Sweet as Cherry Pie

Nothing says, "Happy Fourth of July" quite like Cherry Pie! The 4th is hands-down my favorite holiday and nothing puts a smile on my face more than children enjoying hot summer days and sweet summer treats. This festive cherry pie recipe is sure please at any gathering! 



  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 5 tablespoons (or more) ice water


  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups whole pitted sour cherries 
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon (about) milk
  • Vanilla ice cream



Whisk flour, sugar, and salt in large bowl. Add chilled butter by cutting the butter in using two dinner knives until clumps form. Add 5 tablespoons ice water; mix lightly with fork until dough holds together. Add more water if the dough appears dry. Gather dough together and divide into 2 pieces. Form each dough ball into a pancake shape and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate dough for a minimum of 30 minutes. 


Preheat to 425°F. Whisk 1 cup sugar, cornstarch, and salt in medium bowl. Stir in cherries, lemon juice, and vanilla; set aside.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and allow it to rest at room temperature for 15 minutes. On floured surface, roll one dough into a circle roughly 3 inches larger than your pie dish. Transfer the dough to the pie dish. Trim or fold/pinch any excess dough depending on what style you desire. 

Roll out second dough on floured surface. Cut 8-12 1/2 inch wide strips from dough. Pour the filling into the dough-lined dish. Spread the butter cubes on top of the filling. Place dough strips on top of the filling, forming lattice.  Pinch the edges to seal pie's edge. Brush lattice crust with milk and sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar on top of the pie. 

Place pie on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven's temperature to 375°F. Bake pie until filling is bubbling and crust is golden brown. 

Helpful Tip | If the edges start to brown too quickly, simply cover them with foil. 

Allow the pie to cool. Cut into wedges and serve with vanilla ice cream if you please!

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