Cherry crisp is easy and one of my favorite desserts! Growing up, cherries were a rare sighting in my house, usually only popping up during big family 4th of July celebrations. Fast forward to now, and it’s the opposite experience for my kids. Cherries are readily available at our house when in season because of where I live, and of course, where I work. It’s not uncommon to find my family sitting around the kitchen table snacking on cherry after cherry!
That being said, I can’t help but use fresh Stemilt cherries in a delicious dessert. Cherry crisp is one of the easiest desserts you can make. It comes together in no time at all and uses just a few ingredients which you’ll probably have on hand already. Pitting cherries for this dessert is what you’ll find to be the most time consuming. I recommend a child helper (my 5-year-old loved using the hand-held pitter for this one) or following one of our easy pitting methods to get the task done.
Once you’ve pitted the cherries, you simply add sugar, flour, and almond extract on top of the fruit to create the base of the cherry crisp. Then, in a separate bowl, mix quick oats, brown sugar, salt, your favorite spices (I prefer cinnamon and cardamom) and melted butter to bind it all together. Because the cherries I had were quite large, I baked the filling for 25 minutes at 375°F, and then added the oat topping and baked for another 25 minutes, or until the fruit was bubbling and the top was just beginning to brown.
The best part of this cherry crisp recipe is there’s less sugar than most recipes you’ll find. That’s because I used sweet cherries, which have a higher natural sugar content than their tart (or pie) cherry counterpart most often used in baking. The crisp is still exceptionally sweet and great on its own, or with a dollop of whipped cream or scoop of ice cream.
If you love that classic cherry flavor, then you’re going to love this crisp! Watch the video tutorial below to make one ramekin of cherry crisp quickly at home. I hope you have a chance to enjoy lots of Stemilt cherries while they’re in season this summer.