06/17/2013 09:02 am ET | Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Sour Cherry Recipes You Want And Need

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Photo credit: Bakers Royale, Blogging Over Thyme, Kitchen Repertoire, Simple Bites, Lemon Fire Brigade, Brooklyn Supper

If you've never had a sour cherry, picture eating a regular cherry that's half lemon. "Sour" is neither a misnomer nor an overstatement -- if you don't like sour things, you might want to stick to the traditional cherry. However, if you enjoy cherries, but wish that they had a more of a kick, this is the fruit for you.

These small, juicy fruits are perfect for not-too-sweet desserts, from cobblers to strudels to frozen yogurt. They're also great when infused with booze for giving your cocktails an extra kick. In other words, you're going to want to use them in everything to take advantage of their oh-too-short season, which generally peaks in late July.

  • 1 Sour Cherry And Chocolate Chip Scone
    Bakers Royale
  • 2 Sour Cherry Berry Crisp
    Blogging Over Thyme
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  • 3 Sour Cherry Hand Pies
    Kitchen Repertoire
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  • 4 Sour Cherry Jam
    Simple Bites
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  • 5 Sour Cherry And Semi-Sweet Chocolate Rugelach
    Lemon Fire Brigade
  • 6 Sour Cherry Galette
    Brooklyn Supper
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  • 7 Hungarian Sour Cherry Strudel
    Playin' with my Food
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  • 8 Sour Cherry Bread Pudding
    Renée Kohlman
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  • 9 Boozy Sour Cherries
    Sarah Shatz/Food52
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  • 10 Sour Cherry Cobbler
    Renée Kohlman
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  • 11 Sour Cherry Lemon Muffins
  • 12 Sour Cherry Almond Frozen Yogurt
    James Ransom/Food52
  • 13 Sour Cherry Chai Butter
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