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Cherry Cobbler

August 12, 2017 (Last Updated: August 1, 2019)

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Fresh picked sour pie cherries made into a delicious Cherry Cobbler.

Homemade Cherry Cobbler served on a white plate.

After 12 years, our pie cherry tree has finally produced enough cherries for me to make a dessert.  

The temperatures are HOT, HOT, HOT right now. It is summer, so it’s not unusual. What is unusual is the night time temperatures aren’t dropping to a nice cool temperature.

These hot temperatures have put a stop on any baking I want to do. It just makes the house too darned hot. I had to make an exception with this cherry cobbler. I’ve waited 12 years for these cherries – I couldn’t just say, maybe next year!

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

I turned on the oven and made a cherry cobbler! I did bake it early in the morning before it turned too hot. I kept the exhaust fan running and hoped the morning breeze would carry all the hot oven heat right out the windows. I think it worked, but even if it didn’t, this cobbler was worth cranking on the oven.

How to pick sour cherries

I like to pick my cherries with the stems on.It usually makes the pitting just a bit easier. Sour pie cherries are very soft and the seed usually comes out fairly easy.

I know there are a lot of gadgets and trendy methods for pitting cherries, but I just do it all by hand. My method is to do it over the kitchen sink because it gets messy. I grab a cherry with the stem and gently pull the stem while I squeeze the cherry. Usually the seed slides right out. Sometimes, the stem just pops off. In that case, I squeeze the cherry until it splits and then the seed follows. Trust me, this gets messy.

Homemade cobbler in a glass baking dish.

What ingredients do I need for cherry cobbler?

  • flour
  • baking powder
  • salt 
  • sugar
  • butter
  • milk
  • sour cherries
  • flour
  • sugar

My grandmother always had a huge sour pie cherry tree and I remember her making cherry pies and cherry cobblers during the summer. She also canned several jars of cherries to use during the winter. She had a lot of cherries to pit. She always told us that if we found a seed in our pie, it was considered good luck!

I also use other cherries for delicious desserts! Check out this cherry pie filling, cherry cake and this cherry almond crisp!

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!

A white plate topped with a cherry dessert and a scoop of ice cream.

If you make this recipe, Iā€™d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

5 from 3 votes
Cherry Cobbler made with fresh sour pie cherries
Cherry Cobbler
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Cherry cobbler made with fresh sour pie cherries

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry cobbler, cherry desserts
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 326 kcal
Author: Kathy
Biscuit Topping
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons butter cut into small pieces
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 6 cup fresh sour cherries pitted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
Biscuit Topping
  1. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.

  2. Mix in butter with a pastry blender or your fingers until mixture is crumbly.

  3. Add milk and stir just until combined. 

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

Assembly of Cobbler
  1. Place filling in a greased 8 x 10" baking dish. 

  2. Place large spoonfuls of biscuit dough on top of the filling.

  3. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes. 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

The cherry filling is tart. You can add an additional 1/4 cup of sugar for a sweeter filling.Ā 

Nutrition Facts
Cherry Cobbler
Amount Per Serving
Calories 326 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 158mg7%
Potassium 433mg12%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 360IU7%
Vitamin C 7.3mg9%
Calcium 107mg11%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    October 22, 2018 at 11:38 am

    5 stars
    Thanks for this. Iā€™m going to make it now.

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

    • 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! šŸ™‚

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    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!

  • Reply
    August 17, 2017 at 9:49 am

    5 stars
    This is a wonderful summertime dessert and I especially love how it’s attached to some sweet memories of your grandmother! šŸ™‚ Pinned!

    • Reply
      August 19, 2017 at 8:03 am

      I agree! It is wonderful summer dessert!

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    August 16, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Oh gosh, your cherries look just perfect!! And I bet they taste amazing!! I totally don’t blame you for turning on the oven to use them in this cobbler!! Looks just perfect, friend… now if only you could deliver! šŸ˜‰ cheers!

    • Reply
      August 17, 2017 at 5:43 am

      Ha! Maybe next year! šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    August 15, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    I wouldn’t wait either after 12 years! Heat or no heat – that oven would be going on! haha I love sour cherries and this cobbler sounds just delicious!

    • Reply
      August 17, 2017 at 5:43 am

      It was worth turning on the oven! The cherry cobbler was so delicious!

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    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    August 15, 2017 at 10:40 am

    I just love cobblers, crisps, and crumbles! And sour cherries have slowly become one of my favorite fruits, so tart and sweet at the same time, so pretty and with a gorgeous crimson color. It must be nice to have a cherry tree, we would love that! Your cobbler looks fantastic and easy to make!

    • Reply
      August 17, 2017 at 5:42 am

      We have so many of the same food tastes. Fruit desserts are some of my favorites!

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    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    August 15, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Wow! You have a cherry tree? That’s wonderful. I love cherry recipes and this cherry cobbler looks so divine and delish. I would love to try this before the cherry season ends.

    • Reply
      August 15, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      We do have a cherry tree! Actually we have one pie cherry tree and one bing cherry tree. We also have a plum, two pear and several apple trees. The pie cherry tree has been the slowest to produce.

  • Reply
    August 14, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    This has my cherry-loving hubby’s name allll over it. Okay, and mine too. Looks SO good- cannot wait to try it!

    • Reply
      August 15, 2017 at 5:36 am

      Sounds like this is the perfect dessert for you two!

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    August 14, 2017 at 7:41 am

    5 stars
    For some reason, we couldn’t get our cherry tree to grow so totally jelly over yours šŸ˜‰ This cobbler looks so good, Kathy and I’m sure it’s extra special to eat cause you made with your very own cherries!!

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      August 15, 2017 at 5:36 am

      Oh no! It’s so frustrating when a tree or plant won’t produce anything at all.

  • Reply
    August 14, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Oh my gosh, how awesome that you have a cherry tree!! And I can see why you couldn’t wait t o make this after waiting 12 years for those cherries!! That’s dedication šŸ™‚ And this dessert looks like it was worth the wait…. Enjoy šŸ™‚

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      August 15, 2017 at 5:34 am

      The tree was nothing more than a little stick with roots when we planted it. I think if we started with a larger one it wouldn’t have taken nearly as long.

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    David @ Spiced
    August 14, 2017 at 5:07 am

    Haha! I love your grandma’s way of getting around the odd pit here and there! šŸ™‚ But I do agree with you about pitting cherries. Man, that makes a mess! I have to always remember to put an apron on…and as Laura will attest, I’m not always the best at remembering to do that! I’m so glad your tree produced enough cherries for a whole dessert. This cobbler sounds right up my alley! Our cherry tree produced about 5 cherries this year…which is 5 more than last year, so I’ll take it. Haha! Thanks for the yummy recipe, Kathy!

    • Reply
      August 15, 2017 at 5:33 am

      Just wait a few more years and you’ll have a huge crop of cherries!

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    August 12, 2017 at 8:23 am

    this is a must try .. I LOVE cherries. thank you for the recipe šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      August 13, 2017 at 6:48 am

      You’re welcome! This is a great recipe using fresh cherries!

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