Who doesn't love a Cherry Crisp made with a warm, buttery oat topping? Homemade cherry pie filling takes this dessert recipe to the next level. Top it off with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream for the ultimate summer dessert.
Hey, cherry lovers! You're gonna want to try this quick and easy cherry crisp dessert! It's the perfect summer treat made with fresh fruit and served with a scoop of creamy vanilla bean ice cream. Trust me, it's amazing!
A few weeks ago we had an extra bag of fresh cherries in our fridge, so I used them to make this easy cherry crisp. I started by making this cherry pie filling recipe and then added the topping from this summer peach crisp.
Why You Will Love Cherry Crisp
Fruit crisp is so much easier to make than pie. No need to make or roll out a pie crust here. Just make a sweet homemade pie filling and sprinkle it with an oat crumble topping.
It's a delicious dessert made without much work. Perfect for impressing friends and family or simply indulging yourself after a long hard day.
- Easy to Make - You don't need any fancy techniques or equipment. Just mix the ingredients and pop it in the oven.
- Seasonal Fruit - Cherries are in season during the summer, so this a great recipe to make using fresh produce.
- Awesome Taste - The warm, sweet filling and crunchy, buttery topping creates an irresistible dessert.
- Versatile Dessert - Change up the flavor by using your favorite pie filling.
You probably have all the ingredients for this yummy cherry crisp recipe in your pantry right now! Just grab a big bag of fresh cherries from the store or farmer's market, and you're good to go!
- Cherry Pie Filling - You can make a homemade cherry pie filling or buy 2 cans of your favorite pie filling.
- Brown Sugar - Sweetens the topping.
- Flour - You can use all purpose, oat, almond, or gluten free flour for this recipe.
- Oats - We like the texture that old fashioned rolled oats give the topping. Feel free to use quick oats if that's all you have on hand.
- Spices - A mixture of cinnamon and nutmeg gives the oat topping a great flavor.
- Unsalted Butter - Melted butter is the "glue" that holds the topping ingredients together.
BruCrew Tip: Love chocolate? Try this chocolate cherry dessert instead!
How to Make Cherry Crisp
Wow your guests with this easy homemade cherry crisp for dessert! Simply make the pie filling ahead of time and add the topping when you're ready to bake. It'll be a crowd-pleaser in no time!
- Stir together flour, oats, brown sugar, and spices in a medium bowl.
- Melt butter and stir into the dry ingredients until it forms coarse crumbs.
- Spread cherry pie filling in the bottom of an 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish.
- Sprinkle the buttery crisp topping all over the pie filling. Bake until hot and bubbly and the top is golden. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
In the Refrigerator - Store the leftover cherry crisp in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
To Reheat - Heat the chilled cherry crisp in the microwave or the oven before serving.
Tips and Tricks
- You can use sweet cherries or tart cherries in this crisp. Bing cherries are a popular cherry in grocery stores during the summer.
- If you use tart cherries, you may want to add a little more sugar to the pie filling.
- Frozen pitted cherries can be used if fresh cherries are not available or are out of season. Drained canned cherries are also an option.
- Using canned pie filling? You will need 2 (21 ounces each) cans.
- Feel free to use your favorite flavor of pie filling in place of the cherry.
- Make this dessert ahead of time. Prep everything, but do not bake it. Cover and refrigerate it until later. Place the pan of crisp in the oven while you are eating dinner.
- Serve the warm cherry crisp with scoops of cherry vanilla ice cream or swirls of easy whipped cream.
Cherry crisp has pie filling topped with a mixture of oats, flour, sugar, and spices mixed with butter. As the topping bakes it forms a "crispy" topping. Cherry cobbler has pie filling baked with a batter, biscuits, or dumplings on top like in this strawberry cobbler.
Yes, you can. Frozen cherries will release more juice. You can either thaw them ahead of time and drain them well. Or you can add a little more cornstarch to the pie filling.
If you want to make this cherry crisp gluten free and dairy free, use a 1:1 gluten free baking blend and a vegan-friendly butter. Be sure your oats and cornstarch are gluten free too.
More Cherry Recipes
- Cherry Banana Bread
- Cherry Sweet Rolls
- Best Cherry Pie
- Cherry Coffee Cake
- Cherry Cheesecake Brownies
- Chocolate Cherry Cookie
- Cherry Danish
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*This post was first published August 2021. It was updated and republished June 2023.