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Cherry Cobbler

August 12, 2017 (Last Updated: July 2, 2019)

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 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 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*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 158mg 7%
Potassium 433mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 57g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 33g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 7.2%
Vitamin C 8.8%
Calcium 10.7%
Iron 9.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    October 22, 2018 at 11:38 am

    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™‚

  • 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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