Easy Rustic Cherry Tart Recipe

Do love delicious desserts as much as I do? I thought you might! Today I’m sharing my Easy Rustic Cherry Tart Recipe! It’s so yummy!

First I’d like to ask you a question!  Are you familiar with those recipes that you make so often that they become such family favorites, that you no longer need the recipe to make them? Knowing them by heart has its advantages, doesn’t it?

This is that type of recipe!

Meanwhile, for years my mom made this delicious and Easy Rustic Cherry Tart Recipe for so many family events I couldn’t begin to count them all.

Before I continue, let’s go back just a bit if I may.  Several months ago, when I was looking through my recipe books, is when I came across my mother’s cherry tart recipe.

Now mind you, I have lots and lots of her delicious recipes. She was quite an amazing cook and baker. But, her rustic Cherry Tart Recipe was one of my favorites. 

cherry tart on dish with whipped topping on top
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Savor the Season: Crafting a Delectable Rustic Cherry Tart

One day I remember her calling me up and asking me to stop over to her house. My mom had wanted to give me something. That something was a box. A box that was filled with her recipe cards, torn-out recipes from magazines, you name it. It was in there.

Undoubtedly, this was interesting to me, to say the least. Because at this time, I confess, I didn’t cook or bake that often. So home they came with me with open arms and the wish to ‘have more time’ to bake and cook. 

These were busy times, I suppose, as I was busy with young children running in every direction, driving them to school events, basketball games, and more! I made dinners that were quick and easy, but it was more of a necessity rather than a luxury to take the time to fuss and try new things.

Fast forward to current days where this has changed quite a bit. Just as I’m sure it’s true for you, being home through our last few years precipitated more at-home meals for my family.

During his time, I found that I really enjoy baking and cooking!  

Apparently, my mom knew me before I knew me and was prepping me for what was to come. 

dough being rolled out on wooden board for cherry tarts

From Orchard to Oven: A Step-by-Step Guide to Perfecting Your Rustic Cherry Tart Recipe

By all rights, if you haven’t gathered this yet, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that this is her recipe. While I’m uncertain where she acquired it, what I do know is that it was somewhere in the late ’50s or ’60s because that’s how far back I can remember her and the sweet scent billowing from the kitchen. This delicious Rustic Cherry Tart Recipe has been served for that long in our family! 

If you came by our home for birthdays, anniversary parties, lunch, dinner, or family Sunday pasta dinners, chances are you would get a Cherry Tart!

(Many trays of tarts were delivered to friends and families throughout our little town.)

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Margarine
  • Cherry Pie Filling

Instructions to make Rustic Cherry Tarts

  • Mix Dry Ingredients in a Large Mixing Bowl
  • Create a hole in the middle of the dry ingredients
  • Add eggs, Milk, Vanilla, and Margarine in the center of the dry ingredients
  • Mix thoroughly
  • Work dough with your hands until a ball is created
  • Save a small portion of dough for strips across
  • Press dough into a 13 x 19 Baking Pan
  • Top with 1 Can of Cherry Filling
  • Cover with cut strips of dough for a lattice look
  • Bake at 375 for 35 minutes
cherry tarts being made on counter

Easy Rustic Cherry Tart Recipe

Would you like to know the secret as to why it’s so easy?

Here is the secret. Everything is mixed in one bowl and then pressed into the baking dish. Bake and serve!

cherry tart on dish with whipped topping

Easy Rustic Cherry Tart Recipe

This easy Rustic Cherry Tart Recipe can be made in one bowl! It's truly the easiest dessert that is packed with delicious flavor!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 275 kcal


Dry Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt

Liquid Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup Margarine
  • 1 can Cherry or any berry filling


  • Mix Dry Ingredients in Large Mixing Bowl
  • Create a hole in middle of dry ingredients
  • Add eggs, Milk, Vanilla, Margarine in center of dry ingredients
  • Mix thoroughly
  • Work dough with hands until a ball is created
  • Save a small portion of dough for strips across
  • Press dough into 13 x 19 Baking Pan
  • Top with 1 Can of Cherry Filling
  • Cover with cut strips of dough for lattice
  • Bake at 375 for 35 minutes
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Did I say it easy? 🙂 Baking doesn’t get easier than this!

Blueberry or apple filling would be delicious also! 

If you enjoyed this post, you may enjoy reading my Easy Baked Pear Recipe!

This recipe is always a hit!

Or this delicious dessert for any occasion!

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  1. Brought back some memories. Mom made pies on Tuesday when we were growing up. Cherry was a favoite! This tartt version is so pretty!

    1. Such a great memory Linda! Both my parents were big into baking! A great memory of them, Dad would roll dough, mom the rest!

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