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33 Cherry Recipes to Make While They’re at Peak Juiciness

Picture it: a sun-dappled kitchen counter, an open window, a cool breeze and a bowl full of ripe, sweet cherries waiting to be eaten. Summer means cherry season, and whether you prefer Bing cherries (those are the red ones), Rainiers (the sweet, blush-yellow varietal) or sour ones, here are 33 cherry recipes that let the stone fruit shine.

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This French baked custard is the perfect end to an alfresco dinner.

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When the forecast says 90, who wants to turn on an oven? Luckily, you don’t have to.

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If it’s in a skillet, we’ll eat it. Sweeten the deal with a dollop of freshly whipped cream.

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This recipe is almost no-cook and won’t wilt when you set it out for dinner on the patio. (And it has burrata, so no complaints here.)

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Sour cherries are only come around for a few weeks out of the year, which makes them extra special. (Can’t find any? Use frozen.)

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Make the sauce ahead of time and store it in the fridge for ice cream emergencies.

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We guarantee this is just as decadent as the dessert from your childhood—if not more.

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Sour cherries work best in this pie (and it’s OK to use frozen or canned), but sweet ones will work in a pinch.

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A Johnnycake is a Southern-style, cornmeal-based pancake. The sauce calls for jarred cherries but you might as well use fresh when they’re in season.

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The sauce is tangy, sweet and just spicy enough. Plus, it’s simple to make in your slow cooker.

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Lime, chipotle and cherries are a grilling dream team.

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How to improve on a classic? Make it pretty and portable (and acceptable for breakfast).

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This dish is light, filling and refreshing—exactly what summer lunches call for.

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Would you believe us if we told you they’re gluten-free and vegan? (Thanks, Coterie member Monique Volz.)

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A semifreddo is kind of like ice cream (the name means “half cold” in Italian), but it’s way easier to make at home.

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But if you do want to go the homemade ice-cream route, this flavor can’t be beat.

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Cocktail party for one, coming right up.

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The tartness of the fruit is an ideal complement to the rich, tender cake.

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The tartness of the fruit is an ideal complement to the rich, tender cake.

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The only thing better than ripe cherries is ripe cherries and peaches. We won’t be sharing this one.

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Reap the benefits of this antioxidant-rich salad, courtesy of Monique Volz.

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PureWow Coterie member Maria Lichty knows that topping a bed of greens with fruit is always a good idea.

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It’s five ingredients, dairy-free and just what we crave for breakfast.

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The crunch factor on this dish is extremely high, and we’re not mad about it at all.

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Ten ingredients, 30 minutes and you’re on your way to a Big Salad.

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We’ve died and gone to pie heaven.

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A tart twist on a classic. Bonus points if you grew the basil yourself.

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Any summer fruit would work here (peaches, plums, nectarines), but cherries are our favorite.

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This ice cream has a secret. (Psst: It’s made with coconut milk.)

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Is it breakfast or dessert? It doesn’t matter; it’s delicious.

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This is a fruit salad like you’ve never seen before.

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Bananas are sooo last season. Since cherries and almonds are related (fun fact), they complement each other to a T.

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We’re never making regular crust again. (Just kidding. Kind of.)

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