Fresh cherries are amazing all on their own, but don't stop there. We've got 100 mouthwatering, must-try cherry recipes ranging from savory to sweet. Make the most of this flavorful fruit and enjoy every bite during its in-season moment.
Cherry SlidecarCherry bitters, cherry liqueur and a brandied cherry flavor Jonny Raglin's favorite Sidecar variation. At Comstock, he makes the drink with pickled cherry bitters concocted by his business partner and "resident mad scientist," Jeff Hollinger.
Cherry and Pistachio Rugelach
You can switch out the cherry preserves and dried cherries for another fruit that comes in both spread and dried form, such as apricot, currant, or blueberry.
Grilled Chicken Salad With CherriesGolden-red Rainier cherries look prettiest in this salad, but any fresh sweet cherries will do.
Pear and Sour Cherry Crisp with Oat-Hazelnut Topping
This fruit crisp features a pear and cherry mixture topped with crumbly oat and hazelnut clusters.
Papaya-Blueberry-Cherry Breakfast Bowls
A feast for your eyes and your mouth, this bright bowl pops with a myriad of tasty, crunchy components.
Stir-Fried Cherries with Chocolate Chip ConesServe a quick version of cherries jubilee by making a simply cherry sauce from cherry jelly, sweet cherries, and cherry brandy.
Cherry-Orange Tequila Cocktail
A slow pour creates pretty layers of cherry and orange for this tequila-spiked rainbow in a glass
Cherry Pie Bars
A classic cherry dessert is baked into a crowd-pleasing, more portable treat. Make and store these bars, wrapped in aluminum foil, for up to three days.
Cherry-Plum Pie with Cornmeal Crust
If you don't have a cherry pitter, try inserting a wooden chopstick through the stem end of each cherry to remove the pits.
Grilled Camembert with Macerated Cherries and Rosemary
Camembert with Macerated Cherries and Rosemary is a gooey, melty, grilled treat. Tip: If you can't find Camembert cheese, Brie works as a nice substitute. Serve with table water crackers.
Seared Steaks with Red Wine-Cherry SauceA rich cherry sauce complements beef tenderloin in this 40-minute dinner of Seared Steaks with Red Wine-Cherry Sauce.
Severed Hand Pies
This freaky-delicious treat serves up classic flavors with a Halloween twist. Impress your guests with sweet cherry filling in flakey puff pastry... in the shape of a human hand.
Cherry-Almond GranitaAlmonds and cherries are a classic pair; here, they make a stunning dessert. If you find dark sweet cherries in season, use them in place of the frozen cherries.
Cherry-Chocolate ThumbprintsCherry-Chocolate Thumbprints feature the irresistible flavor combination of cherry and chocolate.
Wheat bran and yogurt bump up the protein and fiber so you'll stay fueled. Mashed banana adds moisture and sweetness without noticeable banana flavor, while browned butter lends nutty depth.
Cherry, Chicken, and Pecan Wheat Berry SaladWhat a fantastic combo! If you can't find fresh cherries, add 1/4 cup boiling water to 1/4 cup dried cherries. Let stand 10 minutes; drain and chop.
White Cake with Bourbon Buttercream and Seven-Minute Frosting
Top this cake with Sugar-Coated Orange Slices and Sparkling Cherries.
Piñata Punch Freeze
Reminiscent of a soda shop shake, Piñata Punch Freeze is piled high with whipped cream and a cherry on top to finish. However, unlike the classic milkshake, this modern blend packs a major punch using green tea flavored ice cream over traditional vanilla.
Chocolate-Black Cherry Soda Ice Cream FloatWho doesn't love a towering milkshake? Treat yourself tonight.
Bing Cherry Sorbet with ProseccoFor extra cherry essence, top with chopped fresh cherries.
Cherry-Chip Chewy Crispy BarsCherry-Chip Chewy Crispy Bars become grown-up fare with the addition of dried cherries to this variation of a favorite childhood treat.
Cherry FrostCherry Frost is composed of black cherry liqueur, brandy, crushed iced, and then topped off with sparkling white wine. Of course, no cocktail is complete without a maraschino cherry on top!
Chocolate Cherry Coconut Brownies
Recipe by Amanda Haas, culinary director of Williams-Sonoma and author of The Anti-Inflammation Cookbook (Chronicle Books, 2016). Although you can use all-purpose wheat flour, gluten-free flour (in combination with coconut oil) makes these brownies more tender and luscious. Let chill overnight for a firmer, easier-to-cut brownie.
Cherry-Hazelnut Cake with Streusel Topping
The Pacific Northwest's cherry crop runs from May through early July. Use a sweet fresh cherry such as Bing or Rainier for this hearty cake. You can substitute frozen cherries, thawed and drained, if fresh fruit is unavailable.
Cherry Cheesecake ParfaitsInstant pudding mix and cherry pie filling make this a quick and easy dessert.
Warm Brown Rice and Chickpea Salad with Cherries and Goat CheeseFresh cherries add a meaty bite and tart-sweet flavor. If you can't find fresh cherries, add 2 tablespoons boiling water to 1/4 cup unsweetened dried cherries. Let stand 10 minutes; drain and chop.
Spiced AmbrosiaClassic ambrosia is spiced with peppercorns and is topped with sweetened coconut and maraschino cherries.
Cherry and Sunflower Seed Kale SaladPerfect for a light lunch or side, this Cherry and Sunflower Seed Kale Salad features a homemade honey-mustard vinaigrette. The dried cherries and sunflower seeds give the kale an extra crunch with a sweet and salty finish.
Poached Fruit over Vanilla Frozen YogurtAny unsweetened juice (such as apple or cherry) will work. We love a mix of dried plum, pear, and apple. Dried figs, apricots, and cherries would also be delicious.
Cherry-Almond Upside-Down CakeCherries and almonds have a natural affinity; in fact, cherry pits have a bitter almond flavor. The ease of this special dessert belies its gorgeous appearance. If you're pitting the cherries, be sure to work over a bowl and save any accumulated juice, which should be added to the recipe with the cherries.
Fresh Cherry SalsaZippy red pepper jelly sends Fresh Cherry Salsa over the top. Serve Fresh Cherry Salsa over chicken, pork, with chips, or with our Pulled Pork Griddle Cakes.
Grilled Pork Loin Steaks with Cherry-Plum Sauce
Make the Cherry-Plum Sauce three to four days ahead, and reheat over low heat. If it's too thick, add water, a little at a time, until it reaches desired consistency.
A blend of fruit liqueurs and rum create this delicious, tropical cocktail. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and cherry.
Easy Cherry CobblerThis Easy Cherry Cobbler is a simple solution for someone with a sweet tooth.
Chicken in Cherry Marsala SauceIf you can't find dried cherries, use regular dried cranberries.
Ambrosia MacaroonsGive these soft, chewy macaroons a different look by garnishing with candied fruit like orange peels or green cherries.
Garnish this classic cocktail with an orange twist and a maraschino cherry.
Wild Rice Salad with Dried Cherries and Parsley
This grain salad tastes equally delicious when served warm or at room temperature. If serving at room temperature, let rice cool completely before adding the parsley and cherries.
First Kiss Cupcakes
As sweet as love's first kiss, our chocolate and cherry cupcake is special. One bite and you'll fall in love, and all with a cherry on top!
Cherry-Merlot GranitaOrange rind, orange juice, sweet cherries, and merlot are sweetened with a simple syrup and then frozen to make this Cherry-Merlot Granita.
Cherry, Citrus, and Herb Whiskey Cocktail
There's nothing old-fashioned about this herb-and-citrus spin on a classic. To make a lemon peel twist, slice a piece of the peel off the lemon, Then, cut off the pulp and pith so you only have a long, thin strip of peel. Twist the peel into a curly shape and garnish at will. If you really dislike rosemary, you could use another strongly flavored herb, like thyme. The hardest part about this cocktail? The anticipation of waiting for the ice cubes to freeze so you can enjoy it.
Cherry-Port Cranberry Sauce
Port adds a grown-up twist, but you can sub unsweetened cherry or pomegranate juice, if you like.
Start with a package of frozen meatballs and cook with bottled barbecue sauce and cherry preserves for this easy, 5-ingredient appetizer.
Sweet and Tangy Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Red Potato Mash
Using jelly rather than preserves in the glaze helps maintain a smooth texture, but you can use either. Instead of grape, try strawberry, cherry, red currant, or even jellied cranberry sauce.
Cherry Bonbon CookiesThese maraschino cherry cookies come from a family recipe that's over 30 years old.
Double-Cherry PiesDried fruit provides rich, concentrated cherry flavor, a contrast to the tart frozen cherries. The white, creamy chocolate topping drizzles the pies with sweetness.
Cherry-Chocolate Chip LoavesTry substituting sweetened dried cranberries for the cherries…a bit tangy, but just as yummy.
Cherry-Pecan BrieCherry-Pecan Brie is a five-ingredient appetizer you can have ready in about 10 minutes.
Cornish Hens with Cherry GlazeGinger gives the sweet-tart cherry glaze a little bite atop roasted Cornish game hens.
Spiced Coconut-Cherry MoldIn order for the cherries to set in a single layer, be sure to stick to the timing instructed in Steps 4-6.
White Chocolate Cherry CookiesAs if chocolate and cherries weren't already a great pair, these cookies shine with white chocolate chips.
Chocolate-Amaretto SemifreddoStudded with dark cherries and toasted almonds, this creamy frozen dessert is a cinch to make.
Sour Cream BabkaRussian immigrants gloried in Easter babkas - enriched yeast breads studded with dried fruits and nuts. For a more traditional babka, omit the amaretto and use dried sour cherries and candied cherries in place of cranberries and raisins.
Cherry-Vanilla Buttermilk Ice Cream
Cool-down with a deliciously creamy, summer treat. Don't have an ice cream maker? That's ok. Mix your ingredients in a small loaf pan (regularly stirring) and freeze until solid, 5-7 hours.
Cherries Jubilee CakesSanta's secret: No one will ever guess these elegant little cakes came from a box of white cake mix and a can of cherries.
Moonshine-Cherry BlushMoonshine-Cherry Blush is guaranteed to quench your thirst and generate party buzz. Fresh mint leaves, lemon slices, and maraschino cherries garnish this tasty summer sipper.
Cherry Compote Over Goat CheeseThis simple and healthy dessert features a round of goat cheese topped with a tangy sweet cherry compote.
Glazed Fruitcake Bars
These dense, chewy fruitcake bars are a fresh version of the kind passed around at holiday parties. We love raisins and dried cherries in this recipe, but use your favorite combinations.
Be Mine Cherry BrowniesMake these too-cute cherry brownies for your sweetheart.
Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Chicken and Cashews
Give these sweet potatoes a flavorful kick by adding some cinnamon-seasoned chicken and cashews. Dried cherries and raisins also elevate the texture in this topped potato to a perfect savory-sweet terriroty.
Cherry-Oat SconesWe ramp up the goodness this tasty breakfast classic, Cherry-Oat Scones, with fruit, grains, and low-fat buttermilk.
The Boulevardier Negroni
Black Forest ShakeThis cake-inspired shake features grated chocolate--it's almost like eating a frozen chocolate-covered cherry.
Cherry CrispThe bountiful cherry crop in Wisconsin and Michigan provides the inspiration for this fresh fruit dessert with all-American appeal. While Midwesterners may use tart cherries, we use more readily available sweet Bing cherries and add lemon juice to the mix. This dessert is best enjoyed warm, so reheat leftovers—if there are any.
Eggnog FudgeCandied cherries and toasted nuts flavor this creamy fudge that's made with left-over eggnog.
Cherry and Brie Burgers with Rosemary and Grilled Onion
These are only quarter-pounders, but they look heftier because the meat is mixed with ground dried cherries (a powerful antioxidant) and a little bulgur. The seasonings and cheese take the cherries in a savory direction, keeping the burgers from being too sweet.
Pork Chops with Cherry CouscousIn-season, sweet red cherries are a bountiful bargain, and they lend a wonderfully fresh, fruity element that pairs well with pork.
Red, White, and Blue Toasted Oat Scones
If you have trouble finding dried blueberries, swap in additional dried cherries or another tender dried fruit. Toasted nuts would also make a dandy substitution and provide textural contrast.
Pickled Cherries with Tarragon and Vanilla
Chef Renee Erickson, owner of several Seattle restaurants and of Boat Street Pickle company, gave us the recipe for this bright, sweet-sour pickle. She uses fresh sour cherries (with the stems is especially pretty), but sweet Bings work well too--and so do frozen cherries of either type. You could use the brine for rhubarb, green (unripe) strawberries, apricots, or gooseberries. Eat with cheese, charcuterie, or grilled duck or turkey.
New-School Cranberry Salad
We were so inspired by Old-School Cranberry Salad that we created a new version using fresh oranges and pineapple in place of canned and subbing dried cherries for maraschinos.
Sweet Tea TiramisùFor topping: Toss sliced strawberries and pitted fresh cherries with a little sugar and almond liqueur; add shaved chocolate.
Oregon Chocolate-Cherry CookiesYou'll savor each melt-in-your-mouth morsel as you bite into these sweet chocolate-cherry cookies.
Cherry-Ginger SconesThese scones are made with whole wheat pastry flour and rolled oats and flavored with sweetened dried cherries and crystallized ginger.
Fresh Cherry GaletteThe galette looks and sounds fancy, but with its free-form shape, it's ridiculously easy. Rainier cherries have pale, creamy flesh and are larger and sweeter than Bing cherries. If you opt for another variety, add an extra tablespoon of sugar.
Chocolate-Cherry Pudding CakeAs the cake bakes, it separates into two layers, a tender chocolate spongelike cake and a rich chocolate-cherry sauce.
White Chocolate-Cherry BarkPack a cherry-spiked piece in your child's bag (or your own) for a creamy-crunchy treat.
The Smokin' WordTake super-smoky mezcal, throw in a hit of cherries, and you've got one bold drink--The Smokin' Word.
Turkey Antipasto PaniniServe with fresh cherries and an Italian Berry Float to top off your meal.
Prep: 7 minutes; Cook: 3 minutes
Cherry Tart with Almond Streusel Topping
Use fresh or frozen cherries to make the deep red-hued, sweet-tart filling for this gluten-free tart. The crunchy, crumbly almond streusel really sends it over the top.
Simply Red Fruit SaladThis juicy, crimson-colored salad uses liquid from boiled cherries, reserved orange juice, lime zest and jam to create a sweet sauce to drizzle over fresh fruit.
Cherry-Smoked Turkey on the Grill
The time put into the cooking process of this turkey is what garners such a stellar flavor. The smokey char that the exterior gets from the grill gives it a golden color and an even better rustic flavor. This turkey truly shines as an alternative method for Thanksgiving fare.
Herb-and-Potato Chip-Crusted Beef TenderloinHerb-and-Potato Chip-Crusted Beef Tenderloin gets added crunch with a flavorful coating of fresh herbs, panko breadcrumbs, and kettle-cooked potato chips.
Cherry Chutney goes with this recipe.
Grilled Chicken With Spicy Cherry SaucePrep: 5 minutes; Cook: 18 minutes. You can make the cherry sauce with either fresh or frozen berries.
Cherry SparklerHere's a version of a cherry limeade that uses real juice instead of syrup. Ginger soda adds a spicy note.
Pickled CherriesWarm spices and a sweet-tart brine make these cherries ideal with duck or pork. Chop a few and add to a cream-cheese-topped biscuit with country ham for a sweet and salty Southern canapé.
Pork Chops with Ginger-Cherry SauceUse any variety of fruit preserves if you don't have cherry on hand. Serve with egg noodles tossed with chopped fresh parsley.
Double Chocolate Ice CreamEnjoy this delicious double chocolate ice cream plain, or stir in ingredients such as pitted chopped fresh cherries, chocolate chips, or marshmallows.
Pork Loin with Brandy and Dried CherriesSoaking dried cherries in brandy softens the fruit and yields deep flavor. Serve with rice, and garnish with flat-leaf parsley.
Chocolate Cherry CakesMake the most of this succulent summer fruit while you can. Cherry season typically runs from June through August, so hurry up and grab a big bag of these ruby-red fruits when you see them in your favorite grocery store or local farmer's market. Enjoy them with sweet treats, like these Chocolate Cherry Cakes, or try using cherries in savory dishes. Look for our Grilled Chicken with Cherries and Goat Cheese recipe online at www.allyou.com.
Category winner: Desserts.
"I love chocolate and cherry flavors together, and I found great dried cherries from Maine for this recipe. I also used bittersweet instead of milk chocolate: Not only does it have less sugar, but it has a deeper flavor, too." —Marcie Dixon, Arlington Heights, Ill.
Homemade Cherry SodaSipping on Homemade Cherry Soda on a game day is absolute bliss. For a finishing touch, serve this sweet, juicy libation over ice in a mason jar.
Black Forest ParfaitsStrawberries would be a good substitute for the cherries in this quick dessert. For a less sweet parfait, try using plain Greek yogurt in place of the vanilla frozen yogurt.
Cordial CherriesBrandy-soaked cherries can be left in the freezer for up to two days before you dip them into the chocolate.
Ambrosia CocktailFrom the kitchen of Amy Mikkelsen, Atlanta, Georgia www.yoursouthernpeach.com
"This cocktail was inspired by the Southern side dish that's popular during the holidays. Add some marshmallows and cherries for a festive garnish."
Apricot and Chocolate Pastry PillowsYou can substitute dried cherries, cranberries, or raisins for the apricots and use strawberry jam for the preserves.
Bittersweet Chocolate-Cherry Sorbet with Fresh Cherry CompoteTart-sweet cherry and strong dark chocolate flavors meld beautifully in this surprisingly rich sorbet crowned with juicy fresh cherries. Use a high-quality jam for the sorbet, and be sure to start the process a day ahead for the best flavor and texture.
Chocolate-Pistachio-Cherry BiscottiChocolate-Pistachio-Cherry Biscotti is perhaps the most decadent and delicious biscotti you'll ever taste. One dozen of these treats make an amazing gift ... if you can stand to part with them.
Cherry-Glazed Pan-Seared Lamb ChopsCherry preserves and balsamic vinegar combine for a quick, tasty glaze. Pair with couscous to soak up any extra pan sauce.
Christmas Cherry-Berry PieThe festive and flavorful cranberry sauce adds special seasonal flavor to this all-time favorite cherry pie.