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A bowl of cherry crisp with brown sugar oatmeal topping and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Cherry Crisp

Fresh cherry crisp with juicy berries & crunchy brown sugar oatmeal crumble topping. Make it during cherry season for the perfect summer dessert.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cherry Recipes, Crisp, Crumble, Fresh, Frozen
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 15 people


Cherry Filling

  • 32 oz cherries* , pitted and sliced in half
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice , freshly squeezed
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoons cinnamon

Oatmeal Crumble

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats**
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter , melted


  • Preheat the oven to 375F degrees

Cherry Filling

  • Add the cherries, sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch and cinnamon to a very large stock pot. Toss with a spoon until the cherries are evenly covered.
  • Heat the mixture over low heat stirring occasionally. The cherries will first start to release their juices, and then the mixture will start to thicken.
  • After the juices have thickened (about 10-15 minutes), remove from the heat.
  • Pour the mixture into a 9x13 inch glass or ceramic pan.

Crumble Topping

  • In a medium bowl stir together the flour, oats, and sugar.
  • Stir in the melted butter. The mixture should look like wet sand.
  • Crumble the oatmeal topping over top of the cherries.
  • Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until you see the top starting to brown and cherries bubbling through. If the top is getting too brown, tent a piece of aluminum foil over top and continue baking. 


*If using frozen berries, they'll need to boil for 5-10 minutes longer. 
**Large rolled oats or large flake oats work too. Do not use instant or steel-cut oats.
Recipe can be halved and made in an 8x8 or 9x9 inch ceramic or glass pan.
Store leftovers covered in the fridge.