Grilled Cinnamon Cherries

A simple, yet wonderful sauce from fresh cherries. Spooned over a favorite dessert, this sauce takes your dessert over the top with compliments that are sure to promote your chef status! Here’s a bonus tip for a refreshing change; try the addition of fresh herbs. With a hint of fresh rosemary, basil or thyme, this becomes a savory sauce that complements any meat dish, but is especially nice on fish, chicken and pork.

YIELD: 4 servings


    • 3 cups fresh Dark Sweet or Rainier cherries, pitted
    • 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


    1. Place 3/4 cup cherries on each of four 12-inch squares of heavy duty aluminum foil.
    2. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle each mound of cherries with 1 to 2 teaspoons cinnamon sugar.
    3. Wrap cherries with a double fold.  Fold both ends to make tightly sealed packets.  Place on barbecue grill over medium heat and grill packets 8 to 10 minutes, or until cherries are thoroughly heated, but still firm.
    4. Serve over ice cream or dessert of choice.

Oven Method:  Wrap cherries per directions above.  Place packets on cookie sheet or shallow pan and bake at 400 degrees F 10 to 12 minutes.  

Serving suggestion:

  • Remove cherries from aluminum packets and serve with ice cream, vanilla yogurt, sour cream or whipped cream.
  • Serve hot or cold over rich biscuits or pound cake for cherry shortcake

Tips: The following ingredients may be added to the recipe if desired.

  • 2 tablespoons  toasted blanched almonds
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract


Nutritional Analysis Per Serving: 118 Calories, 1 g protein, 28 g carbohydrate, 1 g fat (8% Cal. From fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 2 g dietary fiber, 3 mg sodium.


Recipe created by: Northwest Cherries