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Cherries with Cinnamon Dumplings


This old-fashioned dessert is made by simmering fruit with cinnamon dumplings that soak up the sweet syrup as they cook.

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  • Servings: 6

Source: Everyday Food, March 2005


  • 2 bags (16 ounces each) frozen dark sweet cherries
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • Ice cream, for serving (optional)


  1. Combine cherries and 1/3 cup sugar in a large skillet. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high; simmer rapidly until syrupy, 8 to 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and remaining tablespoon sugar; set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt; gradually stir in milk, mixing just until a wet dough forms.

  3. Reduce heat to medium-low. Spoon tablespoons of dough (you should have about 18) over simmering fruit; sprinkle all with cinnamon-sugar.

  4. Cover skillet; simmer very gently until dumplings are set and dry to the touch, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve warm, with ice cream if desired.

Cook's Notes

Be careful not to overmix the batter for the dumplings; it should be wet and lumpy.

Reviews Add a comment

  • kgibson9
    27 MAY, 2011
    Amazing. However, next time I'll add another cup of cherries; I used fresh and found there to not be enough to my liking.
  • gwenwyn
    17 AUG, 2008
    I've made this many times, and have found that it works with a variety of berries. Instead of using frozen cherries, I've tried it with fresh blackberries and raspberries. It turns out great every time!
  • spababy120
    27 DEC, 2007
    amazingly simple and delicious dessert. it is so easy you feel like you're almost cheating!