Cheerwine Cherry Cobbler

| September 16, 2013 | 3 Comments

Cheerwine Cherry Cobbler Recipe
Follow the step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions for making our very special Cheerwine Cherry Cobbler.  We’re using one of the Souths favorite soft drinks to sweeten up fresh cherries and turn it all into a delicious cherry cobbler, made from scratch.  Serve it warm, topped with Vanilla Ice Cream or a creamy smooth whipped topping.  Perfect for a delicious summer treat, or anytime of the year.


Cheerwine Cherry Cobbler Recipe


NOTE:  This recipe was created for the Our State Magazine website, in honor of a Cheerwine feature article, that appeared in the August, 2013 print edition of the magazine.  It first appeared on the Our State Eats blog at this link:  Cheerwine Cherry Cobbler Recipe and received lots of good comments from fans of Cheerwine, a North Carolina soft drink treasured favorite.


The soft drink Cheerwine is known throughout the Carolinas and is expanding Internationally.  It’s been here in North Carolina since 1917 and has been loved by young and old alike for it’s delightfully different cherry flavored taste.  It has a bit more carbonation than your other soft drinks and is at it’s best when its as cold as you can get it.

Beyond its appeal as a refreshing soft drink, Cheerwine has found itself right at home in the world of cooking as well.  From Cheerwine cakes, pound cakes, ice cream and sherberts to barbecue sauce, you can find lots of ways in which to incorporate it into a recipe.  Cola cakes have been around for sometime, but Cheerwine may be the only one that is mass produced both in pound cake form and in doughnut form.  Back in 2010, Cheerwine partnered with Krispy Kreme (another North Carolina company) and produced the Cheerwine flavored doughnut.

We hope to add another taste delight into the Cheerwine group of recipes with our unique Cheerwine Cherry Cobbler.  We’re using fresh cherries and cooking them in Cheerwine cola to concentrate the sweetness and flavor, then we’re topping it with a crunchy crust and baking it in the oven.  I think you’ll love it with some Vanilla Ice Cream on top or even with some whipped topping.  Either way, it’s certainly worth trying and I hope you’ll enjoy this for years to come.  Ready to give it a try?  Alright then… Let’s Get Cooking!


Cheerwine Cobbler, ingredients you'll need.
Cheerwine Cherry Cobbler:  You’ll need these ingredients.


Cheerwine Cobbler, rinse the cherries under cold water.
Begin the cobbler by washing the cherries under cold running water.  I’m using one pound of fresh cherries for this recipe but you could just as easily add another pound of cherries without having to increase any of the other ingredients.  I like a thick topping and there is certainly enough topping in this recipe to easily work with more cherries.



Cheerwine Cobbler, remove the stems.
Remove the stems from the cherries.  Yep, got to do that one at a time.


Cheerwine Cobbler, remove the pits.
Next, remove the pit.  If you don’t happen to have a dedicated tool to remove the pit, a knife will work.  Yep, gotta do that one at a time as well.  Just watch the juice, it could easily stain your towels or counter top.


Cheerwine Cobbler, place in sauce pan.
Place the cherries in a medium sized sauce pot and place that over Medium heat on your stove.


Cheerwine Cobbler, add the Cheerwine sodas.
Pour in the two bottles of Cheerwine.  It fizzes a lot because of the extra carbonation.  We’re using two bottles because we want to fully cook the cherries in the cola and let the cola reduce down.  It’s not going to thicken up as it cooks, but you’ll need to let it cook down until you have just a little more than a cup of liquid in the cherries.  As the cola cooks down, the flavors and the sugar of the Cheerwine will intensify giving it the taste we’re looking for.  Also, be sure to use the Regular Cheerwine Cola and not the Diet version.


Cheerwine Cobbler, add the cocoa.
Add the cocoa.  We all know that chocolate and cherries just go good together… right?  This will give just a little hint of chocolate flavor without overpowering the overall Cheerwine taste.  Give it a good stir.


Cheerwine Cobbler, simmer and let reduce.
The cherries and Cheerwine need to reach a low boil and then be allowed to continue at this low boil for about 30-45 minutes.  You don’t have to stand over the pot but do be sure to stir it about every 10 minutes to keep anything from sticking and burning in the bottom of the pot.  As mentioned, you will need to let this cook down until you have just over a cup of liquid left in the cherries.  This will give us plenty of time to work on the topping.


Cheerwine Cobbler, coat baking dish with butter.
I’m using a 2 quart casserole dish to make my Cheerwine cobbler.  I’m using this size to prevent the cobbler from boiling over while baking and making a mess inside the oven.


Cheerwine Cobbler, add flour to the sifter.
Begin making the cobbler by placing one level cup of Self-Rising Flour in a sifter.


Cheerwine Cobbler, add the cornstarch.
Add the cornstarch.


Cheerwine Cobbler, sift together.
Sift the ingredients into a large mixing bowl.  If you don’t have a sifter, you could just place the flour and cornstarch in a bowl and use a whisk to “fluff” it up a bit.


Cheerwine Cobbler, add the brown sugar.
After sifting, add the Brown Sugar.


Cheerwine Cobbler, add the granulated sugar.
Then, add the Granulated Sugar.


Cheerwine Cobbler, whisk together.
Whisk the dry ingredients together well, then use your hand to make a small well in the center of the flour.


Cheerwine Cobbler, add whole egg.
Add one whole egg into the well you just made in the flour.


Cheerwine Cobbler, stir egg.
Use a fork to slightly beat the egg.  Next, stir the egg into the flour a little at a time as you continue to work it together.  Keep stirring until you’ve incorporated it all together.


Cheerwine Cobbler, break any large lumps.
You’ll end up with a crumbly dough like you see here.  Place some flour on your hands and use your fingers to break up any large lumps of dough.


Cheerwine Cobbler, add almond extract.
When the Cheerwine has reduced down to about one cup on the stove, remove the sauce pan from the heat.  Add in the Almond Extract and give it a good stir.


Cheerwine Cobbler, stir well.
The cherries should be fully cooked at this point.  As mentioned, if you like more fruit in your cobbler, you could easily double the amount of cherries in this recipe without having to increase anything in the topping part.


Cheerwine Cobbler, place in baking dish.
Pour the cherries and Cheerwine mixture into your buttered baking dish.


Cheerwine Cobbler, add the topping.
Drop the portions of the topping all around the top of the cherry mixture.


Cheerwine Cobbler, drizzle with melted butter.
Melt your butter in the microwave, about 10 seconds at a time.  It doesn’t take long to melt butter in the microwave.  It gets hot quick so be careful with it.  Drizzle the butter all over the topping.  Place the dish in your pre-heated oven.

Bake at 350º for about 30-40 minutes.


Cheerwine Cobbler, add sugar sprinkles if desired.
They say cobbler gets it’s name form the cobblestone look it has.  You’re just baking the cobbler to get the topping part done.  You can test that by inserting a toothpick into the thicker dough sections.  If it pulls out clean, other than juice, then the cobbler should be fully baked.  Remove it from the oven and place on a towel or wire rack to cool.  I’m adding some sugar sprinkles to the top just after taking it out of the oven.  A light sprinkle of regular sugar will just give a little added sweetness to the overall flavor.



Cheerwine Cobbler, let cool awhile.
Let the cobbler cool for about 10 minutes prior to serving.  This stuff gets bubbly hot while baking.



Cheerwine Cobbler, serve warm and enjoy.
Cheerwine Cherry Cobbler will go great topped with some Vanilla Ice Cream, or try some whipped topping.  Either way, serve it warm and ENJOY!


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Cheerwine Cherry Cobbler recipe on Taste of

Cheerwine Cherry Cobbler

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Follow the step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions for making our very special Cheerwine Cherry Cobbler. We’re using one of the South’s favorite soft drinks to sweeten up fresh cherries and turn it all into a delicious cherry cobbler, made from scratch. Serve it warm, topped with Vanilla Ice Cream or a creamy smooth whipped topping. Perfect for a delicious summer treat, or anytime of the year.



Ingredients: Filling

  • 12 lb. Fresh Cherries, pits and stems removed.
  • 2 (12oz) Cheerwine Sodas – Regular, not Diet
  • ½ teaspoon Cocoa
  • ½ teaspoon Almond Extract

Ingredients: Topping

  • 1 cup Self-Rising Flour
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
  • ½ stick Unsalted Butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Place cherries in a colander, rinse under cold running water.
  3. Remove stems and pits. Split the cherries for best results.
  4. Place cherries in a small sauce pot over Medium-Heat.
  5. Add 2 bottles of Cheerwine Soda.
  6. Add cocoa and stir well.
  7. Let simmer until syrup has reduced to about one cup liquid.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in Almond Extract.
  9. Generously butter a 2 quart casserole-baking dish.
  10. Pour the cooked cherry mixture into the casserole dish.
  11. Place flour and cornstarch in a sifter, sift together into a large mixing bowl.
  12. Add brown sugar.
  13. Add granulated sugar.
  14. Whisk dry ingredients together.
  15. Add one whole egg to center of dry ingredients.
  16. Break egg with a fork and continue to stir until ingredients are mixed well and crumbly.
  17. Use your fingers and break apart any large lumps that may have formed.
  18. Spread the topping evenly over the cherries.
  19. Melt the butter and drizzle over the topping.
  20. Bake at 350º degrees for about 30 minutes or until crust tests done with a toothpick.
  21. Remove from oven, place on wire rack to cool.
  22. Serve warm, topped with ice cream or whipped topping if desired, and Enjoy.


This recipe will work using either one or two pounds of fresh cherries. No adjustments are needed otherwise. It just depends on how much fruit you prefer in your cobbler.

Keywords: Cheerwine Cherry Cobbler Recipe, fresh cherries, made from scratch, Cheerwine Soda, southern recipes


Your Comments:  Have you ever made a dessert using a soft drink?  How did it turn out?  Hopefully you’re already a fan of Cheerwine cola and will be willing to give our recipe a try.  I really think you’ll enjoy it.  I’d love to hear your comments and your thoughts on our recipe, so please take a few minutes and share them with us in the section below.  Please note that all comments are moderated.  That just means that I personally read each and every comment before its approved for our family friendly website.  It will only take a minute to do so and I’d love to hear from you.  If you try one of our recipes, your comment could help someone else in their decision to try one.

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  1. Rose S says:

    Hello I made this and the flavor was good but the cherry mixture never thicken or reduced to 1c. I even added a little cornstarch so it helped a little but I didn’t add much as not to ruin it. That being said, I ended up putting a bowl under a colander to drain the cherries. Then put the cherries in the baking dish and added 1cup of the juice from the bowl. Not sure if you had this problem too? I cooked it on the stove for a very long time close to an hour on medium high heat. It took a lot longer to make than I had hoped.

  2. Rick says:

    I cannot find cherrywine soda where I’m at, will using cherry coke be okay?

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Rick, I’m truly sorry you can’t find Cheerwine in your area. I know the company is working hard on getting the soda into new locations. Of course, there are several places online where you can order it. Just do a search for it if you’re interested. As for Cherry Coke, I’m sure you could use it as a good substitute. I do hope you’ll give it a try, and I look forward to hearing your results. I appreciate your question, and appreciate your visits to Taste of Southern. Be sure to stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

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