Category Archives: Desserts

Sour Cherry Pie and Canning Cherry Pie Filling

Sour Cherry Pie

Happy Canada Day!

Today’s recipe is a classic sour cherry pie filling that makes wonderful pie, or a delicious topping for vanilla ice cream or yogurt.

When we were in Pittsburgh, there was an awesome farm close by that sold buckets of pre-pitted sour cherries for a couple of weeks every summer. I am not a fan of pitting cherries, so I LOVED this! These cherries were perfect for making lots of jars of canned cherry pie filling that could be used throughout the year.

We have now moved and are too far to get these cherries anymore. As I’m still not a fan of pitting my own cherries, I rarely make multiple jars of canned cherry pie filling anymore. Okay, never. But I did scale down the recipe to make a single cherry pie (from either fresh or canned sour cherries).

For those who LOVE pitting cherries, or have access to places that will pit them for you, I have also included the large batch canning recipe.

And for those looking for a visual on making a lattice pie crust, here are a few photos:

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To avoid burned edges when baking your pie, use a pie crust shield after the first 10 minutes of baking. If you don’t have a commercial pie crust shield, it is easy to make your own. See the easy tutorial in the following link. This method does NOT use foil strips! That just leads to frustration and burnt fingers.

Make-Your-Own Pie Crust Shield

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Strawberry Lemonade Cake

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Strawberries and lemons are a perfect pairing for a sweet summer dessert. This cake has three layers of lemon cake filled with a strawberry Swiss meringue buttercream and garnished with candied lemon peels and whole strawberries.

Candied lemons are easy to make; just be sure to slice the lemons very thinly and remove any seeds. The leftover syrup can be used to sweeten a pitcher of fresh lemonade!

Candied Lemon Peel

Swiss Meringue Buttercream is a light and airy frosting that is not too sweet. The addition of strawberry puree makes it extra delicious!

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Berry Mousse Cheesecake with Fruit Glaze (Sugar Free)

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A light and delicious sugar-free dessert that will please the whole family.

The filling is a no-bake light and airy cheesecake flavored with pureed strawberries and raspberries.

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Take your dessert from simple to stunning by topping with a fresh raspberry glaze and garnishing with stabilized whipped cream and fresh berries.

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Valentine Whipped Shortbread Cookies

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Simple to make shortbread cookies made festive with Valentine sprinkles.  So much easier than rolling, cutting out, and frosting regular sugar cookies.

The dough is quick to make with no chilling or rolling required. The addition of cornstarch to the cookie dough helps these to melt in your mouth.

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Twelfth Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (Bar Cookies): Recap

A list of all 12 of this year’s brownies, bars, and blondies:

Merry Christmas and Happy Baking!

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DAY 1: Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

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DAY 2: Lemon Bars

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DAY 3: Chocolate Nutella Brownies

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DAY 4: M&M Sugar Cookie Bars

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DAY 5: Frosted Zucchini Brownies

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DAY 6: Pecan Toffee Blondies

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DAY 7: Shortbread Brownies

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DAY 8: Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Blondies

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DAY 9: No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

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DAY 10: Gingerbread Cookie Bars with Caramel Icing

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DAY 11: Almond Toffee Triangles

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DAY 12: Raspberry Crumb Bars

 

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For more cookie recipes, check out the previous eleven years of Christmas cookie ideas:

1st Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2009)

2nd Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2010)

3rd Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2011)

4th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2012)

5th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2013)

6th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2014)

7th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2015)

8th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2016)

9th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2017)

10th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2018)

11th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2019)

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Raspberry Crumb Bars

Raspberry Crumb Bars

DAY 12: Raspberry Crumb Bars

These raspberry bars are a shortbread based cookie, which makes them pretty crumbly to eat, but I love the combination of raspberries and nuts.

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