Easy delicious cherry recipes for cherry season and beyond using fresh, frozen, and canned cherries!
Cherry season takes me by surprise every year ~ in California it starts in April, and goes through August, depending on where you are. June is really high season for this uniquely delicious fruit. These cherry recipes will work with fresh, frozen, or canned fruit, so no one has to lose out.
Store fresh cherries wrapped in paper towels or in a paper bag, in the refrigerator. Don’t wash them before storing they should be dry, not wet.
I love my inexpensive cherry pitter, it does the job quickly and easily.
Wash them, remove the stems, and then pit them. Lay them out in a single layer on a baking sheet lines with waxed or parchment paper (to prevent sticking.) Put the tray in the freezer until the cherries are hard. Then transfer the cherries to heavy duty zip lock freezer bags, pushing out any extra air as you zip them up. Label the bags and use within a year.
Sweet cherries are the most common type of cherry you’ll see in your supermarket. There are 2 main varieties: Bing and Ranier (which are yellow.) They have a sweet flavor and these are the ones we eat out of hand.
Sour cherries are a special variety grown in the upper Midwest. They are, as you might expect, sour, but this makes them delicious when baked into pies, etc. If you don’t live in the Midwest you can find them frozen or canned.
Whoever said ‘easy as pie’ obviously never made this crisp! This cherry recipe is super convenient because it starts with a cake mix.
I dare you to find something more refreshing, these popsicles are bursting with fresh fruit flavor.
When you’re done gorging on fresh cherries, bake them up into these juicy almond bars. Almonds, almond meal, and almond extract make this a cherry and almond lover’s dream.
One bite and you’ll wonder why you never thought of this!
This luscious cocktail from Katie at the Kitchen Door starts with a bright homemade cherry soda, which would be delicious on its own.
Don’t know about you, but I’d leap out of bed for these pancakes from The Beach House Kitchen.
The cherries are nice and tart, the almond scented crumble dough is chewy and butterscotch-y!
This easy almond scented tart can be a simple dessert, or a very elegant sidekick to a cup of good coffee.
The sweet and savory combination of Naturally Ella’s salad sounds delicious.
These spiced cherries are so good you’ll want to snack on them without the booze!
Cherries are paired with tomatoes in this rustic Spanish soup from Williams Sonoma.
Love these ice cream sandwiches from The Bojon Gourmet…the cherries for the ice cream are first roasted in sugar and bourbon, and the fudgey brownie cookies are gluten free.
Dinner at the Zoo knocked it out of the park with that color!!