Easy Almond Cherry Crisp

Made from scratch, this homemade cherry crisp recipe is filled with juicy cherries and topped with a crisp, golden oat and almond crumble scented with cinnamon.

Easy Almond Cherry Crisp

Ingredients Needed

This easy cherry crisp recipe couldn’t be simpler and is a great way to use fresh, frozen or canned cherries. The crisp topping is made with old fashioned rolled oats and flaked almonds.

  • Cherries. I used fresh, pitted cherries but you can absolutely make this with frozen or canned cherries too. If using frozen cherries, add another 2 tbsp of cornstarch to allow the filling to thicken as they will release a lot of liquid once baked.
  • Brown Sugar. 
  • Cornstarch. All purpose flour can be substituted.
  • Butter. I used salted but you could use unsalted butter too.
  • Rolled oatmeal/old-fashioned oats.
  • Flaked almonds. Pecans or pistachios will also be delicious.
  • Ground cinnamon. 
  • Salt. 

What is the difference between a crisp and a crumble?

A crisp is a baked fruit dessert with a streusel topping containing oats. A crumble is just a crisp without the addition of oats in the crumb topping.

Cherry crisp filling

How to make cherry crisp

  1. Prepare the homemade cherry pie filling: Making your own filling (instead of using store-bought cherry pie filling) makes all the difference. Pit fresh cherries, if using, and place in a large bowl. Add the sugar, cornstarch and a pinch of salt then mix well. Transfer the cherry filling to a pie dish, cast-iron skillet or suitable baking dish.
  2. Make the oat streusel topping: In a medium bowl, stir together the rolled oats, flaked almonds, cinnamon, sugar, salt and melted butter until combined. Sprinkle the topping mixture over the cherries.
  3. Bake: Bake the crisp in a preheated oven for 20-30 minutes until the cherries are soft and juicy, the juices have thickened and the streusel topping is golden brown and crisp. Remove from the oven and allow to chill for 5 minutes then serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.
Easy Almond Cherry Crisp

What other fruit can I use for a crisp?

Most fruits work well for a crisp. Berries and stone fruit in particular work very well. Blueberries, strawberries, mixed berries, apples, pears, peaches, nectarines and plums are all delicious in a crisp.

Can I make this ahead?

The crisp can be prepared completely and kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before baking and serving. Leftovers can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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Easy Almond Cherry Crisp

Easy almond cherry crisp

This homemade cherry crisp recipe is filled with juicy cherries and topped with a crisp, golden oat and almond crumble.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry crisp, cherry crisp recipe, recipe cherry crisp
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
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Total Time: 50 minutes
Calories: 451kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 6


  • 500 g / 1lb cherries pitted
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • pinch of salt

For the crisp

  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup flaked almonds
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
  • Place the pitted cherries in a large bowl then add the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Mix well.
  • Transfer the filling to a baking dish or pie dish.
  • To make the topping, combine the melted butter with the oats, almonds, cinnamon, sugar and salt.
  • Sprinkle the topping mixture over the cherries.
  • Place the crisp in the preheated oven and allow to bake for 20-30 minutes until the juices have thickened and the toping is golden brown and crisp.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving with ice cream or whipped cream.


Calories: 451kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 403mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 526IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 2mg

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