Michigan Cherry Tart Recipe


My homemade Michigan Cherry Tart Recipe is the easiest, most delicious cherry tart recipe you will ever find. It’s so quick and easy to make, all you need are 4 common staples from your pantry, a jar of this famous cherry spread (see source below), and a fork to gobble it up πŸ’ .

Did you know the beautiful state of Michigan is known for it’s gorgeous delicious cherries? If you visit Michigan (or live here like me) you’ll usually find many cherry recipes on all of the restaurant menus across the state. You’ll even find cherries in salads.

When I came across this Michigan cherry fruit spread on line through Instacart (Costco), I just knew my husband and son would love it on their toast, English muffin, or biscuit. Little did I know that I would want to hide in a closet and devour it all 🀭! Honestly, I will never purchase “ordinary” jam again. I hope my photo shows the big chunks of cherries…

After a few days of spreading this sweet, yet slightly sour Michigan cherry spread on our biscuits with a little butter πŸ˜†, I began to think…I bet this stuff would make a good pie filling, or even a tart.

I’ve never made a homemade tart before, so when I looked up a basic recipe, I noticed how much crust was involved, and I really didn’t want the hassle of a huge perfect crust 😴. I wanted something easier. Faster. Like NOW πŸ’.

(See/print complete Michigan Cherry Tart Recipe below.)

My Simple 10 Minute Mix-In-Pie Plate Crust

BOOM! It was then cherry lightening bolts struck down right in our kitchen, and I remembered my simple 10 minute mix-in-pie-plate crust. I just knew it would be perfect. Or, at least I hoped.

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Now, I normally use this simple (very yummy crusty) crust for my Dutch Apple Pie, and my Cranberry Pecan Pie, but for this new Michigan Cherry Tart idea, all I needed to do was follow the same crust recipe, minus the fillings. I also didn’t need to spread the dough up the sides of my baking dish. All I had to do was press it into the bottom go my sprayed baking dish (I used a white round porcelain baking dish similar to this one, but a pie plate will work, too. You could even go square if you want).

(See/print complete Michigan Cherry Tart Recipe below.)

The Michigan Cherry Tart Filling

Michigan Cherry Fruit Spread

After that crust was pressed nice and smooth into the bottom of my sprayed baking dish, I then loaded on the Michigan Cherry Fruit Spread. I basically used enough to cover the enter crust with about 1/4 inch thickness of filling. You could certainly do more if you desire.

Lastly, I baked it for 1 hour at 350 degrees, and don’t forget to let it cool about 20 minutes to help that spread “set”. I served it warm with vanilla frozen yogurt, but it really doesn’t need anything. It is perfect with a glass of milk. (See/print complete Michigan Cherry Tart Recipe below.)

I sure hope you try it! πŸ’

Note: The jar of Michigan Cherry Fruit Spread in my photo is the same as in the Amazon links, however just different labels. Both versions have reduced sugar than regular jam, or preserves and that is one of the reasons I love this cherry spread. Please consult the information on Amazon for full nutritional information.

Yield: 8

Michigan Cherry Tart

Michigan Cherry Tart

This delicious sweet & sour cherry tart is made simply in a pie plate using a 4 ingredient flaky crust recipe and Michigan cherry fruit spread.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • Michigan Cherry Fruit Spread
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray pan with cooking spray.
  3. Combine oil, milk, salt, and flour in pie plate.
  4. Press crust into bottom of pan.
  5. Spread cherry fruit spread on crust so it is approximately 1/4 inch thick. You can go thicker if desired.
  6. Bake 1 hour or until sides begin to brown.
  7. Cool for 20 minutes and serve warm with vanilla ice cream, or by itself.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 216Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 0mgSodium 137mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 3g

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7 Responses

  1. Dad says:

    Looks real good to me, love to all Dad in NY.

  2. CollrerenB.~Tx. says:

    Oh My; that looks Divine and such an easy recipe too boot.
    Thank You.
    Enjoy your day; stay safe & stay healthy.

  3. ColleenB.~Tx. says:

    Had a thought.
    Using the Michigan Cherry Spread; have you thought about making Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream? I bet it would be delicious. (if only I had an ice cream maker)

  4. Bette says:

    Hi again:
    Just read your recipe for cherry tart, which I will be making. Thanks Julie.
    Happy Memorial Day to you and the family.

    Cheers, Bette

  5. shopatblu says:

    I’m all about EASY, FAST, NOW! Can’t wait to try that pie crust too!

  6. DD Cross says:

    I love to bake and your cherry tart looks divine!

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