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Amaretto Cheese-Filled Apricots Recipe

Amaretto Cheese-Filled Apricots Recipe

“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. YIELD:25 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 filled apricot equals 42 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 30 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.