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Sweet Cherry Crisp in a Jar

Want a delicious dessert that only takes a half-hour to make from start to finish? That only requires ten minutes of hands-on prep? That doesn’t call for kneading, rolling, breaking out the mixer or the candy thermometer, or any of the other myriad hassles that accompany making top-notch sweets? That packs plenty of bold summer flavors? That you can take to a friend’s house, a cookout, or a picnic with ease? Then this sweet cherry crisp in a jar is for you.

The beauty of crisps is not just that they’re easy (although they’re definitely easy). It’s that they’re so simple, they really let the fruit speak for itself. And in the middle of summer, when the cherries are just so perfect, letting them speak for themselves is really the way to go. This simple crisp has a buttery, understated topping that’s perfect for letting the cherries do what they do.

Sweet Cherry Crisp in a Jar
makes six 4 oz. jars

for the fruit
3 cups cherries, pitted
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 teaspoons lemon juice
big pinch salt
3 tablespoons honey

for the topping
1/2 cup whole wheat or all-purpose flour
1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, room temperature

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, gently fold together all of the filling ingredients and spoon into jam jars. In another medium bowl, combine the flour, oats, and salt. Cut the butter up and rub it into the flour mixture with your fingers. Fold in the honey with a silicone spatula. Spoon the topping onto the cherries, roughly 1 heaping tablespoon per jar.

Set the jars on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake for 20 – 25 minutes, until the filling is bubbly and the topping is a light golden brown.

Serve immediately, or, to preserve for a day or so, seal with canning lids straight out of the oven.

For more tasty dessert-in-a-jar recipes, check out this fantastic slideshow on Babble Food!

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