Jill’s Cherry Crisp


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups pitted tart red cherries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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Mix brown sugar, flour, oats, butter, and cinnamon together in a bowl until crumbly. Press half the mixture into the bottom of an 8×8-inch pan; top with cherries.

Combine water, white sugar, cornstarch, and vanilla extract in a saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved and syrup is clear, about 5 minutes. Pour syrup over cherries; top with remaining brown sugar-oat mixture.

Bake in the preheated oven until topping is browned and cherry filling is bubbling, 30 to 35 minutes.