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Cherry Pie Filling

June 22, 2016 (Last Updated: May 19, 2020)

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Make your own cherry pie filling using fresh tart pie cherries or sweet cherries.

Cherry pie filling in a glass crock.

Last weekend we made a quick trip to the Washington coast to attend my nephew’s graduation! He is the oldest of all our nieces and nephews and the first to graduate.

It was a great celebration. The only problem is we have 12 more nieces and nephews that will be graduating over the next several years. Okay, so that really isn’t a problem….It’s just a lot of graduations to attend and who knows where they will go to college. I hope we can attend them all!

Pie filling on a spoon.

On our trip we hit a roadside fruit stand and stopped to buy fresh cherries. We have cherry trees, but our cherries won’t be ready for another month. It was a treat to get some fresh picked cherries. I always tend to buy more than we can eat and ended up with a big bag after the trip. I decided to make cherry pie filling.

Usually I use sour pie cherries, but thought I’d try these sweet cherries! They were delicious and added a different flavor to the Cherry Almond Crisp I used them in.

What type of cherries do I use?

You can use sweet cherries, like a Bing or Ranier or you can use a tart pie cherry.

How is the cherry pie filling thickened?

The filling is thickened using corn starch.

A glass jar filled with cooked cherries.

Our trip was fast and over in the blink of an eye. My daughter is going to be a sophomore next year and the boys will be in 8th grade. I think these next few years will go fast and be over in the blink of an eye. I’d better slow everyone down and just enjoy the cherries!

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Homemade cherry pie filling. You control the amount of sugar!

Cherry Pie Filling

Homemade cherry pie filling
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 198 kcal


  • 2 pounds fresh cherries (or about 4 cups pitted cherries)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/4 cup water


  • Wash and pit cherries
  • Put all ingredients into a sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Stir until sugar and corn starch are dissolved.
  • Bring mixture to a simmer. Stir often to prevent scorching.
  • When mixture thickens, turn heat off and let cool



1. You can use sour or sweet cherries
2. Adjust the sugar for sweet cherries to approx. 2/3 cup.
3. If using sour cherries, start with 1 cup sugar. Add a 1/4 more if you like it sweeter.
4. Filling can be made ahead of time and stored in refrigerator.


Calories: 198kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 251mgFiber: 2gSugar: 39gVitamin A: 75IUVitamin C: 7.9mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 0.5mg
Keyword cherry pie filling, homemade cherry pie filling, sweet cherry pie filling
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.



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    [email protected]
    June 24, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Yum!! I have never made a cherry pie at home EVER. I think that needs to change since this pie filling looks outstanding!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      June 24, 2016 at 6:39 am

      Or….just make the cherry pie filing instead!

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    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    June 23, 2016 at 7:53 am

    I think I could eat these right out of the jar – who needs pie crust? So summertime perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      June 24, 2016 at 6:40 am

      No crust needed…just a spoon ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    June 23, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Time does go by so fast, doesn’t it? Better to enjoy every minute ๐Ÿ™‚ Love cherries and this filling looks delicious. The colour is so pretty! I bet this would be great over a big spoonful of greek yogurt too!

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      June 24, 2016 at 6:43 am

      It would be perfect over yogurt! Great idea!

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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    June 23, 2016 at 5:47 am

    So glad you got to your nephew’s graduation! My son Jonathan graduated last week (our first graduate) and it meant so much to us to have some family there. So jealous about your cherry trees. (But happy for you too. ๐Ÿ™‚ This cherry filling looks absolutely scrumptious, I would love it in a hand pie!

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      June 24, 2016 at 6:42 am

      I would need two hands pies…one for each hand ๐Ÿ™‚

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    David @ Spiced
    June 23, 2016 at 5:35 am

    That sounds like an awesome trip, Kathy! I’ve always wanted to visit the Northwest. And grabbing some cherries at a roadside stand? Genius! Now I want to go make cherry pie today…yum! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      June 24, 2016 at 6:41 am

      Gotta love those fruit stands ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    June 23, 2016 at 4:49 am

    This post is intriguing me because I was just telling my husband that I have finally nailed pie crust but have yet to master any type of filling. With cherry season upon us, it’s time to try again Kathy! Actually, I wanted to make a pie for Father’s Day but had no clue on the filling and you can’t just serve crust. Thanks!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    June 22, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    So funny Kathy, because I just made a cherry compote today!! Using it for some lemon poppyseed pancakes tomorrow morning for breakfast for my mom! Loving that it’s cherry season!

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      June 23, 2016 at 4:56 am

      Those pancakes sound delicious! Cherry season is here!

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    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    June 22, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Cherries are on sale right now for $1.99lb at my local store. I’m going to buy a couple of pounds and make cherry pie filling! Woohooo ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      June 23, 2016 at 4:56 am

      That’s a great price! Go buy some cherries!

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    June 22, 2016 at 10:53 am

    I am so happy cherry season has finally arrived, and there is nothing better than a fresh cherry pie! This filling looks so perfect, Kathy! Forget the pie, I’ll just take a few jars of this!! Cheers, friend!

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      June 23, 2016 at 5:00 am

      Eating it by the spoonful is totally optional:)

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    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    June 22, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Wow, Kathy, it looks so good I want to eat it all spoonful after spoonful! It would be delicious on pies, galettes, inside hand pies, on toast…yum! I love those roadside fruit stands, when we go to B.C. we stop every 2 minutes ๐Ÿ™‚ .

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      June 23, 2016 at 5:00 am

      So many options! I’d better buy more cherries!

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