July Fourth Dessert: Juicy Cherry Pie

From Karen Berner at “Taste of Home”

For this Fourth of July weekend, what could be more American than a cherry pie decorated with a celebratory fireworks motif to serve your guests? Karen Berner’s “Juicy Cherry Pie” might be just the thing for your Happy-Birthday-America festivities.

“Lucky you! Tart, or sour, cherry season is in the heart of summer. Choose fresh tart cherries that are bright in color, shiny and plump. They should feel relatively firm when pressed lightly,” Berner instructs on the Taste of Home website where her “test kitchen approved” Fourth of July favorite recipe awaits.

Give it a go!


  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 6 to 10 tablespoons ice water


  • 5 cups fresh tart cherries, pitted
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Sugar topping:

  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Bake Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

For full recipe and instructions see Taste of Home.


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