Cherry Cobbler on white plate with red gingham tablecloth in background
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Easy Cherry Cobbler Recipe

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We are already over halfway through March and it’s almost spring. I know that cherries are really a summer food, but I couldn’t wait until summer to make this Easy Cherry Cobbler!

While thumbing through my vintage cookbooks, I came across this recipe. Originally I bookmarked it to save it for July, which is cherry season around here. I kept coming back to it, though. It just seemed so fun! It calls for Red Hots (yes, the cinnamon candy). Because I was so intrigued, I put Red Hots on my shopping list and moved it up on my blogging calendar.

The Red Hots add some flavor, but are not overpowering. Red Hots tend to be pretty strong, but don’t worry about that happening in this recipe (unless you add too many). This is more of a cinnamon cherry cobbler, though.

Pan of cherry cobbler
Easy Cherry Cobbler Fresh Out of the Oven

What Ingredients Will I Need for Easy Cherry Cobbler?

  • Canned Pitted Cherries
  • Sugar
  • Red Hots (or other red cinnamon candies)
  • Cornstarch
  • Butter
  • Refrigerator Cinnamon Rolls
Ingredients on counter
Ingredients for Easy Cherry Cobbler

Helpful Tips

  • Don’t follow the package time and temperature directions for baking the cinnamon rolls. Use the time and temperature below.
  • After the initial baking time, check to see if the cinnamon rolls are done every 2-3 minutes until the bottom is not doughy.
  • Make sure the Red Hots are completely melted in the saucepan before adding the butter and cherries.
  • Be patient, it takes time for the Red Hots to melt.
  • The recipe says to stir the Red Hots mixture over low heat. I turned up the burner one notch every 3-4 minutes until the Red Hots were melted.
  • Stir mixture continuously so the sugar doesn’t burn in the saucepan.

Other Recipes You Might Like

You may also enjoy Cinnamon Crumb Cake, Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler, or Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie. Mixed Berry Cobbler from the Flour Handprint blog would also be delicious. If you are in the mood for cookies, you might like these Toffee Cookies. To wash it all down, you can learn how to make a whiskey sour.

Final Thoughts on Easy Cherry Cobbler

This recipe was delicious and I would definitely make it again! It was very easy. But it felt weird to call it a cobbler because I’m used to a different dough or batter on top. Refrigerated cinnamon rolls count as a dough, though. What do you think? Is this a cobbler or a fruity cinnamon roll? Let me know in the comments below.

Cherry Cobbler on white plate with red gingham tablecloth in background

Easy Cherry Cobbler

Easy Cherry Cobbler is made with refrigerator cinnamon rolls, canned cherries, and Red Hots! It is perfect for winter or summer gatherings.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 1 Can Red Pitted Cherries 16 oz or 2 Cups
  • Cup Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Red Cinnamon Candies Red Hots
  • Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Package Refrigerator Cinnamon Rolls


  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Drain cherry juice into saucepan.
  • Add sugar, candies, and cornstarch to saucepan.
  • Cook and stir continuously over low heat until candies melt. Gradually increase temperature every 3-4 minutes.
  • Add butter and cherries and stir until butter is melted.
  • Pour into 8×8 inch baking dish.
  • Place cinnamon rolls on top of cherry mixture.
  • Bake at 375° for 20 minutes, or until rolls are done (check bottoms and sides).
  • Spread with icing from package of cinnamon rolls.
  • Serve warm.
Keyword 1950’s Recipe, Cherry Cobbler, Cinnamon, Cinnamon Cherry Cobbler, Cobbler

Adapted from “The General Foods Kitchens Cookbook” copyright 1959

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