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Cherry Pie Filling From Frozen Cherries

This simple to make cherry pie filling comes together quickly and is totally delicious. This is a large batch with enough to make a slab pie.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry pie, cherry pie filling, cherry pie filling from frozen cherries
Servings: 20 servings
Author: Amy- A Red Spatula


  • Heavy bottom pan or stock pot


  • 12 cups frozen cherries
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup cornstarch You may need more if your filling isn't thick enough after cooking
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract optional, but really yummy.


  • Add all ingredients to heavy bottom pan. Heat over mdium heat, stirring frequently.
    As the cherries come to a boil, reduce heat to low and continue to cook until the cherry mix is thickened. Keep in mind it will thicken more after it cools as well. Now, if you need to add in more cornstarch ( all frozen cherries release different amounts of liquid when they are cooked), add 2 tablespoons cornstarch in a bowl with 1 tablespoon water. Mix in the cherry mix and allow to cook another 3-4 minutes. repeat as needed.
    Add in almond extract if you are using it.
    If you are using right away, allow to cool to room temp.
    If you aren't, allow to cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
    Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!