Roasted Buttered Cherries

I may have accidentally, totally on purpose, bought two pounds of fresh dark red, beautifully sweet cherries. They were on sale for under $2.00 a pound – which, I don’t know what part of the world you live in, but that RARELY happens here – so I totally went a bit cross-eyed in the produce section and bought two pounds.

It occurs to me now, as I type this, that this is the third dessert recipe (and the second featuring ice cream) you’ve gotten from me this month. Sorry, not sorry. It’s summer: I want all the fresh and or ice cream related things.

First and foremost if you’re going to eat fresh cherries get thyself a cherry pitter. DO EET. It will save you time and from having crazy red stained fingertips (really, your hands will look like a crime scene if you pit cherries with a knife #learnfromme).

This dessert is one of those lovely things you can make ahead of time (the cherries really do need to cool), that is INCREDIBLY easy to make (you mix three things together and plop it in the oven), and utterly decadent (hello, butter). You’ve got no excuses for not making this: if you can operate and oven, you can AND should make this.

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Roasted Buttered Cherries
originally from Bon Appetit


3 cups pitted cherries
4 TBSP unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup sugar
Vanilla ice cream (for serving)


Preheat oven to 350°.

Toss cherries with butter and sugar on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until softened and caramelized, 15–20 minutes (my cherries came in perfectly roasted and caramalized at 28 minutes – so just keep an eye on them and keep roasting if they don’t look done after the initial 15 – 20 minutes).

Let cool.

Serve over vanilla ice cream.

Have you tried out any new summertime desserts this summer yet? What was your favorite so far?


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