DIY: Fresh Cherry Sauce for Ice Cream and Yogurt

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DIY: Fresh Cherry Sauce

The first time I made it, I called it “Cheater’s Cherries Jubilee.” For a few nights more in a row than I’ll admit on the internet, I pitted ~2 dozen cherries into a small bowl, dropped a piece of orange peel in, and popped it in the microwave for 90 seconds.

I scooped the still-warm, slightly-tart cherry sauce over a bowl of vanilla ice cream and borderline inappropriately oooh’ed and aaah’ed my way through dessert.

But only borderline inappropriately.

DIY: Fresh Cherry Sauce

90 seconds. That’s all it took for a quarter-pound of fresh cherries to cook into a borderline magical dessert sauce. No butter, no booze, and most importantly: I still have both of my eyebrows.

After a couple of nights of making single-serving cherry sauce in the microwave, I buckled down and pitted an entire pound of cherries for a larger, “yogurt topping” batch.

It took two 90-second trips through the microwave with a couple of pieces of orange peel, a little cornstarch to help it “gel” just a bit more, and a few drops of liquid stevia at the end just to sweeten it enough to take the edge off my morning bowl of plain Greek yogurt. (When I make it for ice cream, I dodn’t add sweetener at all.)

DIY: Fresh Cherry Sauce

Making your own fresh cherry dessert topping couldn’t be easier. I mean, maybe it could… but I think you’ll be happier with a DIY version than opening up a jar.

And it’s applications are endless: top pancakes and waffles, scoop over ice cream, swirl into your favorite brownie batter, serve over plain cheesecake, swirl into yogurt… I could keep going. But then I’d have to make another batch.

DIY: Fresh Cherry Sauce

Fresh Cherry Sauce

Fresh cherries are turned into a decadent ice cream or yogurt topping in just 3 minutes in the microwave.


  • ~1 1/4 lb cherries, pitted to yield 1 lb
  • 2 1x3-inch lengths of orange peel
  • 1/2 tsp arrowroot or cornstarch
  • Sweetener of choice (optional; I used 4 drops liquid stevia)


  1. Place cherries and orange peel in a microwave-safe bowl and sprinkle cornstarch over top.
  2. Microwave on high for 90 seconds, stir, and heat for another 90 seconds - the mixture will bubble up so don't walk away! Or better, place a paper towel under the bowl.
  3. Add any sweetener, if desired, and let cool a bit.
  4. Scoop the still-warm sauce over ice cream for Cheater Cherries Jubilee or chill completely and swirl into yogurt.
  5. Will keep at least a week in a jar in the fridge.


Yields: 2 cups

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 15 minutes

10 comments… add one
  • Ooh wow, I had no idea it could be so simple to make cherry sauce! Putting it in/on brownies sounds AMAZING!!

  • This is ingenious, I would just eat the whole batch as is, no ice cream, brownie, or yogurt necessary!!

  • Breanna

    Favorite cherry pitter/method?

  • This color!! Oh so pretty and delicious!

  • Dee

    Perfect timing for this delicious recipe! I just bought several pounds of cherries at Whole Foods One Day Sale yesterday!

  • Some simple things can be so good! xx

  • Looks amazing, and so easy too! Thanks for sharing!! : )

  • How many cherries do I have on my counter? SO MANY. And more than enough to make a few batches of this! YES.

  • AliceB

    Made this Saturday night for my in-laws to spoon over some Bluebell Homemade Vanilla. Added a splash of bourbon, because duh. It was so crazy good! Thanks for sharing!!

  • simple and so beautiful.

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