This Cherry Crisp is simple to make, and has the most wonderful flavor, with a crunchy oat topping for a crisp finish. Serve with vanilla ice cream and it’s ready to enjoy!

Cherry Crisp - With Almond Oat Topping In a Ramekin

When I was in Portugal a couple years ago, I bought this sweet cherry liqueur from a tiny little town named Óbidos.  It’s a famous local specialty, and after I tasted a little sample, I decided it definitely merited some space in my suitcase!  The other day I noticed the poor little bottle of cherry liqueur, unopened and hidden behind my more used liqueurs, Brandy, Rum, Frangelico, etc, and decided I needed to do something with it.

Adding Obidos Ginja Liquor to the Cherries

Cherry crisp time! And ohhhhhhh man.  Who can resist a hot bubbling cherry crisp?  Or rather any fruit crisp?!?  I don’t know anybody.  And the best part about this easy and tasty crisp is there is very little prep work.

Cherry Crisps in White Ramekins with Almond Topping

You buy the cherries frozen (they are much cheaper than fresh), and you don’t have to pit them…thank GOODNESS.  I pitted fresh cherries once…one by one…and let me tell you, that got old VERY quickly.

Cherry Liqueur Macerated Dark Cherry Almond Crisps

This Cherry Crisp is simple to make, and has the most wonderful flavor, with a crunchy oat topping for a crisp finish. Serve with vanilla ice cream and it's ready to enjoy!

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  • 16 oz bag dark pitted sweet cherries thawed
  • 2 tbsp cherry liqueur
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp + 1 tsp flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/16 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 3 tbsp butter


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place the thawed cherries in a mixing bowl, and pour in the cherry liqueur. Sprinkle in the sugar and 1 tsp of flour and stir it all together. The small amount of sugar macerates the cherries, bringing their juices out, while the flour will thicken up those juices, creating a cherry sauce. Let that all sit together while you prepare the crisp topping (but if you have an hour to spare, it will taste better if you leave it out for an hour and let the flavors meld).
  • In another mixing bowl, place the rolled oats, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, almonds, and 2 tbsp of flour in a bowl, and whisk to combine. Dice the butter into small cubes, and work the butter into the crisp mixture with your hands or with a pastry blender (you are “cutting” the butter…incorporating the cold butter into the flour almond oat mixture).
  • Spoon the macerated cherries into 5 ramekins (I have 4 ounce ramekins, so it filled 5 of them, but use whatever size you like, or put it in one big baking dish). Add the crisp topping on top, and place the ramekins on a sheet pan so you don’t get bubbling cherry juices on the floor of your oven. Bake for 30 minutes. Scoop a little bit of vanilla ice cream on top if desired, and enjoy while hot and bubbly.


Calories: 233kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 4mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 18g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.