George Washington's Cheerful Cherry Cobbler

Lindsay Mannering
Food & Party

cherry pieHappy President's Day weekend, everybody! The long weekend gives us a little more time to unwind, so why not bake a little something to please your family, and your Founding Fathers.

We all remember how George Washington could not tell a lie, and the little guy fessed up to chopping down that cherry tree. There's no better way to honor his legacy then to use those proverbial cherries and make a yummy, old-fashioned cherry cobbler.

George Washington Cherry Cobbler

Makes 8 servings, prep time is 20 minutes, bake time is 30 minutes. It's 231 calories a serving.


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen pitted dark sweet cherries, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • Ice cream, a total must (right?!)


  • In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Stir in water until smooth, then add the cherries and butter. Bring it all to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Pour into an 8 inch square baking dish; set aside.(You'll make the topping, then pour it over these cherries).
  • For the topping -- in a large bowl combine the flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk just until moistened.
  • Drop the topping by spoonfuls over the cherries; sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at 400° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream because everyone loves ice cream and cherry cobbler together. Even George!

And there you have it. You're a patriot and a crowd pleaser! How do they taste?

Photo via pengrin/Flickr

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