Sweet, tart cherry filling and a crisp almond topping combine to make an easy and delicious summertime dessert. Whether topped with a scoop of ice cream or served alone, this is a treat that will have you coming back for more.
Easy Cherry Crisp
This cherry crisp has been a staple in our household for years now. Sometimes we’ll serve the dessert with homemade vanilla ice cream, but there have been times when we just eat it hot from the pan.
And who could say no to sweet dark cherries with just a hint of tartness? As if that weren’t enough, the rich filling is topped with a crisp almond layer. There’s a hint of almond in the cherries as well and the combination is a great one.
The whole recipe comes together in minutes, meaning that you can have a hearty cherry crisp at your fingertips within the hour!
Cherry Crisp with Frozen Cherries
No matter what time of year it is, with a bag of frozen cherries, this crisp can be made with very little effort.
And if you’re using frozen cherries, they won’t even need to be pitted! Spring or fall, this is a dessert that’s good for all seasons.
Cherry Crisp with Fresh Cherries
Remember what I said earlier about frozen cherries not having pits? Well, if you’re using fresh cherries that need pitted, you don’t need to worry about that either.
If you have a few minutes to spare, you can even pit cherries with a straw or paperclip. Pitting cherries with a straw only takes three steps: remove the stem, place the straw where the stem used to be on the cherry, then push through the cherry, keeping both hands steady. That’s it!
Using a paperclip is very similar: just pull the outside end of the clip away from the body of the clip, remove the stem from the cherry, and push the wide end of the paperclip through the cherry. It’ll scoop out the pit as if the paperclip were designed just for cherry-pitting.
Cherry Almond Crisp
You will need the following ingredients to make this recipe:
- frozen cherries
- almond extract
- fresh lemon juice
- old fashioned oats
- light brown sugar
- sliced almonds
Cherry Crisp Recipe
You’ll start this recipe for cherry crisp by preheating the oven to 400°. Grease an 8×8 pan with butter. Place the cherries in a medium-sized bowl and sprinkle with the sugar, cornstarch, and salt.
Stir to coat the fruit and drizzle with almond extract and lemon juice. Set the fruit mixture aside while assembling the topping.
In a separate mixing bowl, stir together the oats, flour, brown sugar, and almonds, if desired. Add the butter and stir with a fork until crumbs form.
Pour the cherry mixture into the greased pan and sprinkle the oat mixture on top of the fruit. Bake for 25-28 minutes, until the crisp topping, has browned and the fruit liquids are bubbling. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
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Cherry Filling Ingredients
- 12 ounces frozen dark sweet cherries
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Crisp Topping Ingredients
- ¾ cup old-fashioned oats
- ¾ cup flour
- ⅓ cup light brown sugar
- ½ cup butter melted
- ¼ cup sliced almonds optional
- Preheat the oven to 400°. Grease an 8×8 pan with butter. Place the cherries in a medium-sized bowl and sprinkle with the sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Stir to coat the fruit and drizzle with almond extract and lemon juice. Set aside while assembling the topping.
- In a separate mixing bowl, stir together the oats, flour, brown sugar, and almonds, if desired. Add the butter and stir with a fork until crumbs form. Transfer the cherry mixture into the greased pan and sprinkle the oat mixture on top of the fruit.
- Bake for 25-28 minutes, until the crisp topping, has browned and the fruit liquids are bubbling. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.