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 (0 saturated fat), 0 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 User ID: 3296408 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 User ID: 1535843 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 User ID: 4515701 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 User ID: 4646102 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 User ID: 3588529 209446
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2010

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

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