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Cherry Pie Filling

Cherry Pie Filling is prepared with cherries, lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch, and almond extract. It takes 5 ingredients and about 20 minutes to make!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cherry Pie Filling
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Calories 357kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 6 cups fresh pitted cherries about 3 pounds - or frozen cherries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract


Prepare the fruit:

  • If using fresh cherries, remove the pits using a cherry pitter.


  • Place a medium to large saucepan over medium heat. Add to it the cherries, water, lemon juice, zest, sugar and cornstarch. Stir very well.

Bring to a boil:

  • Bring the mixture to a boil and after that reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes.


  • If using, stir in the almond extract.

Serve or use:

  • Cool slightly before using in a recipee or as a topping.



  • The recipe makes enough filling to fill a 9" pie crust.
  • Keep in mind, if you use tart cherries, adjust the amount of sugar, add more.


Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 91g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 470mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 77g | Vitamin A: 133IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg