Homemade Cherry Pie

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We all have special traditions for the holidays!  Some involve spending time with friends and family — some involve football and some involve FOOD!  We all have one dish that reminds us of our family or childhood.

For my husband it’s Homemade Cherry Pie!  And lucky for him (and me) his mom has an award winning Homemade Cherry Pie recipe.  Dee, my mother-in-law is a fabulous cook and when she was younger this Cherry Pie recipe won countless awards.  So it has become a staple for a holiday celebration.

She recently showed me how to make it — and it’s really easy!

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You will start this recipe with 1 1/2 cups of dark sweet cherries or 1 1/2 cans.  First drain the liquid out of the can. Then put back about 1 cup of liquid into a mixing bowl.

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Add the almond extract, tapioca, red food coloring, salt and sugar. Mix together.

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In the meantime, you will need to get your crust ready. You can make your own or use a frozen or pre-made crust. Follow instructions on how to place crust in pan and trim the edges.

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If you are making your own, you will have dough left over to use for the lattice. If you are using a pre-made crust, get an extra crust and cut the extra dough into strips. You want to cut into 1/2 inch strips like this.

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Pour the cherry mixture into the pie crust. You will then add slices of butter to the top. It will come to about 1 tablespoon of butter total.

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To start the lattice, place a few strips longways first.

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Then you will weave more strips to create the lattice.

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It will look like this when you are done. Sprinkle a little sugar on top for added flavor. You will bake this at 350 degrees for about 1 hour and 30 minutes until the cherries have set.

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Here is your beautiful Cherry Pie! Let it cool and serve with some ice cream or whipped cream. Enjoy!

Cherry Pie

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours


  • 1 1/2 cans or cups Dark Sweet Cherries
  • 1/4 teaspoons Almond Extract
  • 3 tablespoons Tapioca dried
  • 6 drops Red Food Coloring
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • Dash Salt
  • Pie Crust homemade or store bought


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Drain liquid out of cans of Cherries and put Cherries in a bowl
  3. Save 1 cup of the liquid and add it back into the bowl
  4. Add Almond Extract, Tapioca, Food Coloring, Sugar, Salt and mix together
  5. Get Pie Crust ready for filling
  6. Add Cherry filling into Pie Crust
  7. Use excess crust or extra store bought pie crust and slice into 1/2 inch stripes
  8. Create a lattice on top by laying down a few stripes of dough across, then weave the rest in.
  9. Cut off all the excess dough
  10. Sprinkle a little sugar on top of the pie before it goes into the oven
  11. Bake for 1:30 minutes or until the Cherries are set in the pie
  12. Serve

Recipe Notes

This is Dee's award-winning recipe -- we hope you enjoy it!

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