Sour Cream Amaretto Cheese Cake

Monday, December 5, 2011


    16-ounce sour cream
    8 oz. cream cheese
    1/4 cup corn starch
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 cup of sugar
    1 tablespoon Amaretto
    1 teaspoon almond extract
    3 eggs

    In a mixing bowl combine the corn starch, baking powder, set aside. Add the sour cream, cream cheese and sugar beat around 5 minutes till light and fluffy.

    Add eggs, almond extract, and Amaretto and mix well until completely smooth.

    Almond Crumb Crust:

    3 cups fine crumbs such as cinnamon graham cracker(is what I used), regular graham, vanilla cookies, or chocolate wafers
    8 tablespoons butter
    1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
    Preheat Oven 350 degrees:

    Melt butter in the microwave. Mix with fine crumbs, almonds and blend well. Place the crumb mixture in 9-inch springform pan lightly sprayed or lined with parchment paper or you can you one greased deep-dish pie plate and a 6-inch springform pan (always line or lightly spray) and press crumbs down to form. I like to wrap the bottom with foil to prevent dripping in the oven.

    Pour batter over crust. (I didn't prebake the crust, but you can for 5 to 6 minutes if you like, then cool first before adding the filling on the crust)
    Bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick test comes out clean.
    Cool before serving. Top with hot fudge sauce with added Amaretto or a pureed fresh fruit topping.

    Amaretto Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

    1 (14 ounces) can sweeten condensed milk
    2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, chopped
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    1/4 cup water
    2 tablespoons Amaretto
    1 teaspoon almond extract

    Combine condensed milk, chocolate and salt in top of a double boiler over rapidly boiling water. Stir and cook until chocolate melts and mixture thickens about 10 minutes.
    Remove from heat and stir in water, a little at a time, until sauce reaches desired consistency. Cool slightly and stir in Amaretto and vanilla. Drizzle over cake. Refrigerate any unused for up to a week.


    1. This cheese cake is amazing :) I love everything made of amaretti and almonds. Bye bye, have a great week

    2. Oh yummy! This cake look sinfully delicious =)

    3. I love this version of cheesecake!It must be soooo yummy!xxx

    4. Oh, my gosh, Claudia! This sounds AMAZING!!! Will buzz and stumble :)

    5. I love cheesecake! This one looks so inviting. This is an awesome recipe Claudia!

    6. I love cheesecakes that have something from the liqueur cabinet! The three flavors here (amaretto, almonds and chocolate) do make for an amazing dessert. Well done Claudia!

    7. one word - decadent pick...
      hope you have a good week, and good luck

    8. This is a holiday indulgence I must make - to share - because you know - I could eat it all. Have bookmarked it to bring to the family Christmas Eve where there will 40 people to help me gobble this up - I think I could dine on the sauce. I also love Catherine's blog.

    9. Dear Claudia, I have a lot of catching up to do. You have been making some delicious goodies!! This cheesecake is wonderful. Blessings my dear friend. Catherine xo

    10. What a great looking cheesecake. I never knew you could use sour cream. Thanks Catherine and Claudia for sharing.

    11. This cheesecake is decadent for sure, Claudia! I have to try this sometime during the holidays and then try to refrain from devouring it all. Thanks for the recipe and Catherine also!

    12. Your cheesecake looks fantastic especially drizzled with the chocolate. However if I had sour cream left over I'd probably eat it right from the spoon. I love the stuff.

      Beautiful photo and your cheesecake looks inviting

    13. I saw this on Catherine's and thought it looked absolutely delicious! I NEED this in my life! So yummy.

    14. Oh man, that looks delectable! In Germany, we use quark, which is kind of like a thickened sour cream, as the base for cheesecake, so that sounds like I'd love it. Amaretto makes everything better, as does hot fudge. :) Great recipe!

    15. Love the combination of flavors! Absolutely delicious!

    16. That looks positively decadent--love how it's presented with the hot fudge swirl.

    17. I love all kinds of cheesecakes, your is just amazing !

    18. That looks and sounds out of control yummy! Soooo good :)


    19. Love the amaretto in this cheesecake! What a fabulous dessert!

    20. Catherine is unquestionably delightful, as are you :) This is a wonderful and beautiful cheesecake!


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