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Cherry-Almond Crumble

Cherry Almond Crumble topped with ice cream

Recently, Whole Foods asked if I’d like to help them celebrate cherry season by baking something delicious with their organic cherries. Cherries? And Whole Foods? Of course, I said yes!

I have to tell you that I had a difficult time narrowing down what I wanted to bake with those gorgeous cherries. I thought of some far more elaborate desserts, but ultimately I reasoned that the best way to use such lovely cherries was to make something that would really let you enjoy their flavor. That led to this wonderfully delicious crumble!

Cherry-Almond Crumble is a simple and delicious combination of fresh cherries and a sweet, nutty crumb topping. - Bake or Break

This crumble is so simple to make and a true pleasure to eat. The topping is wonderfully crunchy and crispy with plenty of oats, almonds, and brown sugar. Underneath that is a simple combination of cherries, sugar, and a hint of cinnamon and vanilla.

I must tell you that this has become an instant summer favorite for me and Quinn. A bowl of this crumble with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream is pretty much perfect!

Find more cherry recipes in the Recipe Index!

Cherry-Almond Crumble

Yield 8 to 10 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes

Cherry-Almond Crumble is a simple and delicious combination of fresh cherries and a sweet, nutty crumb topping.

Cherry Almond Crumble topped with ice cream


For the filling:

  • 1 & 1/2 pounds cherries, rinsed and pitted*
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the crumble:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almonds, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes


To make the filling:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly butter a 9-inch round baking pan.
  2. Combine the cherries, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and vanilla. Set aside while you make the crumble.

To make the crumble:

  1. Combine the flour, brown sugar, oats, almonds, and salt. Add the butter and mix with a pastry blender, a fork, or your fingers until the mixture forms crumbs.
  2. Transfer the cherry mixture to the prepared pan. Sprinkle the crumb evenly over the cherry mixture.
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until the filling is bubbly and the topping is golden brown.
  4. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled. Top with ice cream!


*I used a combination of different cherries. Just use your favorite or combine varieties! I also used them whole, but feel free to chop them if you prefer.

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    20 Comments on “Cherry-Almond Crumble”

  1. Thanks for the lovely giveaway, Jennifer! Love Whole Foods! And, cherries are my favorite fruit, too!

  2. That crumble looks delicious! Thanks!

  3. This cherry recipe looks wonderful! Thanks

  4. i make cherry cobblers

  5. Loving this crumble!! such a yummy flavour 🙂

  6. Lovely giveaway! Love the cherry almond crumbles, looks really delish <3

  7. This crumble looks delicious, and I love the addition of the almonds! I love cherries in crisps, cobblers, or pie!

  8. I love fruit crumbles! This looks delicious!

  9. I love Cherries with Ricotta and Toasted Almonds!

  10. I made this crumble the other day with sour cherries. It is delicious! Quick to make too!

  11. Love cherries flambed with kirsch over vanilla ice cream!

  12. I like my cherries simple and delicious…so I know I’d love these! Cherries have been AWESOME this season. Can’t wait to make this with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!

  13. Hi Jennifer,

    I have made this crumble a couple of times using sour cherries, with delicious results. I would like to make this for a party this weekend and will need a bit more than the original recipe makes. Was thinking maybe a 9X13 pan. Would you have a suggestion for what fraction to increase the recipe by?

    Thanks very much.


  14. Can this be made with frozen mixed berries,? and if so, how much cornstarch should I use? and should berries be thawed first?

    • Hi, Buni. I’ve never made it with frozen berries, but I’m sure that would be fine. You can thaw them or not. That’s up to you. I might add another teaspoon or two of cornstarch if you’re using them frozen.

  15. I have always loved making and serving any kind of fruit cobbler, they are usually fast and easy and come out so good! I’m trying this one of yours for the Holiday weekend! Baking is FUN!

  16. What type of cherries do you use? I have sour cherries available but don’t know how to adjust the sugar is sour is used instead of Bing.

    • Hi, Margaret. You can use whichever kind you prefer. You don’t necessarily need to adjust the sugar; the flavor will just be a bit different. If you want more sweetness, I would try adding an extra tablespoon of sugar to the filling.

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