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Easy Cherry Sauce For Ice Cream

Easy Cherry Sauce For Ice Cream

Amazing homemade cherry sauce perfect for topping ice cream! This simple recipe is so flavorful and easy to make you’ll never go back to premade cherry sauce.

If you’re making homemade sundae’s then you can’t do better than topping it off with this rich and tasty cherry sauce.

With just a handful of simple ingredients, you can put this recipe together in no time! It tastes great on chocolate, vanilla, and just about any other flavor of ice cream you can think of.

Make sure to bookmark or pin this recipe so you can find it the next time you’re having ice cream.

A great, classic sundae combination is vanilla ice cream, cherry sauce, and crushed graham cracker. It’s like an ice cream version of cherry pie! The key to a great tasting ice cream sundae is using flavors that compliment each other without going overboard. More toppings is not always better, keep it simple.

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How to Make Homemade Cherry Ice Cream Sauce

ice cream sundae with chocolate and cherry

This super easy recipe only takes minutes to prepare. It’s a great way to really elevate the flavor of your ice cream concoction.

All you need is a saucepan and a serving bowl. You can use is cool or warm, but I definitely prefer it warm.

Take some inspiration from the classic banana split with your next sundae. Top your vanilla ice cream with pineapple, chocolate sauce, and cherry sauce. It’s a fresh and delicious combination.

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Homemade Cherry Sauce Ingredients

jar of homemade canned cherries on wooden table with fresh cherries

With this recipe you won’t need any complicated or unnecessary ingredients. There’s a great chance you have everything you need already.

And even if you don’t, everything can be found at the grocery store and it’s quite affordable.

Ingredients List

  • Canned Cherries
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Almond Extract
  • Cornstarch

Cherries: You want to use pitted, sour cherries. The tartness pairs so well with the sweet for a wonderful final flavor. You will drain your cherries, and reserve the juice for your sauce.

Lemon Juice: This adds a bit more acidity to our sauce, which really makes all those great flavors pop! Don’t skip the lemon juice.

Almond Extract: This adds a subtle nuttiness to our sauce that works incredibly well with cherries. You can opt for almond flavoring for a more affordable option.

For a special breakfast treat, top waffles with ice cream and cherry sauce. The flavor combination is incredible and it’s one of my boy’s favorite breakfast treats.

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Simple Recipe Instructions

closeup of cherry sauce ingredients boiling in saucepan

You’re going to be impressed with how great the flavor of this sauce is after seeing how easy it is to make.

It only takes minutes to make, and since you only need a saucepan and a serving bowl, cleanup is quick and easy too.

Step 1: Drain cherries, reserve juice.

Step 2: Add ingredients, except almond extract, to saucepan and bring to a boil while stirring constantly.

Step 3: Lower heat and add almond and stir.

Step 4: Serve warm or cold and enjoy!

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ice cream sundae with cherry sauce and vanilla sticks

Easy Cherry Sauce For Ice Cream

Great flavor and super quick to make. This sauce is perfect for any style of ice cream sundae.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 7 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 5
Calories 45 kcal


  • 1 Saucepan


  • Cups Tart Red Cherries pitted, juices reserved
  • ¾ Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tbs Lemon Juice
  • ½ tsp Almond Extract
  • 1 Tbs Cornstarch


  • Drain your cherries and reserve the juice.
  • Add your cherries, one cup of cherry juice, and lemon juice to saucepan.
  • Bring to medium heat and stir constantly.
  • Sauce will thicken as you come to a boil, reduce heat once thickened.
  • Stir in almond extract and then remove from heat.
  • Serve cold or warm and enjoy!


Calories: 45kcal
Keyword Cherry Sauce, Ice Cream
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Liv’s Cherry Sauce Recipe Notes

  • You can thin your sauce by adding one teaspoon of cherry juice at a time until desired consistency is achieved.
  • To thicken your sauce, add a half teaspoon of cornstarch at a time until thickness is achieved.
  • Store leftover sauce sealed in your refrigerator for up to four days.