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Amaretto Cheese-Filled Apricots

“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
    about 2 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Place remaining almonds in a small shallow dish; roll exposed cheese portions of apricots in nuts.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 42 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 30mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • williamsegraves
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Jan 2, 2010

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