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Idaho Cherry Pie

 We are currently in the middle of a heat wave with temperatures reaching the triple digits. Summer has indeed arrived, and one of my favorite summer celebrations is the 4th of July!

During the month of June, I would like to share some of my favorite star-spangled desserts to celebrate America’s birthday with a bang!


The girls and I have thoroughly been enjoying cherry season — my parents’ cherry tree is filled with ripened cherries! We’ve literally picked bags full, and it is still bursting with color! The robins who built their nests nearby are also extremely delighted and have become quite tame as we pick cherries together!

I was inspired to bake a patriotic pie for my first dessert — which would also be a great addition to any summer picnic or party!


Idaho Cherry Pie

Pie Crust Recipe from King Arthur Flour

*I prefer to use all organic ingredients

*I substituted 1/4 cup Palm Fruit Shortening for the Vegetable Shortening

Cherry Filling

5 cups tart cherries, pitted

1/2 cup raw cane sugar

1/4 cup coconut sugar

1/4 cup raw honey

1 Tablespoon vanilla

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/8 teaspoon salt



-While preparing your pie crust, combine cherries, sugar, coconut sugar, honey and vanilla in a medium-sized bowl. Stir well, allowing flavors to combine.

-When crust is ready, add lemon juice, cornstarch and salt to cherries and stir well.

-Pour cherry filling into prepared crust and top with stars and stripes crust décor.



-For the stars, I used a star template, but a star cookie cutter would be ideal. For the stripes, simply cut into 1″ strips to lay across the pie, sealing ends to the edges of the crust.

-Brush stars and stripes with egg white and sprinkle with raw cane sugar.

-Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 35-40 minutes or until crust is a deep golden brown and filling begins to bubble.


Serve warm or cool. This pie pairs extremely well with a scoop (or two) of vanilla  ice cream! It’s as American as apple … er, cherry pie!



  1. Looks delicious and so patriotic! I love it!

    1. Thank you so much, Claudia! 🙂

  2. Looks amazing!

  3. Oh My! Love the photo’s and the pie looks delicious!

    1. Thank you so very much — your kind words mean so much! 🙂

  4. I love what you did to the crust! What a beautiful pie 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment! 🙂

  5. How wonderful to have a cherry tree! The pie looks so delicious and patriotic !!

    1. Thank you so much, Marisa! 🙂

  6. Love the photos! Looks delicious.

    1. Thank you so much, honey bee! 🙂 I appreciate your kind comment!

  7. We don’t celebrate the 4rth of July here- but I don’t suppose that’s reason enough not to make a cherry pie! I love them!

    1. Absolutely! I love cherry pies, too, and could eat them anytime! 😉

  8. Your pie is just beautiful! Those cherries look wonderful! I grew up with a couple cherry trees and it was always a race to see who got more…the birds or us! My grandmother would hang tin pie pans in the tree but don’t know that it really worked.

    1. Thanks so much, Julie! The cherries have been amazing this year! The robins and other various birds along with the squirrels are so incredlibly delighted — it has been quite a race! Lol! Gearing up for the apricot season race! 😉

  9. Oh your pie looks so tasty and my, those fresh cherries look great ! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, dear Lynne! 🙂

  10. When we lived in that part of the world (SLC) we always looked forward to cherry time because we and a couple had enough trees to keep us all busy, including preserving. Your pie is a work of art

    1. That sounds wonderful, Darryl! The cherries have been incredible this year! Thank you so much for your kind compliment — you are so kind!

  11. Oh, Anna! How lovely in every way!!

  12. Yum yum! I want a piece of this pie👌😊

    1. Thank you so much, dear Leyla! I wish I could share this pie with you! 🙂

  13. such a beautiful pie ! I love it…I must try the recipe ! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Anita! I hope you will enjoy the recipe! 🙂

  14. This is patriotic and oh so very yum yum 😊

    1. Thank you so very much! 🙂

  15. what a gorgeous pie!

    1. Thank you so much, dear Lynn! I wish we could share it together! 🙂

      1. me too! I love this! xo

  16. Nicole

    Yum…That pie looks so good Anna!! I love how you decorated it!!

    1. Thank you so much, Nicole! Wish we could share it together! 😉

  17. This pie is so festive, Anna! Perfect for our patriotic celebrations…delicious too. 😛

    1. Thank you so much, Nancy! 🙂

  18. I can’t believe I missed commenting on this! I loved it on FB… Anyway I think this is a beautiful pie! Of course I’ll have to use Michigan cherries! 😉

    1. Thanks so much, Sadie! 🙂 And Michigan cherries sound wonderful!! 😉

      1. My mom just made a cherry pie with cherries from her tree a few days ago, wouldn’t it be fun to swap cherries… Or better yet, pies!

        1. Ahh, that would be so much fun!! 😀

  19. Beautiful! We love cherry pie around here. How neat to be able to pick your own!

    1. We had a great time picking cherries — I have never seen my Dad and Mom’s tree so full — there are still tons on there! 🙂

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