8 Sweet and Savory Ways to Celebrate Cherry Season

By: Foodlets

They’re here and they’re on sale! We’re talking about cherries, of course. The first sightings of $1.99 cherries have made their way to my local grocery store, and I get a heaping bag of those beauties every time I go shopping. Now, once we’ve all had enough handfuls of fresh, juicy cherries to be satisfied, I like to start cooking with them. Get ready to extend your love of cherries from breakfast right through dessert.

With only four ingredients, Valerie Bertinelli turns cherries and a couple of pantry staples into a delicious breakfast treat.

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How gorgeous are these cupcakes with whole cherries perched right on top? Bonus: They’re ready in a hurry, and they’re EASY!

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This recipe has a glowing 5-star ratings plus a brilliant secret ingredient my mom always uses too.

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And for a second option, there’s always hand-held pies with crispy shells. Dessert on the go? Yes, please.

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Cherries for dinner? This sweet and salty side comes together in 10 minutes.

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How about cherries warmed in a sweet solution of balsamic vinegar and sugar until tender, then mingled with fresh peach slices?

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Don’t let the fancy-sounding French name scare you. This recipe is as simple as making a batter and pouring it over fresh, juicy cherries. Done and done.

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This is it. With two kinds of chocolate and rich custard base, this ice cream is, hands down, the most-decadent way to enjoy cherry season.

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This ninth recipe is a bonus, and, full disclosure, it utilizes dried, not fresh, sour cherries. It’s an ideal way to put a savory spin on fruit. Keep it in mind if you can’t find fresh cherries near you.

Charity Curley Mathews is the founder of Foodlets.com, a blog full of simple recipes using fresh ingredients and every single one of them is kid-tested x4. You can follow her on Facebook.

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