Fresh Cherry Crisp

Do you ever go to the market and toss way too much produce into your cart? I do this all too often, but I just cannot resist summer fruits like peaches, nectarines and cherries!

Sometimes I find myself ripping open the bag of cherries on the way home and ever so discreetly spit the pits out the window…did I just admit to that? That’s okay… we’re all friends here!

Sunday evening I found my refrigerator overflowing with beautiful cherries and decided to throw something together to use them up before they got fuzzy. I ended up making individual cherry crisps. They turned out fantastic and were even better topped with vanilla bean ice cream.

This Fresh Cherry Crisp held up really well in the fridge and were just as good warmed in the microwave the next day. The boyfriend loved the topping so much he has been begging me to make more for ice cream sundaes!

Fresh Cherry Crisp

Yield: 4 mini crisps

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30-35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


For the Crisp Topping

  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

For the Filling

  • 2 cups pitted sour cherries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray four ramekins with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Combine oats, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda together in a medium bowl. Whisk together well to evenly combine.
  4. Add brown sugar and melted butter to the flour mixture and mix well to form a clumpy dough. Set aside.
  5. In another bowl combine pitted cherries, granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour. Mix well so the cherries are coated with the flour and sugar. Divide them between the four sprayed ramekins.
  6. Cover cherries with crisp topping, dividing it evenly between the four ramekins.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until crisp topping is golden brown.


  • You can easily double this recipe and prepare in one 9"x13" baking dish.

30 Responses to “Fresh Cherry Crisp”

  1. Leslie — June 10, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Wanna have a cherry pit spittin contest? Make sure you wear your overalls!!LOL


  2. Cathy — June 10, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    I'm also an overbuyer of summer fruits – I love them all and just can't resist! I am totally making this with my next bag of cherries!


  3. Tracey — June 10, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Yep, I'm the same way with produce, especially in the summer! Your cherry crisp looks so good. I love all crisps!


  4. Home Cooked Oriya Food — June 10, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    I am addicted to your site I feel. Wow – what a place. I am going to try your cherry crisps. I hope you are Ok with it. I will link to your recipe too…


  5. The Blonde Duck — June 10, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Totally craving a crisp now…


  6. Risa — June 10, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    I know this is a dessert my boyfriend would love! I am bookmarking it now.


  7. Jo — June 10, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Summer fruits are always great with crisps and crumble. They are also easy to make and such delicious individual desserts to be served after a meal or whenever you feel like having one!


  8. Sara Rose — June 10, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE ALL THINGS CHERRY. This sounds amazing. This is a must make. Like by this weekend! I'm so glad I found your site!


  9. chillingsmilingeating — June 10, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    love your blog ! so beautiful and full of baked goods! i have a baking obsession and i dont want to be cured!


  10. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] — June 11, 2009 at 4:45 am

    I'm so going to make these right now, what with me having an overload of cherries at home


  11. Jamie — June 11, 2009 at 7:29 am

    LOL! Jamie with a baking addiction? And who loves cherries? We must've been separated at birth!

    Cherries are my favorite favorite fruit and I love crumbles and crisps. I must make this beautiful dessert!


  12. Artistic Accents by Darla — June 11, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    I love your blog! I've got a little award for you on my blog :)


  13. Ingrid — June 11, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Sounds and looks yummy! Good call on adding vanilla ice cream to take it over the edge!

    Btw, I read your guest post….very nice!


  14. Katrina — June 11, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Rotting fruit on my counter right now. ;)
    Holy cow, that is the best looking crisp I've ever seen. Cherry is probably my favorite. The topping looks awesome and I LOVE the dish you have it in!
    Note to self: Must buy some cherries!!!


  15. Pamela — June 11, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Just got some great cherries on sale. This looks SO GOOD!


  16. Kerstin — June 11, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    I've been overdosing on cherries lately – they're just so good! And even better in this lovely crisp – yum!


  17. Justin — June 12, 2009 at 11:09 am

    this is really making me want to make a crisp, cobbler, etc., anything with fruit on the bottom and yum on the top.


  18. GamecockDoc — June 18, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I made this today and it was delish. The topping is so yummy – buttery and crunchy – and I can't wait to try it on other fruits. Thanks for the recipe!


  19. Sandi Broyden — July 21, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    That was sooooo good! My wonderful hubby was allowed to pick clean the cherry tree of one of his customers and he brought home 2 full coolers…I mean I was giving away ice-cream buckets of cherries…my friends were very thankful :-)
    I have made many fruit crisps before but never with cherries so I Googled for a recipe and landed on yours which I liked because it had oats in it.
    Thought you might like to know the few changes I made. First, I did double up and make it in a 13×9; my cherries were not sour but sweet black ones (Bing I think); I did not have brown sugar so just used granular; I added a little cinnamon to the cherry mix and then a little more cinnamon and nutmeg to the topping. Finally, I used up some frozen raspberries and some rhubarb that I had, about a cup of each and then 2 cups of cherries…and that's it!
    Love the look of your site and look forward to perusing it soon.
    Blessings to all :-)


  20. John — September 20, 2009 at 8:33 am

    This is the best crisp recipe!!! mmmm so good! my new go to recipe in the summer and fall!


  21. Steve — February 1, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    This is also a good recipe to use for sardine crisp. Just add one can of sardines, (with or without oil) and bake for 30 minutes. Let them cool for five minutes, top with whipped cream and nuts, and you’re ready to eat!


  22. Hot Polka Dot — February 24, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Cherries are one of my very favourite fruits. I can’t wait until they’re in season so I can try out this delicious recipe. Thanks!

    Note to self: Buy a cherry pitter.


  23. Liz — July 3, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Hey! Just finished picking some cherries from a friend’s tree and throwing together your cherry crisp. I added a dash of almond extract to the filling. yum! Can’t wait to eat it with our salmon dinner. Thanks!


  24. Judy Patefield — August 2, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    In the oven now with cherries picked in Door County couple days ago. Easy enough to make even with the “help” of 3 and 6year olds! Smells great…taking it hot out of the oven to a pool party.


  25. Tanya — June 7, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Just made this and it was amazing! I was looking for a dessert to use up a bunch of fresh cherries that I had and I’m so glad I chose this one. Question, if I wanted to add apples to the cherry mixture, do you think it would turn out ok? I once had a cherry apple crisp and I would love to recreate it. 


    • Jamie — June 8, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      I’ve not tried apples with this recipe, Tanya, but it sounds amazing. I say give it a go. Let me know how you like it!

  26. Angela — June 12, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Picked a bucket of cherries from the yard today and  now that my kitchen looks like a murder took place I am ready to start cooking! Your cherry crisp is first on the list (then cherry glazed pork chops for dinner). 


    • Jamie — June 13, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      Sounds wonderful, Angela!


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