No-Bake Cherry Crumble

a bowl of no-bake cherry crumble
Prep Time: 
40 minutes
Number of Servings: 
Serves 8
Recipe Source: 
Desserts Illustrated by Cook’s Illustrated ($45, America’s Test Kitchen, 2022)



  • 34 cup sliced almonds, divided
  • 23 cup (3 13 oz) all-purpose flour
  • 14 cup packed (1 34 oz) light brown sugar
  • 14 cup (1 34 oz) granulated sugar
  • 12 tsp vanilla extract
  • 14 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 14 tsp table salt
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted


  • 13 cup (2 13 oz) granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 lbs fresh sweet cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 tsp table salt
  • 14 tsp almond extract
  • 23 cup dried cherries


  1. For the topping: Finely chop 14 cup of the almonds. Combine chopped almonds, flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Stir in melted butter until mixture resembles wet sand and no dry flour remains.
  2. Toast remaining 12 cup almonds in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-low heat until just beginning to brown, about 4 minutes. Add flour mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly browned, 6 to 8 minutes; transfer to a plate to cool. Wipe skillet clean with paper towels.
  3. For the filling: Combine 2 tablespoons of the sugar and the cornstarch in a small bowl; set aside. Combine fresh cherries, lemon juice, vanilla, salt, almond extract, and remaining sugar in now-empty skillet. Cover and cook over medium heat until cherries release their juice, about 7 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking. Uncover, stir in dried cherries, and simmer until cherries are very tender, about 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in cornstarch mixture and simmer, stirring constantly, until thickened, 1 to 3 minutes. Off heat, distribute topping evenly over filling. Return skillet to medium-low heat and cook until filling is bubbling around edges, about 3 minutes. Let cool off heat for at least 30 minutes before serving.


  • Most fruit crisps are baked in the oven, but this one doesn’t require you to turn on the oven at all.
Nutrition Info: 
389 Calories, 5 g Protein, 23 mg Cholesterol, 60 g Carbohydrates, 43 g Total sugars (19 g Added sugars), 5 g Fiber, 16 g Total fat (6 g sat), 223 mg Sodium, ★★ Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 (thiamine), Vitamin C, Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus


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