black forest cherry pie with two forks in the background and a cup of cherries nearby

Black Forest Cherry Pie

This no-bake black forest cherry pie is both easy to make and beautiful enough to wow your guests! A chocolate cookie crust is topped with a layer of creamy chocolate ganache, homemade cherry filling, and fresh whipped cream. It’s chocolate-covered cherries in pie form!

I love the combination of cherries and chocolate. I have to buy a box of chocolate-covered cherries every year around the holidays, or it’s just not the holidays. And although I love black forest cake, I don’t want to spend all that time making an elaborate layer cake for just me and my husband to eat. However, I do love a good no-bake pie that is easy to assemble and beautiful enough to be a showstopper! This black forest cherry pie checks all the boxes.

This recipe may look like a lot of work, but I promise you that it’s not. And it can even be made over the course of two days if it makes your life easier. The crunchy chocolate crust is topped with a thin layer of silky chocolate ganache. Thick homemade cherry filling, with a splash of cherry liqueur to intensify the flavor, is spread on top of the ganache, and fresh whipped cream finishes it off. It’s a rich and creamy chocolate-cherry dessert that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

close up of black forest cherry pie

Expert Tips

If you don’t have a cherry pitter (I definitely don’t!), then try this hack using chopsticks and a wine bottle to pit your cherries. It works like a charm!

Make a double batch of the cherry filling (omit the booze if you like) and use it as a delicious spread on your morning toast or as an ice cream topper. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Feel free to substitute one (21-oz.) can of cherry pie filling for the homemade filling if you absolutely must. However, I strongly encourage you to make the homemade version – it has a much better flavor and doesn’t contain corn syrup.

white hand pressing measuring cup into chocolate cookie crust in a pie pan
white hand spreading melted chocolate into cookie crust
chocolate ganache set in a cookie crust in a pie pan

Step-By-Step Instructions

Make Cookie Crust

  • Place cookies into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until crumbs are formed. Add melted butter and salt, and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Transfer mixture into a 9″ pie pan and press into pan using the back of a 1/4 measuring cup or using your fingers. Set aside.

Make Chocolate Ganache

  • In a small saucepan, add heavy cream and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and add dark chocolate and salt. Let mixture sit for 2 minutes while chocolate melts, then whisk until completely combined.
  • Pour ganache on top of cookie crust and spread evenly. Chill in the refrigerator while you make the cherry filling.

Make Cherry Filling

  • In a medium saucepan, add all of the cherry filling ingredients. Cook on medium-high, until the cherries soften and mixture thickens, about 10 minutes. Set aside and cool to room temperature.

Make Whipped Cream

  • Using the whisk attachment on a stand mixer, (or using an electric hand mixer), add heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract to bowl. Beat on high for around 5 minutes, until stiff peaks are formed. Set aside.

Assemble Pie

  • Add cooled cherry filling to (chilled) pie crust and spread evenly over ganache. Use a rubber spatula to place whipped cream on top of cherry filling. Spread evenly, leaving a one-inch border.
  • If using garnishes, add chocolate chips and cherries on top. Serve immediately or chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.
homemade cherry sauce in a pot
cherry sauce spread on top of chocolate cookie crust

Recipe Notes

The liqueur in the cherry filling heightens the cherry flavor without making it taste boozy. However, if you prefer to make the filling without any alcohol, it will be just as delicious!

If you don’t have a food processor, place chocolate cookies in a large freezer bag and crush with a rolling pin. Transfer crumbs to a medium-sized bowl, and stir in melted butter and salt until well combined.

Once assembled, store your pie in the refrigerator for up to 5 days (covered). I do not recommend freezing the pie.

black forest cherry pie next to a plate with one piece of pie, one cup of cherries, and two forks nearby
black forest cherry pie with cup of cherries in the foreground and pie server in the background

Enjoy your week, and feel free to drop me a line in the comments – I would love to hear if you try this recipe! Or tag me on Instagram @maryannehoekstra to let me know how it turned out! Also, if you are enjoying my blog, please consider recommending it to your friends. They can subscribe here.

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black forest cherry pie with two forks in the background and a cup of cherries nearby

Black Forest Cherry Pie

This is a no-bake pie that is both easy to make and beautiful enough to wow your guests! A chocolate cookie crust is topped with a layer of creamy chocolate ganache, homemade cherry filling, and fresh whipped cream. It's chocolate-covered cherries in pie form!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, German
Servings 8 slices

Ingredients
  

For the Chocolate Cookie Crust

  • 2 1/2 cups chocolate wafer cookies (around 2 sleeves of OREOS with filling removed)
  • 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • pinch of salt

For the Chocolate Ganache

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 7 oz. dark chocolate, chopped (60% or higher)
  • pinch of salt

For the Cherry Filling

  • 2 lbs. pitted cherries (about 4 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup kirsch or brandy
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch

For the Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • chocolate chips (garnish)
  • fresh cherries (garnish)

Instructions
 

Make Cookie Crust

  • Place cookies into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until crumbs are formed. Add melted butter and salt, and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Transfer mixture into a 9" pie pan and press into pan using the back of a 1/4 measuring cup or using your fingers. Set aside.

Make Chocolate Ganache

  • In a small saucepan, add heavy cream and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and add dark chocolate and salt. Let mixture sit for 2 minutes while chocolate melts, then whisk until completely combined.
  • Pour ganache on top of cookie crust and spread evenly. Chill in the refrigerator while you make the cherry filling.

Make Cherry Filling

  • In a medium saucepan, add all of the cherry filling ingredients. Cook on medium-high, until the cherries soften and mixture thickens, about 10 minutes. Set aside and cool to room temperature.

Make Whipped Cream

  • Using the whisk attachment on a stand mixer, (or using an electric hand mixer), add heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract to bowl. Beat on high for around 5 minutes, until stiff peaks are formed. Set aside.

Assemble Pie

  • Add cooled cherry filling to (chilled) pie crust and spread evenly over ganache. Use a rubber spatula to place whipped cream on top of cherry filling. Spread evenly, leaving a one-inch border.
  • If using garnishes, add chocolate chips and cherries on top. Serve immediately or chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Keyword cherries, dark chocolate, heavy cream, no bake, oreos, pie

11 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    The cherry and chocolate combo is always a win in my book! Can’t wait to try it.

  2. 5 stars
    OMG! This was awesome! You are a genius turning Black Forest Cake into a pie. Made it and there were no leftovers. Everyone loved it!

  3. 5 stars
    This is looking like a heaven pie! My hubby goes crazy for black forest cake, so I must turn it now in Black forest pie. Epic idea! Thanks for sharing, definitely will try it!

  4. 5 stars
    Wow my family loves it! perfect pie recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    This pie is so rich and very yummy! Excited to make this again with my daughter. Such a fun and addicting recipe!

  6. Barbara J Haner

    5 stars
    I am going to save this recipe and make it for the first time we have guests in Santa Fe…. hope it is sooner than later!

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