Amaretto Cheese-Filled Apricots Recipe
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Amaretto Cheese-Filled Apricots Recipe

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“I had these at a holiday party and thought they were excellent,” says Yvonne Starlin of Portland, Tennessee. You get lots of sweet flavor in one little bite!
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:25 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 25 servings


  • 1 package (7 ounces) dried pitted Mediterranean apricots
  • 4 ounces fat-free cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds, toasted, divided
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Amaretto or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract plus 5 teaspoons orange juice

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 42 calories, 1g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 30mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein .


  1. Gently loosen a long side of each apricot, splitting apricots to resemble clamshells. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, 1/4 cup almonds, cherries and amaretto until blended. Spoon 1-1/4 teaspoons filling into each apricot.
  2. Place remaining almonds in a small shallow dish; roll exposed cheese portions of apricots in nuts. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Originally published as Amaretto Cheese-Filled Apricots in Healthy Cooking June/July 2008, p46

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williamsegraves 174264
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2011

"These were very tasty and liked by all. I of course used (full-fat) cream cheese to bring out the full flavor of these treats."

Red Molly 172151
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"These were excellent! I used (full-fat) mascarpone instead of cream cheese, and they were delicious. All the friends who tried them wanted the recipe and couldn't believe how simple they were."

bereanna 99281
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

"This is a healthy alternative to cookies. I used 1/3 less fat cream cheese and had to add much less orange juice so the mixture was still stiff for filling. We love them."

Luvs2cook500 155164
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"Wow...these are amazing. Not hard to make and I got rave reviews from family and friends. I made both the "Adult" version and the one for the kids. They all disappeared. Thanks for an excellent recipe. I will be making these again and again!!!"

pswartz43 209446
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2010

"On a scale of 1-5, I would give these a 10. They are terrific."

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