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We are a house divided.
No, one of us doesn’t cheer for Iowa and the other for the Huskers. That’d be understandable.
No, instead one of us is an Apple fan and one of us goes for Cherry. It comes up almost every holiday – apple pie or cherry pie? It’s something we’re working through. We haven’t needed to enter Counseling over it yet.

But we’re still a house divided. The solution for us has been plenty of desserts for both of us. Apple Dump Cake and Apple Crisp and Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars for him. Cherry Pie and No Bake Cherry Cheesecake and Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake for me.  We keep working on it.

That’s where this Cheater Cherry Crisp comes from.  It’s essentially what would happen if my Apple Crisp recipe had a love child with a can of Cherry Pie Filling.  That’s why I call it a Cheater Cherry Crisp.  It’s homemade because the topping is homemade.  It’s not homemade because the main ingredient is a can of Cherry Pie Filling.  Call it semi-homemade.  Call it kind of homemade.  I call it a Cheater Cherry Crisp.

Delicious Kind Of Homemade Cherry Crisp! Warm cherries with a homemade oatmeal crisp topping. Serve with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream. #cherry #cherrycrisp #dessert #homemade #semihomemade

It’s delicious.  The simplicity of it doesn’t take away from the taste of it.  You can easily double it if you want to make a bigger pan.  As written, it fits into an 8×8 or a 9×9 pan perfectly, but a bigger 9×13 serving is easily done.

Delicious Kind Of Homemade Cherry Crisp! Warm cherries with a homemade oatmeal crisp topping. Serve with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream. #cherry #cherrycrisp #dessert #homemade #semihomemade

Cheater's Cherry Crisp


  • 1 can cherry pie filling


  • 3/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup melted butter


  1. Dump the cherry pie filling in an 8x8 or a 9x9 pan. 

  2. Mix the topping ingredients together. Place on top of the cherry pie filling.

  3. Bake for 45 minutes on 350.
  4. Serve warm (but not too hot) and preferably with vanilla ice cream on top.

Jayme is a wife to 1 and a mother to four little boys. She tries to coupon, builds a smart stockpile, and always meal plans. While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better – she never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time! You can find her at No Regrets Living.

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