Roasted Cherries

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I love cherries. I will take them in just about any form I can get them. Roasted Cherries are definitely one of my favorites! They are simple to make, you can make them in big batches, and store in the fridge for up to a week. Plus, roasting them is a really great way to save cherries that have gone a little past prime in their short life!

woman spooning roasted cherries onto vanilla ice cream with dark chocolate chip on the surface

Preparing the cherries

You will need to wash you cherries, remove the stems and pit them. I don’t have a cherry pitter, so I cut mine in half and remove the pits. It is a little time consuming, but worth it.

Cherry pits on white cutting board with a bowl of cherries in the background

Getting ready to bake

Now, this is how simple they are. Take you cherries, add sugar and a little cornstarch. Mix and bake. That’s it!

woman pouring sugar over cherries in a glass bowl

The cornstarch isn’t necessary, but I love my cherries a little thicker.

woman spooning cornstarch over cherries in glass bowl

Spread onto a parchment lined baking sheet. You can spread on a baking sheet without the parchment, but clean up is so simple with it!

woman pouring cherries covered in sugar and cornstarch on parchment lined baking sheet.

The finished roasted cherries

Bake until the cherries have released they juices and are nice and bubbly.

roasted cherries on parchment lined baking sheet

Ways to use your roasted cherries

I served these cherries over vanilla ice cream. Tillamook is a personal favorite, but you can use any flavor you like. I also like them over chocolate ice cream, because chocolate and cherries are just the best!

These are perfect over yogurt for breakfast, mixed with granola, served on toast, cookies, tarts etc. It is versatile!

woman spooning roasted cherries over Tillamook vanilla ice cream with dark chocolate chips on the surface

If you don’t use the cornstarch, the roasted cherries are still so delicious, just not as thick.

But, I love the thickness though, so I always use the cornstarch!

Roasted cherries on vanilla ice cream

I also threw in some dark chocolate chips. I just can’t resist!

Roasted cherries on vanilla ice cream with dark chocolate  chips

Looking for another cherry dessert? Tis the season, right? How about this blueberry and cherry galette?

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Roasted Cherries

These simple roasted cherries are a great way to use those prefect summer fruit. You can use them for topping ice cream, yogurt, tarts, toast, biscuits, cheesecakes, cookies etc.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cherry recipes, fresh cherry recipes, roasted cherries, thick roasted cherries, thickened cherries, thickened roasted cherries
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Amy- A Red Spatula


  • 2 cups cherries, washed and pitted
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoons cornstarch optional, but will give you thicker roasted cherries


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
    Combine the cherries, sugar and cornstarch in a bowl. Mix well until the cherries are well coated and everything is mixed in.
    Place cherries on the baking sheet, spread.
    Bake for about 7-15 minutes. The cherries will soften and release their juices. If you have used the cornstarch, they will be slightly thick.
    Remove from oven and allow to cool.
    Use as desired.
    Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!

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