Easy Cherry Amaretto Crisp

Because cherries are bliss.  And cherries + amaretto are a match made in heaven!

Easy Cherry Amaretto Crisp | Sweet Anna's

This crisp is just the best thing that has come across my table in a long time.  I can’t get over how lovely these flavors are, and I’m kind of mad at myself for taking this long to throw this simple, delicious dessert together!

Do you ever just have to bake?  Your mind and spirit feeling like it will burst if you don’t get in that kitchen right now and make something beautiful and delicious that will bring smiled to the faces around you (or even just your own)?  The need to fill your house with heavenly scents that stop a busy mind in its tracks upon entering your door?

Food is my love language.  Or rather, food is the love language I speak.  And creating in the kitchen is how I de-stress.  Maybe because I can usually control the movements and outcomes in my kitchen.  Maybe because mostly good things come out of my kitchen.  Maybe because it just smells so darn good in here.

Whatever the reason, my kitchen is my solace.  Baking is my passion.  And cooking fun meals for people who appreciate them is right up next to baking on the list!

(See how I didn’t just say ‘cooking is my passion’?  Because ever since I married had kids, I don’t find as much joy in cooking.  But if I know someone is easy to please, or extra appreciative of a good home-cooked meal, I am all over it!)

Anyways, end of my ramblings and back to the crisp at hand…

If you don’t have frozen cherries, you can absolutely use fresh.  The cooking time will be less, so just keep an eye on it for bubbling and a golden brown top!

I like a mix of about half tart cherries and half sweet cherries.  If you have all tart cherries, add a bit more sugar to the fruit mixture.  If you have all sweet cherries, cut the sugar back a bit if you’d like.

However you do it, throw this quick dessert together soon.  You will be sure to impress your loved ones with this one!

Easy Cherry Amaretto Crisp | Sweet Anna's

Easy Cherry Amaretto Crisp

Yield: serves 8-10

Ingredients

    for the filling:
  • 8 cups total, frozen cherries (4 cups tart cherries, 4 cups sweet cherries, if you have them!)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon amaretto liqueur*
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • for the topping:
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon amaretto liqueur*

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

In a 9x13" baking dish, mix together the cherries, sugar, flour, amaretto, cinnamon and salt until combined; Set aside.

In a large bowl, stir together the oats, brown sugar, almonds, flour, cinnamon and salt until well mixed. Stir in the melted butter and the amaretto until combined. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the cherry mixture in the baking dish.

Bake for 45-60 minutes, until the filling is bubbling and the topping is golden brown. Serve with a scoop of ice cream or lots of fresh whipped cream!

*If you don't have amaretto liqueur, feel free to substitute some pure almond extract. About 1 teaspoon of extract is equal to 1 tablespoon of liqueur!

http://sweetannas.com/2014/07/easy-cherry-amaretto-crisp.html

recipe adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

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