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Cherry Pie Filling

June 22, 2016 (Last Updated: October 27, 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 Rainier 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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A glass jar filled with cherry pie filling.

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
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  • Reply
    Mary Carter
    August 31, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    5 stars
    Can u make a peach pie filling using same ingredients except peaches instead of the cherries, an if so do you know approximately how many peaches wud be needed for a deep dish pie?thanks in advanxe.i too have always wondered how to make the homemade fillings an glad I ran across.going to my 1st family reunion this Sat an wanna make something homemade like my grandma an I used to do years ago

    • Reply
      August 31, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      I have only made this cherry pie filling using cherries. I’m not certain how peaches you would use instead of the cherries. Enjoy your family reunion!

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    Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life
    June 28, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    This looks absolutely scrumptious!! I need to try making this! I’ll be sharing it on my FB page on Thursday morning. Glad you shared it at our party this week! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      June 29, 2016 at 6:58 am

      Thanks, Michelle! This pie filling is so easy to make. Give it a try!

  • Reply
    June 24, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    You must be kidding, I was searching for a homemade cherry pie filling parallel to visiting my favorite blogs. ๐Ÿ™‚ Search is over, I plan to make a cherry cheesecake soon and was not sure what is meant with the canned cherry pie filling, we don’t have that in Germany. Now I know and it couldn’t be easier, I will use your recipe for the cheesecake.

    • Reply
      June 25, 2016 at 6:24 am

      I’ve got you covered! Can’t wait to see your cheesecake ๐Ÿ™‚

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    [email protected]
    June 24, 2016 at 6:49 am

    5 stars
    Yep, just give me a spoon and I’ll be a happy little camper! And that color is divine!

    • Reply
      June 25, 2016 at 6:24 am

      A spoon is all you need ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    June 24, 2016 at 2:39 am

    Oh wow! What a vibrant and pretty pink color. I love cherry pie and I guess I can use this filling for many more purposes as well! Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      June 24, 2016 at 6:39 am

      The color is pretty amazing!

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