How to Make Simple and Delicious Cherry Crisp


Sometimes the most simple desserts are the ones we love the most! This cherry crisp recipe is bright, satisfying, and oh so easy to make. 

Like so many people, one of my favorite cookbooks of all time is The Joy of Cooking. One recipe I absolutely loved was their cherry crunch recipe. Crisps and cobblers are some of my favorites desserts because they are so simple to make and the main ingredient is fruit! Trust me when I say you will want to make this FAB dessert! 

What Should You Use for Cherry Crisp?

I love using canned or jarred cherries because they taste so fresh and are so easy to use. It is very important to use tart cherries for this recipe. While pie filling and maraschino cherries serve a delicious purpose in so many recipes, they are much too sweet for cherry crisp. The leftover juice combined with the brown sugar adds just the right amount of sweetness! 

Is a Crisp the Same Thing As a Cobbler? 

Although they both use lots of fruit, there is in fact a difference in cobblers and crisps. Cobblers are usually made in a deep dish crust and topped with either a biscuit dough or pie crust topping. However, crisps are lighter because they are topped with an oat-based crunchy topping. Cherry crisp is one of my favorite ways to enjoy cherries because the sweet, crunchy oat topping brings out the fruit’s sweetness without being too heavy or overpowering. 

A Tried-and-True Favorite:

Similar to apple pie or chocolate chip cookies, this is a classic dessert for a reason! Considering how easy it is to make, how simple the ingredients are, and how absolutely delicious it tastes, it is no wonder so many people love this bight dessert. The tart cherries bring brightness and tang, the oats add a crunch, and the butter and brown sugar add just the right amount of rich sweetness. To sum it up, it simply cannot be beaten! 

Can I Freeze a Cherry Crisp? 

Since this recipe calls for jarred cherries, it is a delicious treat that can be served year-round! Cherry crisp is a great dessert to have on hand for impromptu guests, a dinner party, or when you are craving a sweet treat! To freeze this delicious treat, simply let it cool and then cover with a double layer of aluminum foil before placing it in the freezer. 

Watch Me Make Simple and Delicious Cherry Crisp: 

If you like this recipe, be sure to check out my Skillet Apple Cobbler and my Best Peach Cobbler for more delicious desserts! 

If you try this light, easy dessert, please let me know in the comments below!  As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!

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How to Make Simple and Delicious Cherry Crisp

Yield: 12


  • 2 jars of sour cherries in juice
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp tapioca
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 cup self rising flour


    1. Drain your cherries and reserve the juice in a bowl. 

2. Measure our a half a cup of cherry juice and stir tapioca in. Set aside and allow it to thicken while you prepare the rest of the cherry crisp.

3. In a large bowl, combine the butter, oats, flour, and brown sugar. I like to use my hands!

4. Press half the crust into the bottom of a greased baking dish.

5. Spread your drained cherries over the crust. 

6. Pour the cherry juice and tapioca mixture over the top. 

7. Lastly, top with the remaining crumble mixture. 

8. Bake at 350 until golden and enjoy! 

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  1. Since it serves 12 I’m assuming the pan size is 9×13?? If I missed it in the recipe my bad.

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