Michigan Tart Cherry Pie

This recipe was originally published in the ‘2021 Local Food Guide for Michigan’

Michigan Tart Cherry Pie with a slice out, using an almond oatmeal streusel crumble as the topping
  • 2 lbs fresh or frozen tart cherries
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 8″ pre-made pie crust

In a large pot, combine cherries, sugar, flour, and salt. Heat the pot and constantly stir until the mixture comes to a boil. Continue stirring for approx. 5 minutes, or until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Add butter, lemon juice, and almond extract. Allow to fully cool before assembling pie or refrigerate overnight.

This pie is beautiful with a lattice crust! It is also delicious with Almond Oatmeal Crumble on top!

Place pie on a cookie sheet – the juices will bubble over.

Pie is done when crust is golden brown and filling is bubbling over.


  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • Optional sugar, to top

Mix flour, oats, brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Melt butter and add almond extract to melted butter. Add butter mixture to flour mixture. Add almonds. Combine and sprinkle over pie filling. Optionally, sprinkle additional sugar over the top.

LORRI SMITH, Peace Pie, Marquette