Cherries with Cinnamon Dumplings

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins

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


  • 2 bags (16 ounces each) frozen dark sweet cherries

  • cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ 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.

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