Whole Cherry Syrup

by heidi on August 7, 2013

Dollar size chocolate chip pancakes demand a syrup with a statement. This Whole Cherry Syrup stands up waves it’s arms in the air like it just doesn’t care. Word.

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This summer has made my Smudge of a daughter extremely sparse at home thanks to a 4-week cousin-cation that included nearly 3 weeks at my mom’s house. But before we knew it, the cousins caught their plane ride home and left us (her) in a puddle of full-blown tears and grieving for 2 entire days with the lament of, “Now I only have Instagram so I know what they’re doing.” Only Instagram. How ironic, since it’s INSTANT!

Now that she’s home, she’s quickly adapted right back into the life of a 9 year old, which translates to, “Mom, can I hang out with a friend today?”, “Mom, can we go swimming?”, “Mom, can xx or yy sleep over tonight?”, “Mom, can I get a doughnut at the store and a shake on the way home?”

A girl after my own heart.

So when she had a friend sleep over after ‘hanging out’—they don’t call them play dates at this age anymore thank you very much, that’s so third grade—it was time to whip up their request for breakfast request for dinner. It’s summer. It’s necessary. It’s chocolate chip pancakes with raspberry syrup.

But with one very big caveat. Smudge’s favorite raspberry syrup didn’t find it’s way back into the refrigerator the last time it was used and had developed a very plump, golden skid of goo on top of the syrup. Buh-bye raspberry syrup.

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On the upside, we had before us the perfect excuse to make a quick homemade Cherry Syrup thanks to a gorgeously boxed delivery of Washington State’s Stemilt dark sweet cherries courtesy of Whole Foods.

These cherries were packed like solid little soldiers, perfect in uniformity and so firm and juicy. It was a hard decision to cook them, they were too lush to tarnish with heat. But pancakes were beckoning. So we ate them as we pitted them. We ate them as we cooked them. And we ate the little flavor bombs afterward too. And we licked our sticky fingers clean.

Whole Cherry Syrup | FoodieCrush.com

Whole Cherry Syrup | FoodieCrush.com

Whole Cherry Syrup | FoodieCrush.com

When I first started blogging I had no idea what to use to pit cherries. So I would use a chopstick to poke the pit through the end of the lil’ fruit. Which is fine if you only need a smattering of them like in my Balsamic Skirt Steak Salad with Stone Fruit. But then I learned of this cherry pitter on Twitter (where’s the rap for that rhyme?) and it has become my new cherry bomb BFF. Get one, you won’t regret it.

While I love making homemade pancakes—this recipe is my go-to—I’m totally okay with a mix, and this whole wheat mix is deceptively healthy and delicious, so much so that the kiddos don’t even know it might be good for them. Especially when it has a few chocolate chips tossed in.

This little ditty would also be delicious not only on breakfast but…

~ With a little rosemary or thyme added in, reduced down a bit more and drizzled over grilled pork chops or a baked chicken breast.

~ Or give it a try as the base of a cocktail. Just add a spirit—vodka or whiskey would be especially yummy—and a club soda topper and you have a sweetened drink.

~ Or spoon it on top of ice cream or mix into a shake with chunks of chocolate. Cherry bomb delight. Hey. I think I have my next blog post!

Whole Cherry Syrup

Yield: makes 1 cup

Whole Cherry Syrup


½ pound dark sweet cherries, pitted
½ cup water
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon butter


  1. Bring cherries, water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, scraping the sides of the saucepan so crystals don’t form. Mix in the butter, remove from heat and serve.

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg August 7, 2013 at 3:38 am

This looks amazing! And cherry syrup?!Yum! Sweet plump cherries can’t be beat.


Belinda @themoonblushbaker August 7, 2013 at 5:25 am

Wow, stunning pancakes! Cherry syrup that is left after you have used all the berries is my favourite part! I use it in cocktails as a cherrry sweet bomb.. So breakfast and drinks are covered by this recipe!


Nikki @NikSnacks August 7, 2013 at 5:47 am

I saw those pancakes and I was like “Hey, girl…” I love cherries. I still want some cherries. And this syrup. I love Belinda’s idea about adding it to cocktails. A reason to drink! Yay!


Deepa@onesmallpot August 7, 2013 at 6:57 am

The pancakes certainly are beckoning!! This looks absolutely divine and like a wonderful way to start (and end) the day.


Maria August 7, 2013 at 7:15 am

I am coming over for a big stack of pancakes smothered in this syrup!


bridget {bake at 350} August 7, 2013 at 7:24 am

I NEED this syrup AND that cherry pitter. I’m using a paring knife. Six hours later…one cup of pitted cherries. ;)


Erika August 7, 2013 at 7:55 am

This syrup should go on everything.. Definitely a must try!


Tieghan August 7, 2013 at 8:08 am

I need this syrup and want that huge stack of pancakes too and that cherry pitter would be nice as well! Basically, I would like to take everything in these photos all for myself! It just looks so good!


Barbara @ Barbara Bakes August 7, 2013 at 8:23 am

That’s a delivery I’d like to receive. A perfect way to showcase those cherries. I may have to make pancakes soon.


dana August 7, 2013 at 9:01 am

GORG-Oh photos, as always. Also, gimme some a dat syrup STAT


Bev @ Bev Cooks August 7, 2013 at 9:18 am

Holy God Almighty yes.


Angie | Big Bear's Wife August 7, 2013 at 9:20 am

I may have to get one of those cherry pitters! Never owned one, ever!


Sarah Crowder (punctuated. with food) August 7, 2013 at 11:37 am

I am definitely getting a cherry pitter next year, and then I will make this! For now it would have to be half cherry syrup? Anyway, beautiful photos!


Katie August 7, 2013 at 3:00 pm

We’re loving cherries over here this summer. This is BEAUTIFUL.


Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 7, 2013 at 4:57 pm

What a fab breakfast, the syrup is so pretty!


Des August 8, 2013 at 12:12 am

I am loving this syrup and also loving the suggestion of adding some herbs and serving it with pork. I am all over that. PS. I am dying over your cherry pitter. It makes mine look sad…very very sad.


Jenna August 8, 2013 at 7:15 am

Love the whole cherries!! This sounds perfect for weekend eats


Cookin' Canuck August 8, 2013 at 8:22 am

For my boys, this summer has been all about “hanging out” with friends. Mum and Dad aren’t quite as interesting as they used to be. :(

That is one amazing cherry pitter. I think I would buy cherries just so I could play with that all day long. I love the idea of using this syrup as a base for a cocktail.


Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking August 8, 2013 at 8:50 am

I need that cherry pitter!!! And this syrup. I love younger kids interpretations on social media. A 13 year old friend of the family once explained to her mom that “Instagram is like your life… in pictures.” I definitely laughed out loud.


Abbe@This is How I Cook August 8, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Love cherry syrup. And though my daughter is now 22 she still loves the memory of picking cherries from our long gone tree. And so, I will make her this cherry syrup to make sure she never forgets!


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 12, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Oh Heidi, I could DROWN myself in this syrup.


ashley - baker by nature August 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm

We’re making pancakes tomorrow morning and we have cherries… so ya know… I need this syrup on em! Can’t wait to try this out!


Ayeisha August 19, 2013 at 7:08 am

These looks absolutely delicious, I love the photographs, makes me want pancakes now!



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