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Cherry Cobbler

August 14, 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
    [email protected]
    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! 🙂 Pinned!

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      August 19, 2017 at 8:03 am

      I agree! It is wonderful summer dessert!

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    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! 😉 cheers!

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      August 17, 2017 at 5:43 am

      Ha! Maybe next year! 🙂

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    [email protected]
    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!

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      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!

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      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.

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      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.

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    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 😉 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.

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    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 🙂 And this dessert looks like it was worth the wait…. Enjoy 🙂

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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! 🙂 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!

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      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 🙂

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      August 13, 2017 at 6:48 am

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

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