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This quick and easy Cherry Crisp recipe has an irresistible combination of juicy cherry pie filling and crispy, buttery oat topping. Serve warm out of the oven with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream for the perfect summer dessert.

This is the perfect summer treat to follow your favorite BBQ menu, complete with Country Style Ribs and Macaroni Salad.

Cherry crisp with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a small bowl.
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Why We Love This Recipe

  • Easy to make – A straightforward dessert that doesn’t require any advanced baking skills. With simple ingredients and basic preparation techniques, it’s accessible to both experienced bakers and beginners.
  • Bursting with flavor – Cherry Crisp showcases the natural sweetness and tartness of cherries, which intensify during baking, creating a luscious and fruity filling.
  • Irresistible crisp topping – The buttery, crumbly topping adds a satisfying crunch to each bite. It’s made with a combination of oats, flour, butter and pecans creating a wonderful contrast to the soft cherry filling.
  • Use any Flavor – This recipe will work with any flavor of fruit pie filling, like blueberry, strawberry, apple or peach. Just chop bigger chunks into smaller pieces.

Key Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour – Feel free to use a gluten free flour.
  • Rolled oats – The old fashioned kind, not the quick cooking. The quick cook oats will not get crispy.
  • Brown sugar – Gives a warm molasses flavor to the topping.
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Chopped pecans – Adds to the crunch of the topping, but is also totally optional; feel free to omit if there is an allergy concern.
  • Unsalted butter – Use an unsalted butter in desserts help you to control the salt by adding it yourself, separately.
  • Cherry pie filling – Found in the baking aisle.

How to Make a Cherry Crisp

See the recipe card below for full, detailed instructions

Prep. Preheat your oven and grease an 8×8-inch baking dish.

Mixed flour, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Mixture for an oat topping for a crisp.
Oat topping for cherry crisp.

Mix the Topping. Use a fork to blend to flour, oats, brown sugar and ground cinnamon together. Add pecans and melted butter and stir until everything is moistened and crumbly.

Assemble the Crisp. Pour cherry pie filling into the baking dish and top with the oat topping.

Cherry Crisp, fresh out of the oven.

Bake. Put it in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until the top is crispy and the filling is bubbling. Remove and cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

FAQs

What is a crisp?

A crisp is a dessert, usually with some type of fruit, baked with a crispy topping. That’s where the name comes from. Pretty much any fruit pie flavor you’ve heard of can be made into a crisp.

Can I use other fruits instead of cherries?

Absolutely! While this recipe focuses on cherries, you can experiment with other fruit pie fillings like apples, peaches, or strawberries.

Can I make this dessert ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the crisp ahead of time and refrigerate it. Just reheat it in the oven before serving, or let it sit out on the counter for 30 minutes so it’s not cold.

Storage

  • Refrigerator: Cover the pan and refrigerate leftover Cherry Crisp for up to 4-5 days.
  • Freezer: You can freeze the unbaked crisp with the topping or after it’s been fully cooked and cooled. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and foil and freeze for up to 6 months. For unbaked crisp, thaw in the fridge overnight then bake as directed. For a fully cooked dessert, thaw overnight, then serve as desired.
Cherry crisp, with a serving on a spoon held over the pan.

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Recipe

Cherry Crisp Recipe

4.94 from 15 votes
This easy Cherry Crisp is made with cherry pie filling and a crispy oat topping. Serve with vanilla ice cream for the perfect summer dessert.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 21 ounces cherry pie filling (1 can)
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Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Add pecan and butter. Stir until everything is moistened and has a crumb-like texture.
  • Pour cherry pie filling into an 8-inch x 8-inch baking dish.
  • Pour oat mixture over cherries and carefully spread into an even layer. (You don't want things mixing together.)
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until the pie filling is bubbling and the crisp is golden.
  • Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 347kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 73mgPotassium: 183mgFiber: 2gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 440IUVitamin C: 3.5mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1.3mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

Julie Espy

Food nerd. Cocktail enthusiast. Carboholic. Bacon addict. Basset nuzzler. Boy mom. Come eat something delicious with me at Bread Booze Bacon!

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  1. Martha says:

    We loved it! So very quick too…served it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Will definitely make it again. Thank you for an easy go-to dessert

    1. Kristin says:

      Yum! You are so welcome Martha! Thanks for stopping by.