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Cherry Cobbler

August 12, 2017 (Last Updated: June 18, 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.

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.

Can I use frozen cherries?

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

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.

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. 

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Cherry cobbler topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Cherry Cobbler made with fresh sour pie cherries

Cherry Cobbler

Cherry cobbler made with fresh sour pie cherries
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 326 kcal


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

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



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


Calories: 326kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 158mgPotassium: 433mgFiber: 2gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 360IUVitamin C: 7.3mgCalcium: 107mgIron: 1.8mg
Keyword cherry cobbler, cherry desserts
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  • 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!

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    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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