Cherry recipes you need to make now!

girl holding large wooden bowl of cherries

Easy delicious cherry recipes for cherry season and beyond using fresh, frozen, and canned cherries!

Girl in a polka dot dress holding a bowl of fresh 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.

cherry faqs

How should you store fresh cherries?

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.

What’s the best way to pit a cherry?

I love my inexpensive cherry pitter, it does the job quickly and easily.

pitting fresh cherries with a cherry pitter

What’s the best way to freeze cherries?

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.

What’s the difference between sweet and sour cherries?

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.

a bowl full of fresh sweet cherries

Cherry Almond Crisp Dump Cake

Whoever said ‘easy as pie’ obviously never made this crisp! This cherry recipe is super convenient because it starts with a cake mix.

cherry almond crisp made with a cake mix in a bowl

Fresh Cherry Lemonade Popsicles

I dare you to find something more refreshing, these popsicles are bursting with fresh fruit flavor.

Cherry Lemonade Bars --- one of the joys of summer! |

Sweet Cherry Almond Bars

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.

Sweet Cherry Almond Bars are bursting with juicy cherries in a buttery crumble crust |

Fresh Cherry Dessert Sauce

This luscious sauce ice cream, cheesecake, pound cake, chocolate cake, even oatmeal!

Fresh cherry sauce on vanilla ice cream

Whitefish with Cherry Salsa

One bite and you’ll wonder why you never thought of this!

Grilled Whitefish with cherry jalapeño salsa

Cherry Chocolate Bourbon Soda

This luscious cocktail from Katie at the Kitchen Door starts with a bright homemade cherry soda, which would be delicious on its own.

What to Eat Now: Cherries! Cherry Cocktail

Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes with Cherry Compote

Don’t know about you, but I’d leap out of bed for these pancakes from The Beach House Kitchen.

What to Eat Now: Cherries ~ Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes with Cherry Compote

Sour Cherry Almond Bars

The cherries are nice and tart, the almond scented crumble dough is chewy and butterscotch-y!

cherry almond bars, sliced

Rainier Cherry Almond Tart

This easy almond scented tart can be a simple dessert, or a very elegant sidekick to a cup of good coffee.

Rainier Cherry Almond Tart 9

Cherry Salad with Quinoa and Fennel

The sweet and savory combination of Naturally Ella’s salad sounds delicious.

What to Eat Now: Cherries! Cherry Quinoa Bowl

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Spiced Cocktail Cherries

These spiced cherries are so good you’ll want to snack on them without the booze!

Spiced Cocktail Cherries in a mason jar

Cherry Gazpacho

Cherries are paired with tomatoes in this rustic Spanish soup from Williams Sonoma.

What to eat now: Cherries!

Roasted Cherry Ice Cream Sandwiches

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.

What to Eat Now: Cherries! Roasted Cherry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Cherry Smoothie

Dinner at the Zoo knocked it out of the park with that color!!

What to Eat Now: Cherries ~ Cherry Smoothie

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  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    June 17, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    What a delicious round up of cherry recipes Sue! Thanks so much for including mine!

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    Ellen Easton
    June 16, 2022 at 6:56 am

    Sue, your beautiful photography combined with your user friendly, yet imaginative recipes never cease to inspire. You have shown us life can be more than a bowl of cherries. Brava! Ellen Easton, Red Wagon Press

  • Reply
    August 15, 2018 at 3:58 am

    I made the Cerry Almond Bars and they never congealed. But it was so delicious!! The recipe is great!! Did I use too much fruit maybe?? I want to try again!!

    • Reply
      June 4, 2019 at 2:09 pm

      Hey Lynn ~ it sounds like your cherries were very juicy. The cornstarch should take care of thickening them. Maybe use a touch more next time.

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    July 30, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    There’s nothing better than summer cherries, what a delicious round up!

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    Liz Peters, Sweetness Squared
    July 29, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    5 stars
    Just have to tell you, I own a home-baking business, with a stall at a local Farmers market here in Vancouver. I made your Cherry Almond bars to sell at last week’s market, and were they ever a hit! Completely sold out, and people were looking for them again this week. I think they will become part of our regular rotation for sure!

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      July 29, 2018 at 9:09 pm

      This is so great, Vancouver is such a fabulous place and I’m thrilled to be a small part of the ‘foodie’ scene!!

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    July 29, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Wow! Who would’ve known you can do so many awesome things with cherries. I don’t think I would like them in a salad but I would definitely have them in a smoothie. Or that Cherry Chocolate Bourbon Soda! I’ve never had one before

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    July 29, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    5 stars
    So excited about all the gorgeous cherries! A fabulous group of recipes Sue! Thanks so much for including mine!

  • Reply
    July 29, 2018 at 11:58 am

    I bought a litre of pure cherry juice from an organic cherry farm. Do you have any suggestions on how I might use this? thanks.

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    Lynn A
    July 29, 2018 at 11:31 am

    5 stars
    I have a confession to make. I made your cherry salsa and fish recipe and it was, as promised amazingly delicious! The next day, I wanted to make a sandwich with some leftover shredded pork roast. As I was getting the pork from the fridge, I spied the little container of leftover cherry salsa. I thought, ‘why not?’ and spooned the salsa on top of the pork. OMG! The rich pork and tart, spicy cherry salsa was a marriage made in heaven! I love it when a recipe turns into a doubleheader! Keep those wonderful recipes coming and I’ll try to keep up! 🙂

    • Reply
      July 29, 2018 at 12:08 pm

      That’s a great idea, Lynn, in fact my husband really wanted me to do the cherry salsa with pork instead of fish, I guess he was on to something…now I’ve got to go make another batch of salsa so I can try it 😉

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    July 29, 2018 at 4:07 am

    5 stars
    I have cherries in my fridge now and see so many wonderful recipes to try. Love produce this time of year!

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