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Hot Cherry Crumble

There is a time and place for desserts of the highest order. Carefully measured. Whipped. Beaten. Sifted, powdered and la dee da. Then there are times for easy. Delicious. Comforting and warm. Recipes like this hot cherry crumble. Reminiscent of the memories of spice and cherries this warm dessert is truly one for the keeper file.

Hot Cherry Crumble

An easy dessert that the family will adore…

How many times are you in the mood for something scrumptious and sweet, but you don’t feel like baking? Or maybe you do feel like baking, but nothing extravagant.

This crumble recipe is perfect for what I call “lazy baking”. Simple ingredients, easy method, eyeball measuring.

Hot Cherry Crumble

Ingredients Needed to Make Hot Cherry Crumble:

  • Cherry pie filling
  • Old fashioned rolled oats
  • All purpose flour
  • Brown sugar – dark or light, doesn’t matter
  • Baking powder
  • Cinnamon + nutmeg
  • A pinch of salt
  • Chopped nuts – optional, but I love the extra flavor and texture
  • Butter

I like to pick a good quality of cherry pie filling so I know I’m getting nice, plump fruit. You can also use fresh cherries. Just pit them, add a sprinkle of flour and some sugar. The end result will not be as sweet as using canned pie filling, but still delish.

TIP: You can make this dessert using your favorite fruit pie filling…apple, peach, blueberry..you pick and choose. I like to keep a can or two on hand at all times for this occasion.

overhead picture of an opened can of bright red cherry pie filling

A note about the oats. You can use quick-cook oats if you prefer. The only type of oats I would NOT use for this cherry dessert recipe are steel cut oats.

If you enjoy cooking with oats, try our Fresh Apple Oatmeal Muffins or our Oatmeal No Bake Energy Bites. So wholesome and warming.

How to Make Cherry Crumble Dessert:

  1. First preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Position oven rack to center position. Very lightly spray a 1.5 quart baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Next, spread the cherry pie filling into the bottom of the dish.
  3. In a bowl, combine all the other ingredients. Stir until sand-like clumps form.
  4. Evenly sprinkle the topping over the fruit. This recipe makes A LOT of crumble, so be generous.
  5. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and let rest 15 minutes.
  6. Serve hot with your favorite vanilla ice cream.

This dessert smells HEAVENLY when baking. The aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg drifts around your kitchen. This is when your spouse and kids come ask “What are you making?!” with anticipation in their eyes.

TIP: If you are using nuts, try chopped pecans, walnuts, almonds or cashews. So yummy, and it just adds extra texture to this dessert.

bowl of ingredients to make an oat and brown sugar crumb topping

Not only is this dessert great right out of the oven, it is good at room temperature, too. I like mine reheated and served with cold vanilla ice cream.

crumb topping

Looking for more easy dessert ideas?

Rustic Pear Galette

Fresh Strawberry Tarts

Spiced Pumpkin Pie Danish

a white baking dish with cherry pie filling
a buttery brown sugar topping made with oats and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg

Tips + Ideas for Crumble Desserts:

  • Keep cans of your favorite fruit pie filling on hand so you can make this easy dessert recipe any time your family gets the craving.
  • Don’t have old fashioned rolled oats? The quick cook variety will work, too.
  • Try variations on the spice by swapping the nutmeg for ginger or allspice.
  • This recipe makes a LOT of crumble, because that’s the way my family likes it. Adjust to your own preference.
  • You can use either dark brown sugar or light brown sugar for this recipe. Just make sure it is loosely packed when measuring.
a white oval baking dish of warm cherry dessert

Look at the buttery-brown topping and the hot, bubbly filling. Every bite is bursting with sweet cherries, warm spices, and a toasted oat topping.

a close up picture of hot cherry dessert on a spoon
overhead picture of a white bowl with a warm cherry dessert topped with ice cream

And who can resist a hot dessert with ice cream melting over the top? The perfect pairing.

a bowl of cherry crumble with vanilla ice cream
overhead picture of a white bowl with a warm cherry dessert topped with ice cream
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5 from 2 votes

Hot Cherry Crumble

Dig into this sweet and comforting Hot Cherry Crumble. Made with sweet-tart cherries and a buttery toasted-oat crumble everyone in the family will love. Learn how to make this easy dessert recipe. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cherry crumble
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 10 Servings
Calories 396kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

Ingredients

  • 42 ounces cherry pie filling two 21 ounce cans
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar loosely packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts optional
  • 1/2 cup butter melted

Instructions

  • First preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Position oven rack to center position. Very lightly spray a 1.5 quart baking dish with non-stick spray.
  • Next, spread the cherry pie filling into the bottom of the dish.
  • In a bowl, combine all the other ingredients. Stir until sand-like clumps form.
  • Evenly crumble the topping over the cherries. This recipe makes A LOT of crumble, so be generous.
  • Bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and let rest 15 minutes.
  • Serve hot with your favorite vanilla ice cream.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 236mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 528IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg

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