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Amaretto Cheesecake

Amaretto Cheesecake is an almond lover’s delight. This sweet, rich cheesecake has a lovely almond flavor, and the topping really makes it special.

Amaretto Cheesecake

In all these years of baking and blogging, I’ve learned that it’s best not to throw out too many superlatives about a recipe. Taste is subjective, so my “best ever” may not be someone else’s. But I just can’t help but say that this wonderful Amaretto Cheesecake is, at the very least, the best cheesecake I’ve had in a long, long time.

It’s a fairly simple cheesecake, really. I used my basic cheesecake recipe but with the addition of Amaretto, which is an almond-flavored liqueur. That bit of flavor from the liqueur is fantastic! Then, there’s the topping and a little garnishing of toasted almonds to make it extraordinary.

Amaretto Cheesecake

The topping is about as easy as it gets. It’s just a combination of sour cream, confectioners’ sugar, and almond extract. On its own, it may not seem all that impressive. But spread it on top of this cheesecake, and it’s pretty magical. It’s sweet and slightly tart flavor combines perfectly with all that creamy, delicious cheesecake.

Finishing this cheesecake with toasted almonds is the perfect garnish. If you want to go another step further, toast the almonds in a skillet with just a little (maybe a teaspoon) of butter and sprinkle a teaspoon or so of sugar on them while they toast. They’ll be a little sticky as the cook and cool, so just be sure to stir them frequently.

Amaretto Cheesecake

I love when simple recipes result in something impressive. This Amaretto Cheesecake with its sour cream topping is such a beautiful dessert that’s absolutely delicious, yet it mixes quickly and simply. If you’re looking to impress your guests with a gorgeous, irresistible dessert that won’t have you exhausted once it’s in the oven, this one definitely fits the bill!

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Amaretto Cheesecake

Yield 16 servings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 25 minutes

Amaretto Cheesecake is such a beautiful, delicious, impressive dessert. If you love almond desserts, you must try this one!

Amaretto Cheesecake is such a beautiful, delicious, impressive dessert. If you love almond desserts, you must try this one! - Bake or Break


For the crust:

  • 1 & 3/4 cups (198g) vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons (70g) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 24 ounces (680g) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup Amaretto or other almond-flavored liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup (113g) sour cream

For the topping:

  • 1 cup (227g) sour cream
  • 1/4 cup (28g) confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • about 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted*


To make the crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. Combine the cookie crumbs and butter until thoroughly mixed. Press evenly in the bottom and partially up the sides of the prepared pan.
  3. Bake 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

To make the filling:

  1. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese and sugar until throughly combined and smooth. Add the eggs, Amaretto, vanilla, and almond extract. Mix well. Mix in the sour cream.
  2. Transfer the batter to the pan, and spread evenly.
  3. Bake 15 minutes.
  4. Reduce the oven temperature to 200°F. Bake for 2 hours.
  5. Remove the cheesecake from the oven, and run a thin knife around the outside edge.
  6. Turn off the oven. Return the cheesecake to the oven. Leave the cheesecake in the oven for 2 hours.
  7. Cover the cheesecake loosely and refrigerate at least 8 hours.

To make the topping:

  1. Stir together the sour cream, confectioners' sugar, and almond extract until thoroughly combined.
  2. Spread the topping over the chilled cheesecake before serving. Garnish with toasted almonds.


*I used just enough almonds to place around the outside edge of the cheesecake and then offered more on the side for those who wanted more. Use as many as you want. You can even go all-out and cover the entire top with almonds if you like. Just keep in mind that the almonds will soften over time as the cheesecake is stored.

Amaretto Cheesecake

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    17 Comments on “Amaretto Cheesecake”

  1. Amaretto is absolutely one of my favorite flavors. I think I’ve posted three different amaretto recipes on my blog in the last few months! I will definitely be giving your cheesecake a try.

  2. Made this for Christmas evening and it was AMAZING! Definitely worth the time, I will be making it again — although may skip the topping. The cake is so good, we found it didn’t need it. Another great recipe I’ll return to again and again – thank you!

  3. Excelente presentación de los platos

  4. I have made this several times. Only once with the sour cream topping. It wssn’t a hit. I have made a topping with cherry pie filling with almond extract, but served it on the side as optional.

  5. Best cheesecake ever!  I added a little more Amerreto by accustom course and was very hesitant to make the sour cream topping but trust the recipe it was phenomenal!  I made the toasted almonds but didn’t separate them on the dish after toasting so they stuck together so I just garnished with plain sliced almonds. It was a huge hit. I make a different cheesecake ever year and the family agreed this was a winner!  I took pictures. It looks exactly like yours!  Pinterest win!

  6. Made this for Christmas. Put it in the oven and realized I forgot to put the sour cream! Prayed for the best. It still turned out fantastic! Enjoyed by everyone, and my sister polished off the last piece the next day. Going to make it again (the correct way this time.) Excellent cheesecake!

  7. Love your delicious, not overly complicated recipes! This cheesecake was fantastic when I made it the 1st time. I’d like to make it again for Thanksgiving, and I’m wondering how long will it keep in the fridge? Thanks!

  8. I’ve made this at least 29 times. It’s the most requested dessert by family and friends. Absolutely delicious! 

  9. Wow! 5 star cheesecake. This was perfection. 

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