Today, April 19th, is National Amaretto Day... so let’s celebrate first with some educational background and then with some boozy, amaretto-infused dessert recipes (gotta work before we play).
Here’s the libation education: Amaretto in Italian means “a little bitter” and is made from bitter almonds that are infused in pure alcohol resulting in a strong almond flavor. Learn something new? Okay great, that’s done.
Now the fun- here are 8 super almond-y, super cocktail-inspired amaretto desserts that make this national holiday proud.
I have gone on record saying I could eat nothing but cheesecake for the rest of my life, and this creamy Amaretto version topped with an Amaretto mousse and toasted almonds is most definitely no exception.
Chocolate Amaretto Mousse
Speaking of Amaretto mousse, here’s a French chocolate version that’s light and also gluten free.
Amaretto Pound Cake
Now for the opposite of light: Amaretto pound cake with a boozy, nutty Amaretto glaze. The site takes it one step further and even teaches you how to make your own Amaretto. Makes for both a very educational and also delicious cake.
Amaretto Chocolate Brownies with Walnuts
Given the almond-flavored essence of Amaretto, I was surprised to see that this fudgy, rich chocolate brownie recipe has walnuts, not almonds. Surprised, but totally into it.
Almond Amaretto Cake
Almond cake infused with Amaretto liqueur and topped with a classic buttercream icing. The most beautiful, scrumptious sentence there ever was.
Almond Cupcakes with Amaretto Buttercream
Consider these cupcakes, made with Amaretto buttercream, the incredibly yummy mini version of that Almond Amaretto Cake. I accept this cake in all shapes and sizes.
Sweet Cherry Amaretto Tart
The bright red, sweet cherry topping makes this Amaretto tart a beautiful sight to behold. And the addition of Marscapone cheese makes it a delectable dessert to devour.
This custard-based Amaretto pie is adapted from a coconut cream pie recipe. Inspiration can come from the most delicious sources.