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Amaretto Cherries with Dumplings

You can't beat the combination of almond flavor with cherries. These light and fluffy dumplings are heavenly. Topped with the sauce and ice cream, it makes for a scrumptious dessert. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7-3/4 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) pitted tart cherries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup amaretto or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional


  • Drain cherries, reserving 1/4 cup juice. Place cherries in a 3-qt. slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl, mix sugar, cornstarch and salt; stir in reserved juice until smooth. Stir into cherries. Cook, covered, on high 7 hours. Drizzle amaretto over cherry mixture.
  • For dumplings, in a small bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon zest and salt. In another bowl, whisk milk and melted butter. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls on top of hot cherry mixture. Cook, covered, 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of dumplings comes out clean. If desired, serve warm with ice cream.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 369 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 242mg sodium, 71g carbohydrate (48g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Mary
    Jan 24, 2021

    I had high hopes for this but it didn't turn out well. 7 hours is a long time to cook cherries on high, so I set my slow cooker to low, but still ended up with a thick, sticky goo, and the Amaretto was way too strong. I would definitely go with the Almond extract instead, and cut the cook time in half.

  • Kimberly
    Aug 19, 2020

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  • Lovepiggs
    Jun 12, 2019

    Can you use frozen cherries? It looks so good!