Easy Cherry Rhubarb Crisp Recipe With Step By Step Instructions

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Cherry Rhubarb Crisp with sour cream is made in a 9 x 13-inch pan which feeds a crowd.  Serve this old-fashioned dessert on its own or drizzle the rhubarb syrup over ice cream. The addition of maraschino cherries in this rhubarb crisp makes it extra special.

My hunt for new rhubarb recipes continues. It’s almost like game to spot a unique rhubarb recipe in an old cook book.  And I won, because I found this Cherry Rhubarb Dessert in my Waynesburg Christian Church Cook Book.

We have the old classic rhubarb recipes like Grandma’s Rhubarb Pie, Rhubarb Crumble (with oats), Rhubarb Cobbler (without oats) and Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, and more unique rhubarb desserts such as Rhubarb Dream Cake, Strawberry Rhubarb Fool, and Rhubarb Spoon Cake.

Cherry Rhubarb Crisp Recipe

This Rhubarb Crisp with Maraschino Cherries falls right in the middle of both categories.  It’s a classic rhubarb crisp with a special twist with the addition of maraschino cherries.

I love the syrupy, sweet goodness of the rhubarb and cherries.  It tastes great to drizzle the extra syrup over vanilla ice cream. The ice cream melts into the rhubarb cherry crisp.

How to Pick Rhubarb

To properly pick rhubarb, grab the stem of the rhubarb at the bottom.  Then, firmly pull and twist the stem at the same time. It will easily pull the stem away from the plant.  Cut the leafy top and discard since the leaves are poisonous.

Just when I thought I was a rhubarb expert, I learn something new.  I was out in the garden gathering rhubarb for this sour cream rhubarb dessert when my dad saw me getting ready to cut the rhubarb with a knife.  He stopped me in my tracks.  He quickly instructed me to grab the stem and pull hard.  With a firm tug, the rhubarb stem pulls from the ground.

This is a trick he learned from his mom, my grandma.  He laughed and said Grandma would get mad at him if he tried to cut it instead of pulling it like this. I can imagine Grandma giving him hell if he didn’t do it the way she requested.

Who knew that I had been doing it wrong all along by cutting it? It’s actually really easy to just pull on it at the bottom of the stem allowing it to pull the bulb from the ground.

Cherry Rhubarb Crisp with sour cream is made in a 9 x 13-inch pan which feeds a crowd.  Serve this old-fashioned dessert on its own or drizzle the rhubarb syrup over ice cream.

Cherry Rhubarb Crisp Ingredients

Homemade fruit desserts, like this rhubarb crisp with cherries have a crunchy, yet soft topping.

How to Make Rhubarb Crisp Recipe in 9×13 Pan?

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Stir together rhubarb, sugar and drained maraschino cherries. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  2. Beat eggs; add cornstarch and sour cream until thoroughly combined.
  3. Pour mixture over rhubarb and cherries.
  4. In a bowl, combine flour and sugar. Cut margarine (or butter) into mixture with a pastry blender, two knives or two forks until the mixture becomes crumbly.
  5. Sprinkle crumble topping over sour cream mixture.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for approximately 50 minutes.
  7. Let cool 10-15 minutes before serving to let it set up.
  8. If desired, serve over a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

For the full recipe and ingredient amounts for cherry rhubarb crisp 9 x 13 inch recipe, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

Old-fashioned cherry rhubarb crisp is perfect served warm with some ice cream or whipped cream.
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Recipe FAQs

  • Substitute butter for margarine, if desired.
  • Omit maraschino cherries for a Classic Rhubarb Crisp recipe.
  • 2 cups of sour cream equals one 16 ounce container.
  • Different varieties of rhubarb have more or less red coloring. This will affect the overall color of your rhubarb crisp with cherries. It may be more or less pink than mine.
  • For the crumb topping, use a pastry blender, two knives, two forks or even just your clean hands to break the margarine into the flour/sugar mixture.  I honestly just end up using my hands most of the time.
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Check out our Rhubarb Recipes

We love baking with rhubarb and have lots of great recipes here on the blog.

Cherry Rhubarb Crisp with sour cream is made in a 9x13 pan which serves a crowd.  Served alone or drizzle the rhubarb syrup over ice cream for an old fashioned dessert.  The addition of maraschino cherries in this rhubarb crisp makes it extra special.

Our Favorite Fruit Desserts

While we love rhubarb, we love fruit desserts just as much.

Is rhubarb a sweet or tart?

If you’ve never tasted raw rhubarb, you’ll be in for a big surprise. Rhubarb stems are extremely tart, which is why rhubarb is mainly added to desserts with copious amounts of sugar to sweeten it.

Cherry Rhubarb Crisp

Cherry Rhubarb Crisp with sour cream is made in a 9×13 pan which serves a crowd.  Served alone or drizzle the rhubarb syrup over ice cream for an old fashioned dessert.  The addition of maraschino cherries in this rhubarb crisp makes it extra special. 
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry rhubarb crisp, rhubarb crisp with maraschino cherries, sour cream rhubarb dessert
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 417kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

Bottom Layer

  • 4 cups rhubarb, diced
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained

Sour Cream Layer

  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups sour cream

Crumble Topping

  • 1/2 cup margarine (or butter)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  • Combine rhubarb, sugar and drained cherries.
    Cherry Rhubarb Crisp with sour cream is made in a 9x13 pan which serves a crowd.  Served alone or drizzle the rhubarb syrup over ice cream for an old fashioned dessert.  The addition of maraschino cherries in this rhubarb crisp makes it extra special.
  • Pour into prepared baking dish.
    Cherry Rhubarb Crisp with sour cream is made in a 9x13 pan which serves a crowd.  Served alone or drizzle the rhubarb syrup over ice cream for an old fashioned dessert.  The addition of maraschino cherries in this rhubarb crisp makes it extra special.
  • Beat eggs; add cornstarch and sour cream and until thoroughly combined.
    Cherry Rhubarb Crisp with sour cream is made in a 9x13 pan which serves a crowd.  Served alone or drizzle the rhubarb syrup over ice cream for an old fashioned dessert.  The addition of maraschino cherries in this rhubarb crisp makes it extra special.
  • Pour sour cream mixture over rhubarb mixture.
    Cherry Rhubarb Crisp with sour cream is made in a 9x13 pan which serves a crowd.  Served alone or drizzle the rhubarb syrup over ice cream for an old fashioned dessert.  The addition of maraschino cherries in this rhubarb crisp makes it extra special.
  • Combine flour and sugar. Cut margarine into the mixture until crumbly. (see notes)
    Cherry Rhubarb Crisp with sour cream is made in a 9x13 pan which serves a crowd.  Served alone or drizzle the rhubarb syrup over ice cream for an old fashioned dessert.  The addition of maraschino cherries in this rhubarb crisp makes it extra special.
  • Pour crumble mixture over sour cream mixture.
    Cherry Rhubarb Crisp with sour cream is made in a 9x13 pan which serves a crowd.  Served alone or drizzle the rhubarb syrup over ice cream for an old fashioned dessert.  The addition of maraschino cherries in this rhubarb crisp makes it extra special.
  • Bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.
    Cherry Rhubarb Crisp with sour cream is made in a 9x13 pan which serves a crowd.  Served alone or drizzle the rhubarb syrup over ice cream for an old fashioned dessert.  The addition of maraschino cherries in this rhubarb crisp makes it extra special.
  • Let sit before serving. Goes great with vanilla ice cream. (See notes)
    Cherry Rhubarb Crisp with sour cream is made in a 9x13 pan which serves a crowd.  Served alone or drizzle the rhubarb syrup over ice cream for an old fashioned dessert.  The addition of maraschino cherries in this rhubarb crisp makes it extra special.

Notes

  • Substitute butter for margarine, if desired.
  • Omit maraschino cherries for a Classic Rhubarb Crisp recipe.
  • 2 cups of sour cream equals one 16 ounce container.
  • Different varieties of rhubarb have more or less red coloring. This will affect the overall color of your rhubarb crisp with cherries. It may be more or less pink than mine.
  • For the crumb topping, use a pastry blender, two knives, two forks or even just your clean hands to break the margarine into the flour/sugar mixture.  I honestly just end up using my hands most of the time.
  • Looking for a traditional rhubarb cobbler? Try this one. 
  • The nutritional information is auto-calculated and can vary depending on the products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 663IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 1mg

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