Easy Cherry Pie

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Cherry-pie on a gray plate.

Hey Recipe Critic readers! Chelsea again from Chelsea’s Messy Apron with an EASY cherry pie today. First off, this pie is absolutely incredible and super simple to make! Plus, this pie could double for either upcoming holiday – Thanksgiving OR Christmas. I’m leaning more towards Christmas though because that vibrant red color just screams Christmas to me! That and, you likely already have your Thanksgiving menu plans ready to go. Or are there some last minute planners out there?

Basically there are two things that makes this pie so easy. First, the actual pie crust. While the crust is homemade, it is 4 ingredients (one of which is water and another is salt!). The pie crust is fool proof and seriously easy. The next thing is that I used Cherry pie filling. It’s so much quicker than pitting lots of cherries and making a homemade filling. Which time seems to be what everyone wants more of during the holidays! So save that time and make this impressive (but secretly easy) cherry pie.

Cherry pie on a plate.



Easy Cherry Pie

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Author Chelsea Lords
Servings: 7 Servings


  • 2 and ½ cups white flour
  • 2/3 cup + 2 tablespoons butter-flavored shortening no substitutes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup ice cold water
  • 2 cans 21 ounces each cherry pie filling
  • Whites from one egg
  • Sugar for sprinkling


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl.
  • With a pastry cutter, cut in the shortening until it resembles very small pieces.
  • Slowly add in the water, stirring in between additions.
  • Knead until a dough comes together remembering that less kneading is always better.
  • Separate the dough into two equal pieces.
  • Roll out one and place in a greased pie tin. Fill the pie with both cans of cherry pie filling.
  • Roll out the other dough and cut into strips to form a lattice crust or just place on top of the cherry filling and cut small holes to vent.
  • Lightly beat the egg whites with a fork and then brush the egg over the pie crust.
  • Lightly sprinkle with a handful of sugar.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned. If the crust is browning too quickly, cover with a tin foil tent.
  • Allow to completely cool before cutting into the pie.


Serves: 7

Calories176kcal (9%)Carbohydrates1gProtein1g (2%)Fat20g (31%)Saturated Fat5g (25%)Sodium334mg (14%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar1g (1%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
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Chelsea Lords

Chelsea is the blogger behind Chelsea’s Messy Apron. She is always experimenting in the kitchen and making new things to eat. “Or I am in the kitchen eating. Both are good.” She tries to eat a balanced diet of healthful foods, but she loves desserts. You will find most of her recipes are healthy and easy, but still taste great! She has found that eating is all about balance and she hopes that that is the case on her site!

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