Recipe for Cherry Oatmeal Crisp

We picked up a big bag of Rainier cherries at the farmer’s market on Saturday. They are sweet and juicy. I have been mixing them into my Greek yogurt this week. I also made individual cherry crisps for dessert.

I love making mini or individual desserts. Everyone feels special because they get their own and it is great portion control. I used our little white ramekin dishes. I pitted the cherries and made an easy oat topping-old fashioned oats, flour, cinnamon, brown sugar, a pinch of salt, and butter. The little crisps bubbled up in no time. I served them with a dallop of vanilla frozen yogurt.

We ate our cherry crisps outside on our patio. Summer, I love you!

Oh and I pitted the cherries by hand-the old school way. I really need to invest in a cherry pitter. Does anyone have one? Do they work well?

Cherry Oatmeal Crisp

(Printable Recipe)

Makes 3 individual crisps-we used small ramekins. You can double or triple it for one large crisp or more individual ones.

About 1 ½ cups Rainer cherries, pitted and halved
2 T sugar
1 T flour

¾ cup old fashioned oats
½ tsp. cinnamon
Pinch of salt
2 T. flour
½ cup brown sugar
2 T. cold butter-cut in small pieces

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray ramekins with cooking spray.
2. In a small bowl sprinkle the cherries with the 2 T of sugar and flour. Mix well. Let sit while you make the oat topping.
3. In a small bowl add the oats, cinnamon, salt, flour, and brown sugar. Stir.
4. Add the butter to the oat mix. Mix with your hands until you have a crumbly mixture.
5. Pour sugared cherries into the sprayed ramekins. Make sure each one is even. Add the oat topping.
6. Place ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes. Until they are bubbling.
7. Cool for a minute and serve. We added a dallop of vanilla frozen yogurt:)

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I LOVE Rainier cherries! I just tried them for the first time at MIL's house this past weekend, and I am hooked!

  2. A cherry pitter was such a good investment as far as I'm concerned. I pitted 8 cups of cherries for jam last week & it made much quicker work of it.
    This is the first year I've made cherry crisp & now I'm seeing them everywhere, so good

  3. I love these blush cherries you used. It's a good as you described.

    Cherry pitters…buy a really good one as any of the ones I bought broke quickly.

  4. They do work well, my family canned them when we were growing up.. all kinds, vans, royal annes, bing & pie…. I can find out for you what my mom has, because she just used it last week!..

  5. Yum! This looks great! I have an OXO brand hand-held cherry pitter and love it! It really cuts down on the time it takes to prep cherries!

  6. These look delicious! I hand pitted cherries for my apple cherry pie since I wasn't at home and it made me remember how useful it is to have one. I def recommend getting one!

  7. Thanks everyone! Glad some of you have cherry pitters and like them. I will have to purchase one.

    Frieda-I go to the market at Pioneer Park, downtown SLC. It is my favorite!

  8. I love that last picture with the little cherry sitting on top! Nice recipe. Crisps are the best for summer enjoyment.
    My family and I are going to SLC this weekend and Lagoon! Any nice good and cheap restraunts you might recommend!

  9. I so often want to make cherry desserts, but I don't have a cherry pitter and never want to do the hard labor! Kudos to you! That looks great!

  10. oxo handheld cherry pitter is the best! we have a ranier cherry orchard here in calif (2000 trees). we've already harvested in may so next year i will have to try your crisp it looks yummy!

  11. i love crisps. i love cherries. the trouble with your individual portions is that it probably wouldn't be enough to sustain me and all my love for crisps and cherries. they look just lovely, and good for you for doing it all by hand. 🙂

  12. LOVE crisps (I have one up on my blog right now!) and cherries are my favorite summer fruit — I'll have to try this!

  13. I love how you make just enough. I need to learn to do that. When I was growing up my mother always said, if your gonna heat up the oven, you might as well double the recipe. It's hard to get her voice out of my head and I'm only cooking for 3. (sigh)
    your crisp looks wonderful. I love cherries!

  14. Cherry pitters cost 10-20 bucks and are SO WORTH IT. I picked up 7 or so pounds of bing cherries for canning a few weeks ago… we spent 10 minutes and canned about 10 cherries and then decided to walk to the grocery store for a cherry pitter. Definitely worth it.

  15. I've never made a cherry crisp! That looks so good! I've also never tried Ranier Cherries. I always see them. Maybe I'll pick some up tonight!

  16. delicious! I ve never seen cherries that colour. they re nice. I don t have a cherry pitter but I was so tempted to buy one this year.

  17. I just saw some of these cherries in the store today and wondered how they tasted! They are so pretty!

    I made some cherry sorbet the other day, so so good!! I was wondering the same about the cherry pitter…my fingers were stained after pitting so many!

    This looks delicious! My favorite type of dessert!

  18. I'm on a cherry kick right now, I can't stop buying (and eating!) them. Your crisp looks phenomenal, Maria!! Rainier cherries are especially wonderful.

    I have a cherry pitter (OXO brand), I think it's definitely worth it when you're working with large quantities of cherries.

  19. I just bought a big bag of Bing cherries that I need to use up. Maybe I'll do that tomorrow. Why did I buy a big bag? Because I just bought a cherry pitter from The Prepared Pantry (dot com). They've got great stuff there. They had free shipping (probably don't now), but I'm really liking the pitter. They seem hard to find in stores, but Amazon and everywhere else online has them.

  20. Yes we will be staying in down town SLC. We only have two full days so any good palce to eat you know of would be great! I heard of a place called Smooches that was on the Food Network.

  21. Lovee all crisps and cobblers. I made a huge apple cobbler tonight. I know it is not apple season, but we do so love a good cobbler.

  22. Gosh you are so sweet .
    Thank you so much for all of the great information! I went to Tony Caputos Deli a few years ago and LOVED it. Im sure we will go there again!
    And… Ha ha I did mean to say Mooches not Smooches!
    So many choices, I will let you know where we go!

  23. Your crisp looks great. I have a cherry pitter (little hand held thing that shoots the pit across the room). I highly recommend one. We have two and my sons shoot the pits at each other. It's a royal mess, but easier than me hand cutting up cherries!! 🙂

  24. Wowowowow it looks so great!!! I should try to bake more often with cherries: the problem is that I cannot control myself and I eat them before I have the time to bake!

  25. Cherry crisp sounds really delicious! About the cherry pitter, I don't why I don't have one. Maybe because I don't really bother to pit the them. I just use them whole with the pit.

  26. You pitted the cherries by hand? I have a cherry pitter but have yet to use it. It was on sale.

  27. Oh dear, do get a cherry pitter! Lovely crisps, I bet the oats and cinnamon were great with the sweet cherries!

  28. There is something special about having your own portion of dessert, much like a cupcake. These little beauties of dessert sound divine.

  29. Having my own little portion of something always makes it seem that much more special. Great use of cherries while they are in season!

  30. Thanks everyone for your comments on the cherry pitter, I see myself owning one in the near future:)

  31. You know we're crazy about our crisps around here and this one just looks too good to be true. Your cheery photos brightened up my otherwise dreary day–it's raining again!


  32. I love rainier cherries, they're so pretty too. I heard you can pit cherries with a chopstick by pushing the pit through, but I've never done it before.

  33. This looks so delicious…it reminds me of a dump cake I make, only this is more..well…healthy. =) I left you an award on my blog, if you'd like to pick it up.

  34. Individual desserts are so cute – your crisps look beautiful. I love fresh cherries… sounds delish!

  35. I have made clafoutis, chutney, cakes, and I still have cherries leftover!
    I will be making these crisps this weekend!

  36. I love that you used these lighter colored cherries!! I love crisps and crumbles. Beautiful pictures!! 🙂

  37. What a perfect individual dessert! I absolutely love Rainier cherries and have been buying them like crazy lately.

  38. I could definitely go for some of this right now. Although the cherries sound wonderful just with the Greek yogurt too!

  39. What a cute dessert! I love the first photo.

    I have a cherry pitter and while it's still messy, it's much quicker!

  40. RecipeGirl did a post on a cherry pitter a little while back, she seemed to really like it. Of course you know me, I don't pit mine, I just baked them right into the dessert! BAHAHA I still can't believe I did that :-/

  41. Maria- these look fabulous! We have been eating a lot Rainier cherries and just made a similar dessert tonight. I wish I would have seen your post first because I love oats in the topping of crisps. I made a crumble. Looks beautiful. I love your pictures.

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