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Celebrate Groundhog Day with Cherry Cranberry Crisp!

February 2, 2018

Edited GroundhogGroundhog Day is near and dear to my heart. Maybe it’s because I grew up in Pennsylvania where Punxatawney Phil was a pretty big deal. There’s another reason, which embarrasses my brothers when I talk about it, so you’ll just have to read my Groundhog Day blog post from two years ago where I explain it all. Be forewarned — it involves sex.

Since there is no official dessert for Groundhog day, I’m making one up. Cherry-Cranberry Crisp – it has all the flavor of cherry pie filling with the tartness of cranberries, and tastes great with vanilla ice cream.  It’s perfect for that bag of cranberries you still have in the freezer and it can double as a President’s Day dessert too! George Washington and Abe Lincoln would have loved it and I’m fairly certain serving it can bring about world peace.

If you don’t have a bag of cranberries in the freezer, this is a good excuse to go buy some. Some stores still have fresh ones, but frozen work fine too.

close up cherry cran crispI found this recipe years ago in an ad for Comstock cherry pie filling. It was for Cherry Cranberry Pie, but is even easier and very tasty as a crisp, so that’s what I make when I need a quick dessert. And this recipe makes enough crisp topping for two pies, so you can just save half in the freezer for the next time you feel like baking a crisp.

I was doing fairly well on my New Year plan to eat less dessert, but this dessert nipped that right in the bud.

Cherry Cranberry Crisp

Crumble Topping

1 cup flour

2 cups whole, uncooked Quaker Oats

1 cup light brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1 stick melted butter (not unsalted)

Mix together dry ingredients, then add melted butter with fork, stirring to make sure all ingredients are combined.  It should look pebbly. This is enough to cover two pies or crisps.

cherry cran closeupSet the topping aside and mix together:

Cherry Cranberry Filling

1 can of cherry pie filling

2 cups of fresh or frozen cranberries rinsed

3/4 cup of sugar

2 Tbsp corn starch

Thoroughly mix together, pie filling, rinsed cranberries, sugar and corn starch in a large mixing bowl. Then pour them into a buttered, deep dish pie pan or casserole dish.  Sprinkle 1/2 of the topping over the cherry cranberry filling, just to cover it. Don’t make the topping too thick. Freeze the other topping for later use.  Bake at 350 for one hour to an hour and 10 minutes, or until filling bubbles.  If topping starts looking too brown, cover it lightly with a piece of foil.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. Share with friends and strangers and watch world peace ensue.




  • Reply
    Bernie Tunno
    February 3, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    That is a dorky looking ground

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      February 5, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      Well, he is dead and stuffed. Give the poor guy a break. I’m sure he looks better than I would. He is Carolyn’s. She dresses him up for every holiday.

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    Donna tunno
    February 2, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Me too!

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      February 2, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      I’m not sure what the me too is in response to, but I’m with you 100%! xoxo

  • Reply
    February 2, 2018 at 7:25 am

    Happy Groundhog Day, Fran. Happy Groundhog Day, Fran. Happy Groundhog Day, Fran. Happy Groundhog Day, Fran… ha! Love you, and thanks for this delicious recipe!!

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      February 2, 2018 at 8:06 pm

      Thanks Nicol, Thanks Nicol,Thanks Nicol,Thanks Nicol! It’s easy too! Enjoy!

  • Reply
    JoAnn Jones
    February 2, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Your Cherry/ Cranberry Crisp recipe sounds delicious & easy to make. Thank you, Fran, I will definitely make this !!! 😘😊 Hope you are well & keeping warm. JoAnn

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      February 2, 2018 at 8:05 pm

      You will like it JoAnn, trust me! Add vanilla ice cream and it becomes an addiction! Happy Groundhog Day!

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