Cherry Jello Pie

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Made with refreshing jello and sweet juicy cherries in a flaky pie crust, this easy no-bake cherry jello pie recipe is the perfect summer dessert.

Fork breaking into a slice of cherry jello pie.

I’m thrilled to bring you this deliciously easy cherry pie recipe today. I just love cold fruit pies and this one is a new spin on my fresh strawberry pie for the cherry lovers among us! It was actually inspired by the children’s book, Enemy Pie, which has a recipe to go with it. My daughter’s librarian is truly the best! The story goes that the perfect way to kill your enemies is to make them your friends by baking a Cherry Enemy Pie.

Since it uses canned cherries, this is one of those pies you can keep all of the ingredients on hand for and make whenever the mood strikes you. You only need a few other ingredients too: sugar, cherry jello, cornstarch, and a pie crust.

Trust me when I say this cherry jello pie is so easy to make. We just need to cook the cherry pie filling, which only takes about 10 minutes. Then you have to patiently wait for it to cool before you pour it into the baked pie shell, which is filled with canned cherries. After a little bit more chill time, it’s ready to serve.

Let me tell you, the combination of the flaky pie crust, refreshing jello, and juicy cherries is a flavor, texture, and taste sensation! Add a little whipped cream on top and folks, I just can’t get enough.

If you’re on the hunt for a cherry cream cheese pie instead, click here. Not let’s whip up this deliciously fresh-tasting cherry jello pie recipe.

Labeled ingredients for cherry jello pie.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Sugar
  • Sweet pitted cherries
  • Cherry gelatin
  • Cornstarch
  • Regula-sized pie crust (store-bought or here’s my recipe for an easy homemade pie crust).

How to Make Cherry Jello Pie

Place jello, cornstarch, and sugar in medium saucepan.

 In a medium saucepan, place your gelatin, sugar, and cornstarch.

Stir ingredients together.

Stir those together.

Pour in water and stir again.

Pour in your water and stir again.

Stir until it becomes translucent.

Now place this over medium-high heat and stir constantly until it becomes translucent.

This will take about 10 minutes or so. It won’t become totally clear unless you are really, really patient.

I knew a patient person once – and it wasn’t me. So let’s just go for translucent.

Basically, you want to cook it long enough for everything to dissolve together and form a gel of sorts.

Then set that aside and let it cool for a bit (about half an hour).

Place cherries in the baked pie crust.

Once cooled, drain the cherries well and place them in your baked pie crust.

See this pretty crust? It’s my mix in the pan one. It’s so easy and I love how it tastes.

Pour filling over cherries.

Now pour your cooled cherry pie gel over the cherries.

Cover and refrigerate cherry jello pie until chilled.

Cover and refrigerate until well chilled.

Slice of cherry jello pie.

It will look a little like this when it’s time to serve it to your friends, families, loved ones, and your very best enemies!

Slice of cherry jello pie with whipped cream.

I highly recommend adding whipped cream (here’s my homemade whipped cream recipe) and a fresh or maraschino cherry on top!


Store leftover pie in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. I don’t recommend freezing jello pie.

Recipe Notes

  • For best results, chill the pie overnight. This is a great pie recipe to make in advance!
  • You can use any kind of pie crust, including a graham cracker crust or even an Oreo cookie crust.

Check out these other treasured cherry recipes:

Lemon Cherry Cheesecake

Cherry Bars

Cherry Cheesecake Cookies

Easy Crescent Cherry Cream Cheese Cobbler

Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

Cherry Crisp Recipe

Cherry Jello Pie

Cherry Jello Pie

Made with jello and sweet juicy cherries in a flaky pie crust, this easy no-bake cherry jello pie recipe is the perfect summer dessert.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry, jello, pie
Servings: 8 slices


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp cherry-flavored gelatin mix
  • 1 15-ounce can sweet pitted cherries
  • 3 heaping tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 regular-sized pie crust baked, homemade pie crust recipe,


  • Combine sugar, cornstarch, and dry gelatin mix and stir well. Add water and cook until thick and clear over medium-high heat, stirring constantly to prevent scorching.
    1 cup sugar, 3 tbsp cherry-flavored gelatin mix, 3 heaping tbsp cornstarch, 1 cup water
  • Set aside and let cool for about 30 minutes.
  • Drain cherries well and arrange them in the bottom of the baked pie shell.
    1 15-ounce can sweet pitted cherries, 1 regular-sized pie crust
  • When the pie filling is cool, pour it over the cherries and chill the pie until ready to serve. Serve with whipped cream.
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Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

~Abraham Lincoln

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  1. I cannot tell you how thankful I was today to have my son and I watch your story! It was just what we needed! THANK YOU!! We can’t have the pie (food allergies), but I love your blog, recipes, stories, and life lessons.

  2. You need to read the book I got Brady… The Horrible, Terrible, Not so very good Day. I think you really could do that one justice.

  3. Loved the story and your reading of it. That was a great lesson. I figured the pie would be good, they would end up being friends, or at least not enemies. Not so fond of cherries, however.

  4. Who needs kids to love your stories? I love them and your recipes. You are a doll! Thank you for making a great start to an already good day!

  5. Christy-

    I’ve seen a few enemy pies over the years and this one looks like it might be the best one ever. Thanks for sharing your artistry with us, and thank you for sharing Enemy Pie!


    Derek Munson (enemy pie guy)

    1. Derek, you are the coolest author ever! Thank you so much for writing such a great book and for sitting through my reading of it!
      Have a fabulous day!

    2. You are so right Derek, she has a way with words and recipes!!! Thoroughly enjoyed the video and the book =)

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