Fresh Cherry Cobbler

cherry cobbler
Cherry Cobbler. Getty Images: Jupiterimages/Stockbyte
  • 40 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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This delicious cherry cobbler recipe is a great way to use your fresh tart cherries also known as pie cherries. The topping for this cobbler is not made with a pastry or pie dough but instead features drop dumplings that bake up fluffy and golden brown. (If you're short on time, use Bisquick or a biscuit baking mix and follow the instructions on the package for making dumplings.)

Serve this delicious cobbler hot with a pour of heavy cream, or slightly cooled with vanilla ice cream or freshly whipped cream. 

What You'll Need

  • For the Cherries:
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 cups pitted fresh tart cherries
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • For the Dumpling Topping:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup cold milk

How to Make It

Make the Cherry Filling

  1. Heat the oven to 400 F. 
  2. In a medium saucepan, blend together sugar, cornstarch, cherries, and almond extract. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils.
  3. Continue to boil and stir for 1 minute. Pour fruit mixture into an ungreased 2-quart casserole. Place in oven while preparing the dough.

Make the Dumpling Dough

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt until thoroughly incorporated.
  1. Cut shortening into the flour mixture as you would for pie dough. Add the cold milk and mix until thoroughly incorporated and no streaks of dry ingredients show.
  2. Remove cherry-filled casserole dish from the oven and drop the dough in spoonfuls, making about 6 dumplings, onto the hot fruit.
  3. Return to the oven and bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until topping is golden brown. Serve warm with cream if desired, or cool slightly and serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

More Cherry Dessert Recipes

From cakes to crumbles, there are many tasty cherry dessert recipes available. Cherry crumb cake is topped with a lightly spiced and buttery brown-sugar crumb topping. For a crumb-topped dessert made with fresh sweet cherries that are cooked to make a thickened pie filling, try fresh cherry crumble. This recipe can be baked in individual ramekins or a large casserole dish. Just don't forget the delicious butter-and-brown-sugar spiced crumble topping. Add chopped pecans or walnuts to the crumble for more flavor impact.

For something a little different, consider this cherry pretzel dessert, a delicious offering made with a crunchy pretzel crust. It's that sweet-and-salty thing that makes this so special.