Easy Dark Cherry Sauce

This Easy Dark Cherry Sauce can be used in a lot of different recipes including cherry pie (of course), as a topping over ice cream or an icebox pie, and even savory items like pancakes or crepes.

Easy Dark Cherry Sauce

When I was younger, I used to save all of my allowance money just so I could go to the corner store on the weekends to purchase “folded pies”. I used to love them all, but my favorite has always been the cherry pie. The flaky pastry crust (with those buttery edges) filled with an irresistibly sweet cherry filling will brighten any day. And that takes me to this quick and easy recipe…

I recently purchased a bag of dark cherries for a recipe and had a lot leftover so I figured I could try to make something useful out of them — something I could use more than one way. So, say hello to my  Easy Dark Cherry Sauce! 

Easy Dark Cherry Sauce

This sauce can be used in a lot of different recipes including cherry pie (of course), as a topping over some good vanilla ice cream or an icebox pie. But, it is equally delicious on savory items like pancakes or crepes. My Light & Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes would be the perfect match.

Easy Dark Cherry Sauce

Did you know? Cherries not only taste great but they offer some health benefits too like helping to decrease memory loss, lowering blood sugar levels, and lowering the chance of colon cancer.

Easy Dark Cherry Sauce

Tips to make this the best cherry sauce you have ever tasted:

  • This is a very simple recipe that can be altered according to your personal desired thickness just by adding additional cornstarch.
  • Remember to “pit” the cherry by removing the small seed before preparing the sauce. You don’t want to bite into something that will ruin this sweet experience.
  • Fresh cherries are always best, but you can also use frozen cherries.
  • Using a cherry pitter is the easiest route, but there are a lot of other interesting ways to get that pit removed. I’ve seen others use household items like paperclips (Google it :)). Yes, folks get really creative. This also allows you to leave your cherry whole; which looks so much better.
Easy Dark Cherry Sauce

If you are a fan of cherries this Dark Cherry Sauce will be a great idea to give a try on just about any dessert and lots of savory dishes as well.

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Easy Dark Cherry Sauce

Easy Dark Cherry Sauce

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  • Author: Eric Jones
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


This Easy Dark Cherry Sauce can be used in many different recipes, from cherry pies or as a topping over ice cream, pancakes, or crepes.


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  • 4 cups Organic Fresh Dark Cherries
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 4 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 2 tsp Almond Extract


  1. Remove the cherry stem, and using a cherry pitter, remove the seeds.
  2. Add your cherries, sugar, cornstarch, and almond extract into a medium-heated pot. Stir to combine ingredients.
  3. Cook covered for 5 minutes or until the sugar completely dissolves, stirring occasionally. Cook uncovered for an additional 10 minutes until sauce comes to a light boil, stirring occasionally.
  4. Allow sauce to cool and come to room temperature before using it.


Add more cornstarch to achieve desired consistency.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 330
  • Fat: 0g

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  1. Are you missing liquid in this recipe? If you melt sugar on its own, you end up with caramel.

    1. Eric Jones says:

      Hi, Jennie! I’ve updated the instructions. You will actually add the cherries in along with the other ingredients. The liquid will come from the cherries. Thanks!

  2. Are dark cherries also called Bing cherries?

    1. Eric Jones says:

      Yes, they are also known by that name.