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Maraschino Cherry Bread Recipe

Maraschino cherry bread recipe using sweet cherries in a jar that’s great for breakfast or dessert. Perfect for Valentine’s Day sweet bread or cupcake treat for friends.

Maraschino Cherry Bread

Have you ever made a cherry bread recipe? Who can resist those bright red cherries anyway right? If you’ve never baked with them you’re in for a real treat. They’re not just for the top of ice cream sundaes my friends. (post may contain affiliate links present)

Maraschino Cherry Bread Recipe

I originally made this cherry bread almost 20 years ago when I was tinkering around in the kitchen.  Since I wasn’t a blogger then I didn’t have anywhere to share it. The other day when a friend asked how I made it ALL those years ago I thought I’d write up the instructions!

I forgot how much I enjoyed it, and definitely should’ve made it again sooner to share with my kids. If you’re having people over for brunch, or a holiday is coming up and you want something special, you should try this or chocolate cherry bread.

cherry loaf

Cherry Bread Recipe

If you want to make this pinker for a Valentines Day cake of sorts you could with some food coloring. That isn’t important to us so I don’t bother but you could. I prefer Wilton’s gel vs. liquid coloring if you want to add some.

  1. 8 oz. of maraschino cherries and cherry juice
  2. Almond extract
  3. Flour and baking powder
    1. make sure you know how to measure flour
  4. Vanilla extract
  5. Sugar
  6. Eggs
  7. Oil
  8. Powdered sugar
  9. Heavy whipping cream
  10. 8×4 or 9×5 inch Loaf pan
  11. Bowl

As with any other baking recipe, you’ll want to mix dry ingredients in one bowl. Then add the eggs and wet ingredients in another. Then slowly combine the two and gently fold in the cherries at the end.

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How to Bake Bread with Maraschino Cherries

You really could fold some into any sweet bread you were baking for added pizzaz. Just dice up the jarred cherries, but don’t discard that delicious juice. You will use some to add sweetness to the bread, and it will add a bit of color too.

If you want your loaf to be really pink for a holiday, or just for fun, you’d want to use some red food coloring. The cherry juice isn’t enough to color it much. Make sure that at the end you gently fold your cherries and other add ins in. A few ideas are:

  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Chopped nuts – walnuts in small pieces might be nice
  • You could sprinkle sliced almonds on top of your glaze too
cherry bread recipe

How to Make Maraschino Cherry Almond Bread

Diced nuts can be added into this as well if you’d like. You’ll want to be able to slide your cherry loaf out easily once it’s cooled for a bit. To do this use a bit of non stick cooking spray inside your prepared pan before pouring in the batter.  You could line with parchment paper too.

  • I use this same 8×4 loaf pan to make our pumpkin apple bread and it works great.
  • Make sure you don’t over bake this
  • As soon as a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, take it out!
  • Don’t flip it over and remove it right away, cool for 10 minutes.

Set it on a cooling wire rack and cool completely before slicing if you want slices to stay in tact. I don’t feel like you need anything on it beyond the homemade icing but you could leave that off.

Now you could make this into muffins like we did with our cherry brownies too. Just use paper liners and bake for about 18 minutes or until the toothpick comes out mostly clean with moist crumbs attached.

homemade bread

How do you keep homemade bread moist?

Make sure you take it out and do not over-bake. Only slice what you are eating then and there. Once the glaze is dry it slices nicely and has little red surprises inside. Add more if you like but remember they will want to settle to the bottom a bit when baking.

  1. Wrap leftovers in plastic or aluminum foil.
  2. Keep it at room temperature for no more than two days ideally.
  3. If after that time you don’t think you’ll finish it, wrap it in tinfoil, and then inside a gallon freezer bag.
  4. Freeze so it lasts longer.

To thaw frozen bread, leave it on the countertop until it is defrosted to maintain moisture.

cherry bread
cherry recipe

Can I use maraschino cherries for baking?

Yes! This recipe is a great one to follow! Typically, this jarred variety are made from royal ann cherries. If you’ve ever tried one you know they are extremely sweet. It is a bit like our cherry coffee cake but that is made with cake mix and pie filling.

Most frequently used as garnishes in cocktails or for cake embellishments, you can also top baked ham with them, or serve on an ice cream sundae. Want to add them to a glaze for this or our 4 ingredient banana bread?? Great idea. Just whisk together powdered sugar and milk for a glaze and spoon in some diced bits in there.

What can I use leftover maraschino cherry juice for?

Beyond this cherry bread we use it to make Shirley Temple’s which my girls love! I add a touch to my favorite Pineapple Rum Cocktail. It’s super versatile to sweeten up just about any recipe. Looking for other quick bread recipes?

banana bread with cake mix
Can you use frozen cherries to make cherry bread?

You could but Maraschino Cherries are sweeter and recommended. If you do want to use fresh just remove the pits and dice. For frozen cherry bread you want to defrost them first, chop and then fold into your batter at the end so they don’t break apart too much.

What can you use instead of pink food coloring?

Maraschino Cherry juice is great!! Keep in mind that it will add more moisture to your dish but is a great alternative to food coloring if you don’t have any on hand. It looks red but typically will just create a pinkish color.

How to Make Retro Cherry Bread

Our printable recipe card is below. 😉 Most of what we make with this fruit is with pie filling. The only one we used fresh right off of the tree was our cherry crisp with tart ones. Bottled and marinated was used for this one and below is with canned with glaze.

Semi homemade easy monkey bread can be left plain and yummy or you can add in lots of goodies like cherry pie filling into it as well for added wow.

The printable recipe is below including nutritional information with calories, saturated fat etc… If you wanted to make a cherry quick bread you could just dice the cherries and incorporate it into a box of prepared cherry chip cake mix.

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Maraschino Cherry Bread

Maraschino cherry bread recipe with frosting to sweeten this pink dessert up and fun for Valentine's Day as a loaf or cupcake treat for friends.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cherry bread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 528kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • Spray 8×4" loaf pan with non stick spray. In a medium bowl mix together sugar and vegetable oil. Add eggs, almond extract, 1 tsp vanilla, and 1/2 c. of your maraschino cherry juice. Whisk until smooth.
  • In a separate mixing bowl combine flour and baking powder, mix. Add this into your wet mixture slowly and stir until smooth and well combined.
  • Chop cherries and fold them into your batter.
  • Spread batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 45-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Do not overbake, you want it moist.
  • Take out and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes in pan before sliding out and on to a cooling rack.
  • In a bowl whisk together powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream and remaining vanilla until smooth.
  • When loaf is cooled pour this over the top


Nutrition Facts
Maraschino Cherry Bread
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 528 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 23mg1%
Potassium 167mg5%
Carbohydrates 87g29%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 58g64%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 210IU4%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Original photo below, you can color the batter pink for more color.

cherry bread recipe


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Tuesday 5th of March 2024

I made this cherry bread today and OMG it was delicious! So full of cherry flavor!


Tuesday 5th of March 2024

This bread is absolutely delicious. It's so moist and tender, and the maraschino flavor is so bright and vibrant. I'll be making this again.


Tuesday 5th of March 2024

Love this Maraschino cherry bread recipe, looks delicious and fluffy, and I will make it for the kiddos, they love cherries. Thanks for sharing :)


Tuesday 5th of March 2024

What a fun and flavorful cherry bread. The Maraschinos add a sweety tartness that just pops in your mouth.

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