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What is Amaretto

Amaretto is a sweet and slightly bitter almond-flavored Italian liqueur. Amaretto is most commonly made from the seeds or pits of drupes (stone fruits) such as almonds, apricots and peaches. All three of these are suitable flavorants as they contain the organic compound benzaldehyde, which is the source of the almond, nutty flavor of amaretto.

Amaretto Uses & Recipes

Amaretto is often enjoyed as a cocktail mixer and coffee additive but also stands strong for its culinary capabilities. Naturally, amaretto’s almond flavor makes it a versatile ingredient around the kitchen and incorporating it into recipes is a great way to enhance desserts and other baked goods. You can use your favorite liqueur brand in your recipes or check out our natural Amaretto Flavoring to keep on hand (it probably fits better in your spice cabinet). When substituting Amaretto Flavoring for liqueur, use 1/4 teaspoon of flavoring for every tablespoon of liqueur.

If you want to incorporate amaretto into your kitchen, here are some great recipes for you to try.

Amaretto Cream Pie

From: Saving Room for Dessert

This cream pie is an almond lovers delight! A shortbread-almond pie crust with a sweet amaretto filling topped with whipped cream garnished with almonds.

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Chewy Amaretti (Italian Almond Cookies)

From: Mangia Bedda

Amaretti cookies is a classic recipe that uses Amaretto. Check out this step by step recipe to make these crisp but chewy traditional Italian Cookies.

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Raspberry Amaretto Cheesecake Tarts

From: Beanilla

A lighter, less sweet dessert that allows the flavors of the amaretto flavoring and natural raspberry extracts to shine through.

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Creme Brûlée French Toast

From: The Bell House

Breakfast will never be the same after you add this to the menu. A small tweak to a traditional family recipe brings the addition of amaretto to this dish, making mornings even more delightful.

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Amaretto Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

From: Call Me PMC

Amaretto flavored cake with a ribbon of cream cheese and topped with a sweet streusel. This perfect combination can and will be enjoyed anytime!

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Nutella and Hazelnut Rolled Biscotti

From: Marisa's Italian Kitchen

These crumbly Italian cookies combine orange zest and amaretto to create an incredibly flavored biscotti. And it just gets better as they are rolled with a Nutella filling and finished with some sugar on top.

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The Best Tiramisu Cheesecake

From: Tatyana's Everyday Food

Yes, you read that right. Tiramisu meets cheesecake in this masterfully combined dessert. Amaretto, coffee, and mascarpone cheese make for iconic Italian flavor in this fluffy cheesecake.

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Amaretto Snowballs

From: Pure Ella

These snowballs are simply delicious. How simple you might ask? They only require 4 ingredients and no baking. Also, they're vegan & gluten-free, so there is no excuse not to make them.

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Sensational Strawberry Jam

From: The Southern Whisk

We all know there's not much better than strawberry jam. But what we might not know is it can be even better. Infuse your jam with some amaretto to further enhance its goodness!

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Flavored Simple Syrup Recipe

From: Beanilla

A very simple syrup recipe. Add to your coffee or drizzle over fruits and oatmeal for a sweet amaretto flavor.

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Chocoholic Heaven

From: Burn Boot Camp

A sweet & chocolaty but healthy treat… yes please! This Chocolate Amaretto Mousse is full of flavor but wont mess up your healthy eating regimen.

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