil-lined muffin cups. In another bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla. Add egg; beat on low speed just until combined. Spoon over crusts.
- Bake until centers are almost set, 12-15 minutes. Cool completely.
- For topping, drain cherries, reserving 1/2 cup juice in a saucepan; discard remaining juice. To reserved juice, add cherries, sugar, cornstarch and, if desired, food coloring. Bring to a boil; cook until thickened, about 1 minute. Cool; spoon over cheesecakes. Refrigerate, covered, at least 2 hours.
Cherry Pie Bars
Recipe Source: The Country Cook
If you love cherry pie, you are going to love these easy dessert bars. They look and taste just like cherry pie, except that they are cut into bars. This makes them easy to serve.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. almond extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 (21 oz.) cans cherry pie filling
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
- Preheat oven to 350°f. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, and salt until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts.
- Gradually add flour.
- Spread 3 cups dough into a greased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Spread with pie filling.
- In a small bowl, mix confectioner’s sugar, extracts, and enough milk to reach desired consistency; drizzle over top.
Cherry Berry Smoothie
Recipe Source: Midwest Living
Do you like smoothies? If so, you'll love this cherry smoothie. It combines cherries, milk, yogurt, blueberries or raspberries, juice concentrate, honey, and vanilla. It is very healthy for you and very delicious.
- In a blender combine 1/2 cup cherries, milk, yogurt, blueberries, juice concentrate, honey, and vanilla. Cover and blend about 45 seconds or until smooth. Add ice cubes. Cover and blend about 15 seconds more or until smooth. Pour into two chilled glasses.
- If you like, top each with additional cherries or chopped dried cherries.
Easy Cherry Crumb Bars
Recipe Source: Midwest Living
There are many frozen cherry recipes, and this is one of them. These easy cherry crumb bars are so easy and quick to make. Although they do not contain cherry filling, they still taste like cherries. Here is the recipe for this cherry dessert recipe.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil over edges of the pan. Lightly coat foil with cooking spray; set pan aside.
- Place cookie mix in a large bowl. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Remove 1 cup of the mixture for topping. Stir egg, vanilla, and almond extract into the remaining crumb mixture until combined. Press mixture evenly onto the bottom of the prepared baking pan. In a medium bowl stir together cherries and sugar; spoon evenly over mixture in pan. Sprinkle with the reserved crumb mixture.
- For the icing, in a small bowl, stir together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and enough milk to make a drizzling consistency.
- Bake about 45 minutes or until topping is golden. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Drizzle with Powdered Sugar Icing. Let stand until icing is set. Using the edges of the foil, lift uncut bars out of the pan. Cut into bars.
Easy Cherry Pie
Recipe Source: Pillsbury
There are so many recipes using cherry pie filling, but perhaps the most popular recipe is cherry pie. Here is an easy cherry pie recipe from Pillsbury.
- Heat oven to 425°F. Make pie crusts as directed on box for Two-Crust Pie, using a 9-inch glass pie plate.
- Spoon pie filling into crust-lined plate. Top with second crust; seal edge and flute. Brush top crust with milk; sprinkle with sugar. Cut slits in several places on the top crust.
- Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown. After 15 to 20 minutes of baking, cover crust edge with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning. Cool at least 1 hour before serving.
Cherry Chip Cake
Recipe Source: Completely Delicious
This next recipe is basically a white chip cake with added cherries. The cherries give it a pretty pink coloring, as well as a sweet taste. It is very easy to make and the result is delicious.
For the cake:
For the buttercream frosting:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour two 8-inch round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper.
- Drain the maraschino cherries, reserving the juice. In a food processor or with a sharp knife, finely chop the cherries. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand-held mixer, beat the butter and sugar at high speed until light and fluffy. This will take about 5 minutes. Scrape down the bowl and add the egg whites one at a time, mixing after each. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and mix until combined.
- In a separate bowl, combine the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a smaller bowl, combine the buttermilk and maraschino cherry juice. Add the flour mixture to the mixer in 3 additions, alternating with the buttermilk mixture. Mix after each addition and scrape down the bowl as necessary. Stir in the chopped maraschino cherries.
- Divide the batter evenly between the cake pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs, about 30-35 minutes. Let cool in the pans 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
How to make the cake:
- Place the butter, sifted powdered sugar, heavy cream, vanilla extract and almond extract in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (alternately you can use a hand-held mixer). Mix on low speed until moistened, then increase speed to high and beat until smooth and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes.
- Place one cake layer on a plate or cake stand. Cover with 1/2 cup of the buttercream frosting. Place a second cake layer on top and cover tops and sides with remaining buttercream. Let firm up for at least 30 minutes in the fridge before serving.
- Store cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
How to make the frosting and assemble the cake:
There are so many delicious cherry dessert recipes that you can make. In this article, I went over six of the best cherry dessert recipes. These cherry dessert recipes are very easy to make. Some of them you may have heard of before, while others are more unique. I hope this article has inspired you to start baking these cherry dessert recipes. Whether you make the popular cherry pie or a more unique recipe, these cherry dessert recipes are guaranteed to become a favorite at your house. Have fun!