Cherry Pit Whipped Cream Recipe

Photograph: Vicky Wasik

Why It Works

  • Leaving the cherry pits whole is a simple, safe, and easy way to enjoy their flavor.
  • A long cold steep extracts maximum flavor while preserving a sense of freshness.
  • The relatively high proportion of sugar adds stability, allowing the whipped cream to stay fluffy for days at a time.

Make the most of your cherry-pitting efforts by saving those pits! Instead of tossing them in the trash, toss them in the fridge with some cream. Cold-steeped for a few hours or even overnight, they'll give your next batch of whipped cream a delicate cherry flavor and color (although the intensity will depend entirely on the quality of your fruit). It's a fantastic complement to all-American cherry pie, or an elegant garnish for any summer dessert.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 4 hrs
Serves: 8 servings
Makes: 1 cup

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  • 2 1/2 ounces cherry pits (1/4 cup; 70g), from 2 pounds (1kg) whole cherries (see note)

  • 8 ounces heavy cream (1 cup; 255g)

  • 2 ounces sugar (1/4 cup; 70g)

  • 1/8 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt; for table salt, use half as much

  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract, optional


  1. Combine cherry pits and cream in an airtight container and refrigerate between 4 and 24 hours. When you're ready to proceed, strain cream into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, add sugar and salt, along with almond extract (if using), and whip to soft peaks. This can be done with a hand mixer as well. Enjoy immediately as a garnish for waffles and dessert, or refrigerate up to 1 week in an airtight container. If cream deflates over that time, re-whip before serving.

Special equipment

Nonreactive mesh strainer or cheesecloth, handheld or stand mixer


Don't think of this as a recipe so much as a rough guideline, as it can easily be adapted to accommodate whatever quantity of pits you have left over from other baking projects. Many pies and jams call for 2 pounds of fruit, leading to my estimation below.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
137 Calories
12g Fat
8g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 137
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 34mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 33mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)