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Cherry cobbler in a white bowl topped with vanilla ice cream.

Cherry Cobbler

This amazing Cherry Cobbler is loaded with juicy fruit and a melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookie topping. Use fresh or frozen cherries and make this delicious dessert year round.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 272kcal



  • 5-6 cups sweet cherries, pitted fresh or frozen thawed (see note)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour OR 3 tablespoons if using frozen cherries


  • cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • vanilla ice cream for serving



  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a large bowl, gently stir together all filling ingredients (make sure you read the notes regarding fresh vs frozen cherries). Transfer to an 8x8 baking pan and spread into an even layer.


  • In a medium bowl, combine sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the vanilla extract, almond extract, and melted butter and stir until fully combined. The mixture will resemble a cross between a crumb topping and a sugar cookie dough.
  • Press pieces of the topping together with your fingers to form flat irregular shaped pieces. Place the pieces of topping all over the top of the cherries. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until the cherries are bubbling around the edges and the topping is light golden brown. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool for about 20 minutes. The juices will thicken up a bit as it cools.


FRESH CHERRIES: If using fresh cherries (my preference) I recommend using around 5 cups; just under 2 lbs. The fresh cherries will hold their shape better while baking.
FROZEN CHERRIES: If using frozen cherries I recommend measuring them out while frozen and using around 6 cups. They will slump down quite a bit while baking. Thaw them in a large bowl in the refrigerator for several hours. IMPORTANT: After thawing, drain off the excess juice before proceeding with the recipe.
Adapted from Blackberry Cobbler.


Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 312IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg