5 Best Cherry Dessert Recipes for National Cherry Cobbler Day

Cherry Dessert Recipes

National Cherry Cobbler Day happens every May 17th - a day dedicated to celebrating cherry dessert recipes. A cobbler is simply a dish with a fruit filling, especially cherry covered with a top dough crust in form of a pie, biscuit, or batter. Cobblers originated in the British American colonies in the mid-19th century. The English settlers lacked proper cooking equipment and suitable ingredients to make suet puddings, a British traditional meal; so, they covered a stewed filling using uncooked dumplings or biscuits to improvise.

Sometimes, vanilla ice cream is added to top a cobbler. Here are some tips for the best cobblers:

  1. Ensure the crust is baked through, and the fruit is bubbling. Insert a knife to make sure the cobbler is done. The knife should come out clean.
  2. You can never go wrong with cobblers served warm with a scoop of yummy vanilla ice cream.
  3. Use perfectly ripe fruit or rehydrated freeze dried cherries.

Here are amazing cherry dessert recipes to make your National Cherry Cobbler Day incredible.

1. Chocolate Cherries

Prep time: 20 minutes and chilling   Servings: 2 dozen


  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 8 oz well-drained maraschino cherries, stemmed
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 oz chopped semisweet chocolate

To coat

  • 2 tbsp shortening
  • 6 oz chopped semisweet chocolate


  1. Add butter, sugar, and cream in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring from time to time. Remove from heat and stir in the 4 ounces chocolate until melted. Refrigerate for 4 hours.
  2. Pat cherries with paper towels to dry. Form a ball by coating each cherry using 1 tsp chocolate mixture. Refrigerate for around 3 hours until firm
  3. Melt shortening and chocolate in a microwave. Stir until smooth and dip cherries to coat. Let excess drip off.  Allow to set on waxed paper.

Nutrition value (each)

  • Carbs: 6g
  • Fat: 4g
  • Protein: 0
  • Fiber: 0
  • Cal: 57

2. Cherry Cobbler Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time: 30 minutes     Cook Time: 25 minutes    Servings: 8


  • ½ cup of water
  • 14.5 ounces tart cherries, pitted
  • 3 tbsp red-hot candies
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch

Roll Topping

  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp divided brown sugar
  • 1 lightly beaten large egg
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • ½ tsp cinnamon, ground
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp softened butter

Lemon Glaze

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar


  1. Drain cherries, reserve juice, and set cherries aside. Combine the reserved juice, water, cornstarch, and sugar in a saucepan until smooth. Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring constantly. Lower the heat and cook for 2 more minutes until they melt or bubbly and thick. Stir in the cherries and transfer to greased square 8-in baking dish.

2. In a bowl, combine 3tbsp brown sugar, flour, salt, and baking powder. Cut in the shortening until crumbly. Stir in milk and egg until blended.

  • Place on a lightly floured surface and knead 4 times. Roll to make a rectangle (14x10) inches. Spread with butter and sprinkle with pecans. Mix remaining sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the roll.
  • Start with short side and roll up. Cut into eight equal slices. Place the cut side on a baking dish over the cherry filling
  • Bake for around 25 minutes until golden brown at 400F. Allow cooling for 12 minutes. Mix glaze ingredients and drizzle over the cobbler.

Nutrition value 9 (per slice)      

  • Carbs: 38g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Cal: 363

3 . Cherry, Pear and Apple Compote

Prep Time: 30 minutes    Cook Time: 20 minutes    Servings: 12


  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 8 apples, peeled and chunked
  • 8 firm pears, peeled and sliced
  • 4 Bramley apples, peeled and chunked
  • 280g/ 9.87oz sour cherries, dried
  • Vanilla ice cream


  1. Place pears and apples, 50ml/ 1.69oz water and sugar in a pan. Bring to simmer and cook covered until Bramley apple collapse into a puree for about 15 minutes and the pear and eating apple tenderize. Stir regularly.
  2. Stir in cherries and cook for 1 min. Add sugar to taste. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Nutrition Value (per serving)

  • Carbs: 51g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Fat: 1g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Cal: 199


The compote can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.

4. Posh Cherry Scones

Prep Time: 15 minutes     Cook Time: 15 minutes    Servings: 12


  • I tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 ¼ cup self-raising flour
  • 3.5oz dried glace cherry, chopped
  • 9.6 oz buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 3.5 oz diced cold butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

To Serve

  • Clotted cream
  • Cherry Jam


  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Put flour, butter, bicarbonate of sode, and ½ tsp salt in a bowl. Using fingertips, rub in to form a breadcrumb-like mixture. Mix in sugar.
  • Mix in vanilla, buttermilk, cherries, and milk to make a soft dough. On a lightly floured surface, press out to 1 inch thick. Using cutters, cut out 2 inch portions.
  • Place on a lightly floured baking tray. Bake for about 15 minutes until well risen and golden. Serve with cherry jam and clotted cream.

Nutrition value (per serving)

  • Carbs: 36g      
  • Protein: 4g
  • Fat: 8g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Cal: 218


Mix cranberries and cherries for taste variation!

5. Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes     Cook Time: 10 minutes     Servings: 4 dozen


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ½ cup baking cocoa
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 48 blotted dry maraschino cherries

To Frost

  • 1-3 tsp maraschino cherry juice
  • 6 ounces chocolate chips, semisweet
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk


  1. Cream sugar and butter together in a bowl until fluffy. Add vanilla and beat in the egg. Combine all dry ingredients. Add mixture to creamed mixture gradually to make a very firm batter.  Shape to form 48, about I-inch-sized balls. Place the balls on an ungreased baking sheet. Into each ball, push a cherry halfway in.
  2. In a small-sized saucepan, melt the chocolate chips in the milk over low heat while stirring often. Turn off heat and stir in cherry juice until smooth. Spoon 1 tsp frosting mix over each cherry.
  3. Bake for about 12 minutes at 350C. Allow cooling for 10 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition Value (per serving)

  • Carbs: 22g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Fat: 4g
  • Cal: 177

Try these amazing cherry dessert  recipes with our freeze dried cherries.



  1. https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/truffle-cherries/
  2. https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cinnamon-roll-cherry-cobbler/
  3. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/355604/apple-pear-and-cherry-compote
  4. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1162675/cherry-scones
  5. https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/chocolate-covered-cherry-cookies/

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