Make the most of summer with this easy homemade cherry pie filling. This tastes SO much better than canned cherry pie filling and is better for you too! @wellplated
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Easy Homemade Cherry Pie Filling

Yield: 2 heaping cups (enough for a 9-inch pie)
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Ditch the can and make your own homemade cherry pie filling. EASY recipe naturally sweetened with honey. So good, you'll be eating it straight from the jar!


  • 4 cups whole pitted fresh sweet cherries — about 2 pounds with pits or 1 1/2 pounds pitted or frozen, thawed pitted cherries
  • 1/2 cup honey — plus additional to taste (if using tart cherries, you may need to add a bit more)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon pure almond extract — optional or substitute 1/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract


  1. Place cherries into a large saucepan. Add 1/2 cup honey, lemon juice, cornstarch, and almond extract (if using), then stir to coat. Turn on the heat to medium. Cook the filling, stirring often, until glossy and thickened, about 5 - 10 minutes. Very carefully so as not to burn your tongue, taste the mixture. If you desire additional sweetness, add more honey a few teaspoons at a time. Remove pan from the heat and let the filling cool completely. Transfer to a storage jar.

Recipe Notes

  • Store in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 2 months.
  • NOTES ON FREEZING: Because the pie filling is made with honey, it does congeal somewhat when frozen and thawed. I found it worked best to let the frozen filling thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then warm it in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, to smooth it out a little. Done this way, the previously frozen filling was perfect for baking these cherry pie bars. When the bars came out of the oven, the filling was smooth and you couldn't tell it was frozen at all!). If you are going to use the cherry pie filling in a classic cherry pie or as a sauce on top of ice cream, I would not recommend freezing, since in these cases, you'll want the smoothest texture possible.
  • Need a great pie crust? Try my low maintenance Whole Wheat Pie Crust.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Dessert Recipe, Easy Homemade Cherry Pie Filling

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (0.25 cup (generous)) — Calories: 128, Cholesterol: 44mg, Sodium: 1mg, Carbohydrates: 33g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 27g, Protein: 1g

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