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The Best Cherry Pie Recipe // One Lovely Life

The Andrus’s Life Changing Cherry Pie

  • Author: One Lovely Life


This cherry pie recipe is so good, we served it at our wedding! Gluten Free (or not!) & Vegan. 


  • 1 double pie crust, regular or gluten free
  • 2 (14.5oz) cans pitted red tart cherries packed in water, drained, reserving 3/4c cherry liquid**
  • 1/2c dried tart cherries
  • 4 Tbsp cornstarch**
  • 1/2c sugar**
  • 1 Tbsp butter (optional)
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • optional: egg wash (1 egg + 1 Tbsp milk or water), coarse sugar (known as turbinado or sugar in the raw)


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine cornstarch and 1/2c sugar. Stir in reserved cherry liquid. Stirring constantly with a whisk, bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil 1 minute while mixture thickens, stirring constantly.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in butter and almond extract. Fold in all cherries.
  3. Pour filling into prepared pie shell. Cover with top crust, doing a lattice if you feel fancy.
  4. Brush the top of the crust with egg wash and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  5. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes or till golden.
  6. Allow pie to completely cool before serving for best results. This will take several hours, but will allow the filling to set properly.


Whole food substitutions:

2 Tbsp arrowroot powder in place of the 4 Tbsp cornstarch

2 Tbsp honey in place of the 1/2 cup sugar

3 cups frozen tart cherries, thawed

3/4 cup water in place of the canned cherry water