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Cherry Cobbler

August 14, 2020 (Last Updated: November 9, 2020)

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Fresh picked sour pie cherries made into a delicious Cherry Cobbler. This classic dessert is easy to make and can be made with fresh or frozen cherries.

Cherry cobbler with red sour cherries topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

We planted several fruit trees when we first built our house 15 years ago. We started them as very small saplings and most produce fruit every year.

One of my favorite trees is our sour cherry tree, or a pie cherry tree. This tree doesn’t produce a lot of cherries, but we do get enough to make a cobbler and a cherry pie every year. Sometimes I have a bit more and I freeze a bag of cherries to use later in the year.

My grandmother always had a pie cherry tree so it was a must for our homestead too. Pie cherries are different than other cherries, like our bing cherry tree. First, they are very tart or sour. They are also a very soft juicy berry. I usually try to use these the same day I pick them. These cherries are most often used for baking and not for snacking like sweet cherries.

Pie cherries are difficult to find in most stores, because the shelf live is so short. You might be able to find them at your local farmer’s market or in the freezer section in some stores.

Fresh picked cherries in a white bowl and on a blue board.

Easy to make cobbler

A complete list of instructions is available below! Just scroll to the bottom!

This cobbler really is easy to make. You can mix the biscuit topping by hand or in a food processor.

  1. Mix pitted cherries with sugar and flour.
  2. Add to a greased baking dish.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt and baking powder.
  4. Mix in cold butter. I use my hands and gently smear the butter between my thumb and fingers into the flour mixture.
  5. Add milk and stir just until incorporated.
  6. Drop spoonfuls of dough on top of prepared cherries
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes

Can I use frozen cherries?

Yes, you can use frozen cherries in this cobbler. Add frozen cherries to a bowl and allow cherries to thaw. Do not discard any of the juices. Follow directions for making with fresh cherries. 

Cherry cobbler with a biscuit topping.

Substitutions and Variations

This biscuit topping can be used as a cobbler topping for almost any type of fruit cobbler. Some substitutions and variations include:

  • Use cherry pie filling – buy canned or make your own. Just add filling to a greased pan and add biscuit topping
  • Use fresh sweet cherries – Make filling using just a 1/2 cup of sugar and 3 Tablespoons of flour
  • Add ground cinnamon – add 1/2 teaspoon to the filling and 1/2 a teaspoon to the flour in the biscuit topping
  • For a slightly different taste, use brown sugar instead of granulated sugar in the filling
Cherry cobbler on a plate and in a casserole dish.

Frequently asked questions

How many pounds of fresh cherries do I need?

You’ll need approximately 2 pounds of fresh cherries for this recipe. Once pitted, it will equal about 6 cups of cherries.

Can I make this cobbler ahead of time?

This cobbler is best served the same day it is made. You can make in the morning and serve for dessert in the evening.

What do I serve with cherry cobbler?

This cobbler can be eaten by itself or topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s also delicious with a dollop of whipped cream or even a drizzle of heavy cream.

Baked cherry cobbler with a biscuit topping in a glass casserole dish.

More Cherry Recipes

Looking for more ways to use cherries? Check out these delicious recipes:

A scoop of ice cream on top of a sweet biscuit and cherries.

Another great cobbler recipe is this peach cobbler. 

Don’t forget to PIN for later!

Cherry cobbler with a biscuit topping on a white plate.

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Cherry cobbler with red sour cherries topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Cherry Cobbler

Cherry cobbler made with fresh sour pie cherries and topped with an easy biscuit topping.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 356 kcal


Biscuit Topping

  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons butter (cut into small pieces)
  • 2/3 cup milk


  • 6 cup fresh sour cherries (pitted)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional – for sprinkling on top of dough)


Biscuit Topping

  • In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  • Mix in butter with a pastry blender or your fingers until mixture is crumbly.
  • Add milk and stir just until combined. 


  • Combine cherries, sugar and flour in a bowl. Stir until combined.

Assembly of Cobbler

  • Place filling in a greased 8 x 10″ baking dish. 
  • Place large spoonfuls of biscuit dough on top of the filling.
  • Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar on top of biscuit dough.
  • Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes. 



  • You will need approximately 2 pounds of freshly picked cherries to make this recipe
  • Serve warm or at room temperature
  • Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a dollop of whipped cream or enjoy plain


Calories: 356kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 5gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 159mgPotassium: 433mgFiber: 3gSugar: 41gVitamin A: 362IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 107mgIron: 2mg
Keyword cherry cobbler, cherry desserts
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

This recipe was originally published in August of 2017. The photos and recipe have been updated.

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  • Reply
    Rahul @samosastreet
    August 21, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    I will definitely try this recipe. I made an easy peach cobbler the other day and it was great. But I wanted to find one for cherry and this looks great. Thanks!

    • Reply
      August 22, 2020 at 5:49 am

      Enjoy! 🙂

  • Reply
    August 19, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    5 stars
    Such a beautiful and comforting dessert! And lucky you to have a cherry tree! Delicious fruit and I imagine it has beautiful flowers in the spring. 🙂 ~Valentina

    • Reply
      August 19, 2020 at 7:35 pm

      The flowers are beautiful, but they only seem to stick around for a few days and then they are gone!

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    August 17, 2020 at 6:20 am

    5 stars
    Lucky you with the cherry tree! We tried to grow one, but didn’t work out for us. Love cherries, though, so usually get at the grocery now. This cobbler looks like a must try! Great way to kick off the week 🙂

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    David @ Spiced
    August 17, 2020 at 5:25 am

    5 stars
    I’m impressed the birds didn’t eat all of your cherries! This sounds like a delicious way to use that small crop of yearly cherries, too. I do love cobblers, and the ice cream on top is a requirement! Now I’m craving cherry cobbler… 🙂

    • Reply
      August 17, 2020 at 5:43 am

      Luckily we haven’t had a problem with the birds. If we did, I’d have to be out there fighting them for the cherries!

  • Reply
    August 14, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    5 stars
    How delicious, Kathy! This is the perfect dessert 🙂
    I cannot wait to have some fruit trees one day!!!

  • Reply
    October 22, 2018 at 11:38 am

    5 stars
    Thanks for this. I’m going to make it now.

    I always told my boys that the one that found a pit got to do the dishes!😂

    • Reply
      October 22, 2018 at 5:48 pm

      What a great idea! I’m not certain anyone would admit to finding a pit though, but then again, maybe that’s the idea! 🙂

  • Reply
    Agness of Run Agness Run
    August 25, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Yum! This is my kind of treat, Kathy! Can I use frozen instead of fresh cherries?

    • Reply
      August 26, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      Hi Agnes,
      I often use frozen fruit when baking so I think your could use frozen cherries in this cobbler. However, I have only used fresh cherries in this dish so far.

  • Reply
    Stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    August 19, 2017 at 5:42 am

    This is just so summer perfect!! Those cherries are everything!! And that topping. Pinned! Take care.

    • Reply
      August 19, 2017 at 8:18 am

      There’s nothing better than fresh picked cherries!

  • Reply
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
    August 17, 2017 at 11:34 am

    That’s so exciting that your cherry tree is finally producing enough fruit to make this cobbler!

    • Reply
      August 19, 2017 at 8:17 am

      I’m just hoping it will have tons next year!

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