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Grandma’s Cherry Pie

Grandma’s Cherry Pie makes everyone smile! Thousands have baked this simple cherry pie with frozen cherries and you can too!

We’ll take you through this homemade cherry pie recipe step-by-step. We even have a great video too!

Sound good?

The flaky pie crust is an all butter pie crust it’s just so delicious and bakes up perfectly every time. 

Our cherry pie recipe is so popular during the holidays too.  Folks love to serve this amazing juicy pie at Thanksgiving and it’s just the best Christmas Pie ever!

slice of grandma's cherry pie on a white plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top white brick wall in background

Another popular Holiday Pie is our Razzleberry Pie recipe.  You’ll love the flavors from the triple berry pie filling!

Now let’s discuss the elephant in the room.  What’s that you say?

Most people I talk to are really intimidated when it comes to making pies. But you really shouldn’t be!

It’s kind of like building in layers. Not quite as easy as some cakes, but not as difficult as others!

And take a little time. Homemaking Arts are making a comeback, but we must acknowledge they can’t be multi-tasked.

This is the cherry pie recipe my Grandma used. I can still smell a freshly baked pie right from the oven. That sweet and tangy cherry aroma, combined with the buttery pie crust!

Ingredients

Before starting, head to the grocery store and get all the ingredients you need. For equipment, be sure to have a large bowl. 

  • Frozen cherries (sweet or sour)
  • White sugar 
  • Corn starch
  •  Fresh lemon juice
  •  Unsalted butter
  •  All purpose flour
slice of cherry pie on a white plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, white plate on a red & white striped table runner

How to make the best cherry pie

Everything you need to make a sweet, delicious cherry pie from scratch is right here, from the crust, to the delicious homemade cherry pie filling.

This is an old fashioned recipe and a classic, passed down from my Grandma to me, and now from me to you! I’m so happy that you’re here, and you’re thinking of making this amazing pie for your family.

Cherry pie is right up there alongside pumpkin pie when it comes to the holidays.

My advice though? Double the batch, and bake two pies. Just wrap one up and pop it in the freezer until the next time.

TIPS TO MAKE THE BEST PIE

  1. You will need pastry dough for a two crust pie.  
  2. Follow the instructions carefully. 
  3. Watch the pie crust video first to get some practice.  Mix the dough, let it chill and then roll it out.  Pie crust loves to be cold!
  4. We use frozen cherries – sour or sweet & give the sugar adjustment below in the recipe card.
  5. Let the pie filling cool just a bit before you pour it into the pie shell.
  6. Bake your pie in the bottom third of the oven, and make sure you place a sheet of aluminum foil, or tray on the very bottom to catch any spills!
  7. Be sure you bake your pie long enough. Baking fruit pies isn’t hard, but there are some important tips to follow to avoid the dreaded soggy bottom!
  8. The filling should bubble up and to keep it from running over, use a Pie Bird.

This is the cherry pie recipe my Grandma used. I can still smell a freshly baked pie right from the oven.  That sweet and tangy cherry aroma, combined with the buttery pie crust!

Notes & FAQs to help you make the best cherry pie ever!

Can I use frozen cherries to make cherry pie?

Absolutely! Our favorite way is to use frozen pitted sweet cherries. That’s what we use in this recipe. If you have tart cherries, be sure to add more sugar. 

Can I use fresh cherries to make cherry pie?

Of course you can use fresh cherries, though this’ll require a little more preparation and a cherry pitter would be useful. Be sure to use fresh sweet cherries to get that delicious cherry flavor. If you have particularly sour cherries, remember to add more sugar to your cherry mixture.  

How long does it take to bake fruit pie?

Great question! The time shown in the recipe card is fairly accurate, but it all depends on your altitude and oven temperature. If unsure, use less baking time, as you can always add more time if needed.

Do you need to pre bake pie crust?

This recipe does not require you to pre bake the pie crust.

How to serve cherry pie

Always use a sharp knife to cut into slices. 

We love our pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but whipped cream will do just as well.

How to store pie

You should let the center of the pie cool to room temperature first.

Remove the pie from its pan and place it on a wire rack.

Once cool, store in an airtight container, or use plastic wrap. Your pie should last on the shelf for 2-3 days. 

Cherry pie filling

Recipe variations

There’s lots of different ways you can experiment with your pie. For the dough, try adding almond extract for a nuttier flavor. 

For the cherry filling, you could try using fresh cherries. 

If you have excess dough, you could even make a lattice top. 

Where did I get my inspiration for this recipe?

Cherry pie and summer go together like bees and honey! Am I right? The sweet juicy goodness of cherries smothered in a buttery flaky pie crust, well I don’t think there is anything that tastes sweeter.

My Grandma was a wonderful pie baker. Feeding the farm hands was a lot of work, and she perfected her pie crust and baking skills until they were an art form.

Fruit pies that just melted in your mouth, are one of my fondest memories.

Cherry pie was my Dad’s absolute favorite and Grandma always had a fresh cherry pie made when she knew we were coming for a visit!

Turns out my sweetie Mark loves cherry pie too! So I try to make it often. There’s nothing better than a pie warm from the oven, with a scoop of ice cream running down the sides. Hungry? Me too!

This Pie recipe is so popular it’s been featured at Ice Cream Inspiration as part of their weekly meal plan series! And also over at Operation 40K as part of a Cherry Pie Roundup! 🙂

Cherries are everywhere in grocery stores and markets, just about all year long. We eat them at home just like peanuts.

But when I’m ready to bake a pie, I want the easiest way possible, so I use fresh frozen cherries.

Making your cherry pie filling is the main part of this recipe, so we want the best ingredients possible!

Enjoy!

THANKS SO MUCH for following and being part of the Pie Lady Bakes community where you will find vintage recipes like Mom and Grandma used to make, but that are so easy!

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See you soon!

Judy

★★★★★ 

If you have made this delicious cherry pie, I would love to hear about it in the comments below and be sure to give it a 5 star rating! 

★★★★★ 

grandma's cherry pie on a white plate with ice cream, and the rest of the pie in a white pie dish in the background
Yield: 6

Grandma's Cherry Pie is Everyone's Favourite!

Grandma's Cherry Pie recipe is a simple, yet tried and true recipe that uses sweet frozen cherries and that will turn a novice baker into a rockstar! Homemade Cherry Pie tops the list of favorite summer fruit pies.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cherries, sweet - frozen or fresh pitted cherries*
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tbsp sugar* (1 cup sugar sour cherries)
  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • pie crust for a 2 crust pie (bottom layer and lattice pie crust top)

Instructions

  1. If using frozen cherries, make sure they are thawed.
  2. Cook cherries in a saucepan over medium heat until they start to simmer and the juice releases stirring continuously – you don’t want the cherries or sugar to burn. Remove from heat.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the sugar and cornstarch together. Add the lemon juice. Pour the mixture into the hot cherries and mix thoroughly.
  4. Put the cherry mixture back onto low heat, bring to a simmer once more and keep cooking until the filling has thickened, again stirring often. This should take about 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let it cool before using.
  6. Pour the cherry pie filling into your prepared pie crust, top with the second crust and crimp the edges.
  7. I would use a pie crust shield to keep the edges from overbrowning. 
  8. Place the cherry pie on a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes at 400F
  9. Reduce heat to 375F and then bake for another 30 to 35 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool.  

Notes

*Since updating this recipe I now use sweet frozen cherries as they are easier to find at the grocery store. If you do use sour cherries, increase to sugar to 1 cup.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 342Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 121mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 3gSugar: 47gProtein: 3g

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Judy Kahansky is an experienced writer and baker, creating delicious desserts (including pie!) for over 40 years. She loves to take classic and vintage recipes and update them to fit the busy lives of her readers. When not baking, Judy and her husband Mark are passionate golfers, travelers and dog lovers, spending as much time as they can with their sweet pup Millie.

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Josie Lewis

Tuesday 5th of September 2023

Did you bake this in a metal or glass dish? Asking for the temperature differences….

Judy Kahansky

Wednesday 6th of September 2023

Hi Josie, good question! I have baked the recipe in both a metal and glass dish, and not adjusted the oven temperature. My preference is to bake in a glass pie dish but that's just me.

Tina

Thursday 24th of November 2022

This Cherry pie is amazing! I did take liberty and add 1/8 tsp almond extract because my family luvs almond. Thanks for sharing!

Judy Kahansky

Monday 12th of December 2022

Hi Tina, so happy you love it. Almond always goes well with Cherry!

Shevawn Eaton

Friday 26th of November 2021

I made this pie for Thanksgiving. I used my secret cheater Pillsbury pie crust and Grandma’s recipe. I used 3/4 cup of sugar to bring out just a hint of tart. Perfect. The juice didn’t run all over the place. It baked like a lady. I’d not used corn starch before, but I will forever now. A tiny drop of vanilla too. I just have to fuss a little with every pie I make. Delicious. The men of this family cut into it while I washed dishes. I finally got my turn an it made me just sit down and marvel how delicious it was. Thank you for this recipe!.

Judy Kahansky

Friday 28th of January 2022

Oh Shevawn I'm so glad you loved it! It's a family favorite.

Renee Schouten

Tuesday 16th of February 2021

Hi, Can I use canned cherries? if so, how many cans? Thanks, Renee

Judy Kahansky

Saturday 20th of February 2021

Hi Renee, I don't recommend using canned cherries.

Jess

Thursday 30th of May 2019

Hey Judy!

What’s the bake time for using a frozen pre-made crust? Same as your recipe or follow the package instructions?

Thanks!

Bea

Monday 16th of September 2019

I love your recipe, the only change I make is that I grind up the quick cooking tapioca and use that instead of corn starch. Have you ever used it? If not please try it. You won't go back to cornstarch! It thickens without taste & it's clear. Thanks for sharing. I'm a huge fan.

Judy

Thursday 30th of May 2019

Hi Jess! Good question! I would follow the recipe instructions, and bake for the time stated, however I would recommend that you put a pie shield to cover the edges since premade pie crusts are usually quite thin around the edges. You can use foil or an actual pie shield that will protect the crusts from over baking.

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