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BEST Cherry Sauce

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This quick and easy cherry sauce recipe is the perfect accompaniment to your dessert – everything from pound cake to waffles, pudding, cheesecake, ice cream and more!  With its silky texture and fabulous flavor, it’s a showstopper!

You’re going love how quick and easy this cherry sauce is to make and how absolutely delicious it is!

If you’re into canning, this sauce is a great way to put the fruits of your labor to use (see my post on how to can cherries).  I can cherries every season and on a whim decided to make a dessert that needed a cherry sauce.  No need to make a run to the store, I just went into my pantry and grabbed a jar of beautiful bing cherries I canned during the Summer.

You can use also use fresh or frozen cherries for this recipe.  Canned cherries are nice option because you can use the cherry-saturated juices in the can as part of the sauce.

This cherry sauce includes fresh lemon juice to provide some contrast with the sweet as well as a touch of almond extract that adds a wonderful depth of flavor.  This sauce can be made well in advance but is quick enough that it requires no advance planning.

With a great flavor and silky texture, this Cherry Dessert Sauce will bring your desserts to life!

cherry sauce recipe dessert easy quick from scratch

Cherry Sauce Recipe

Let’s get started!

As I mentioned above, I’m using canned cherries that I prepared this past Summer because the cherry-infused syrup is perfect to use in place of water.  However, you can absolutely use fresh or frozen cherries.

Place the cherries and 1/2 cup of their syrup from the can in a small saucepan, or water if using fresh or frozen cherries, along with the sugar, lemon juice and butter.  Bring to a boil.  If using fresh or frozen cherries, reduce the heat and simmer for about 3 minutes.

Combine the cornstarch with the water and stir it into the sauce, stirring constantly until thickened, about 1 minutes.

Remove from heat and let cool.

Cover and store the sauce in the fridge for up to a week.

Serve the sauce warm or at room temperature.

cherry sauce recipe dessert easy quick from scratch


A dessert that features this cherry dessert sauce is Risalamande, Denmark’s most popular dessert!

cherry sauce recipe dessert easy quick from scratch



cherry sauce recipe dessert easy quick from scratch


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Cherry Sauce

This delicious cherry sauce is the perfect accompaniment for your cheesecake, pound cake, waffles, rice pudding, ice cream and more!
4.65 from 17 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course condiment, Dessert
Cuisine dessert
Servings 8
Calories 71 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups canned cherries plus 1/2 cup of the light syrup from the can or fresh or frozen cherries plus 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter vegans: use an oil-based spread
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon quality pure almond extract


  • Place the cherries and the syrup or water in a small saucepan along with the sugar, butter and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. If using fresh or frozen cherries, reduce the heat and simmer for another 3 minutes. Stir in the cornstarch mixture, stirring continually until the sauce is thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the almond extract.
  • Cover and store in the fridge where it will keep for up to a week.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.


Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 71kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 16mgPotassium: 45mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 400IUVitamin C: 1.7mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.7mg
Keyword Cherry Sauce
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First published on the The Daring Gourmet Dec 21, 2016

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4.65 from 17 votes (13 ratings without comment)


  1. This was EXACTLY what I wanted to go with my chocolate olive oil cake–making that cake (also easy) very festive for a birthday. And it couldn’t be easier. I wanted to use up some (not very) fresh cherries, so I did a 1.5x recipe and I’m glad I did! Dipped into the sauce for on top of vanilla ice cream–omg, SO good! Thank you!

  2. Hi! I have such a hard time finding the right cherry sauce for ris a la mande (we’re Danish Americans) so I love that you have a recipe. What brand of canned cherries would you recommend? I know there are varieties of tart, sour, sweet, etc. as well. Thanks! Kirsten

    1. Hi Kirsten, I’ve used everything from Kroger brand sweet tart cherries to jarred cherries I bring back from Germany and fresh cherries that I can myself. Tart/sour cherries are pretty common in Denmark. But as long as you don’t accidentally use cherry pie filling or maraschino cherries you really can’t wrong! :)

  3. This was so good! I made baked meringue shells and topped them with a cream filling (a package of cream cheese whipped, 1 cup of sugar mixed in, 2 cups of heavy cream added and whipped until thick; left to sit in the fridge until ready to use). Then I topped it all off using this recipe, with morello sour cherries. It was great! A perfect touch of sour to complement the sweet of the meringue and filling. I will definitely be making again (and sharing the recipe)!