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Amaretto Cheesecake

Amaretto Cheesecake is rich, creamy and full of almond flavor. It has amaretto (almond flavored liqueur) in the batter and sugared sliced almonds on top. The whole thing is drizzled with an Amaretto Cream Sauce for even more almond flavor.

Slice of Amaretto Cheesecake on china plate.

What Is Amaretto?

Amaretto is a delicious almond-flavored liqueur that is great for cocktails and desserts. It originated in Italy and is typically made from apricot kernels or a combination of apricots and almonds. It has a sweet, nutty flavor.

Almond is one of my favorite flavorings for desserts, especially during the Christmas season.

Almond desserts, like this cheesecake and this Almond Cake with Amaretto Filling, seem formal and fancy to me.

This rich and decadent Amaretto Cheesecake is perfect for serving during the holidays when most people are willing to consume a few extra calories.

Slice of cheesecake on plate with rest of cheesecake in background.

What’s Amaretto Cheesecake Made Of?

Amaretto Cheesecake starts with a Vanilla wafer crust, which I usually prefer to a graham cracker crust. A blend of cream cheese and sour cream in the filling creates a creamy, dense filling that has a little tang. The flavor of almond is a little on the light side. If you like a heavy almond flavor, add a few drops of almond extract.

A topping of sugared almonds gives some crunch and a luscious Amaretto Cream Sauce really rounds out the almond flavor.

If you wanted to cut down on the steps, this cheesecake is perfectly delicious without the sauce.

Slice of Amaretto Cheesecake on blue plate.

Recommended Equipment

Tips For Success

Use room temperature ingredients and avoid overmixing.

Try not to overcook or undercook your cheesecake. When you turn the oven off, it should still wobble slightly in the middle. It will set more as it cools.


Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Slice of Amaretto Cheesecake on plate.

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Amaretto Cheesecake

Amaretto Cheesecake

Amaretto Cheesecake is rich, creamy and full of almond flavor. It has amaretto (almond flavored liqueur) in the batter and sugared sliced almonds on top. The whole thing is drizzled with an Amaretto Cream Sauce for even more almond flavor.
PREP: 9 hours
COOK: 1 hour 30 minutes
TOTAL: 10 hours 30 minutes



  • 1 3/4 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted


  • 4 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 (8-ounce) containers sour cream
  • 1/3 cup amaretto liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Amaretto Cream Sauce

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons Amaretto
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons sugar


  • To make crust, combine vanilla wafer crumbs, finely chopped almonds, brown sugar, and melted butter in a medium bowl. Transfer to a springform pan and press firmly on bottom and 1 inch up sides.Refrigerate until needed.
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Make the filling. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until creamy and smooth. Gradually add sugar and cornstarch. Beat well to combine. (After this point you want to beat as little as possible.)
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating just long enough to get most of egg incorporated into batter before adding the next one.
  • Add sour cream, amaretto, and vanilla extract and beat on low speed just until evenly mixed.
  • Pour mixture into prepared pan. Place pan on baking sheet and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Turn oven off but leave cheesecake in oven for another 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours. Cheesecake should still have some jiggle in the middle when you shake the pan.
  • Place on counter and let cool to room temperature.
  • To make topping, melt butter in a small skillet. Add almonds and sugar and cook, stirring frequently, until almonds are light brown. Let cool partially (you don’t want to put it on the cheesecake while it is hot, but if they cool too much the almonds will all stick together.) and sprinkle on top of cheesecake.
  • Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  • For Amaretto Cream Sauce, heat heavy cream in a small saucepan until simmering. In a small bowl, whisk together amaretto and cornstarch. Add to cream and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mix in sugar and let cool. Refrigerate.
  • Drizzle with Amaretto Cream Sauce just before serving.


It’s best to use room temperature ingredients and avoid overmixing the cheesecake batter.
Cheesecake should be stored in the refrigerator and will last about 5 days if wrapped tightly or placed in an airtight container.


Calories: 385kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesecake

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Originally published November 24, 2014.

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62 thoughts on “Amaretto Cheesecake”

  1. Helga Maddox

    This is a absolutely wonderful cheesecake, and everyone in my family loved it!! Will definitely make again!

  2. Hi sorry if this question was asked before but what is amaretto liqueur versus Amaretto? Are they 2 different things?

    I want to make this cake a bday cake but want to make sure I don’t mess it up.

  3. Linda B. Mizell

    A cheesecake similar to this was featured in Taste of The South Magazine year’s ago and it called for a 10” springform pan. I have made it many, many times. I love the idea of the Ameretto Cream Sauce to top it! A great finishing touch !

    1. I am looking for that recipe, I have had it since 2009 but lost it this year, do you have a copy to share.

  4. I would like to make this (amaretto cheesecake) ahead of time for Christmas. Can it be frozen?

    1. I going to make this cheesecake closer to Christmas, can it be frozen? Also I made your Banana Pudding Cheesecake. It was phenomenal. My neighbor had me make him another one. Thanks

  5. I have the same recipe since 2009 it was published in southern favorites magazine there is no cornstarch in the cheesecake. When I make the nut topping I put it out on foil let cool then break it up with my hands like peanut brittle ans sprinkle it over the cake it makes a pretty topping

    1. I had the same recipe form the 2009 issue but lost it this year, is there anyone still have a copy that will share.

  6. I made this but used crushed amaretti biscuits for the base and it added a bit more almond flavour and crunch to the base – I would definitely recommend this option. The cake is great!

  7. Hey there! This sounds like an awesome recipe and I have just put mine in the oven. I used a 9 inch springform pan and filled it to the top and have about a cup of batter left over. What do you think I did wrong? I followed the recipe exactly.

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      I don’t think you did anything wrong Louise. Some brands of springform pans have a little more height to them than others. Hope it turns out well for you.

      1. It poofed up about 3/4 of an inch over height of the pan and then settled down. I baked the leftover in an ovenproof bowl and got a preview of what it tastes like! yummy!
        So, the larger the spring-form pan the better I think. Mine is a 9 1/2 inch Wilton.
        Thanks for the great recipe!

          1. I served it with the sauce, Crisitn, and it was perfectly yummy! Everyone liked it! Thank you again! XOXO

  8. I am in awe, pics just look so wonderfully delicious! Only have one BIG problem, I’m diabetic, do you know how many carbs one slice has; you think taste would change terribly if I used Splenda or Sweet n Low?

  9. Made this for a dinner party and it was a hit. I like a little more almond flavor so I added extract to the filling and the sauce. The almond topping is genious! I made a pumpkin cheesecake too and stole the topping idea but did it with pecans. It was ahhhhmazing!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      So glad it was a hit. It’s hard to have too much almond flavor isn’t it? Love it! 🙂

  10. When specifically do you add the cream sauce — after the cake has been refrigerated for eight hours or before it goes in the fridge?

  11. When should you separate the springform pan from the cheesecake? Would it be once it is at room temperature or after it has set overnight in the fridge?

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      It doesn’t need to cool all the way to room temperature, but definitely do it before you refrigerate it or it will really stick.

  12. Do you think this cake could be made using almond extract instead of the amaretto or will the recipe then just not work?

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      I think you could use almond extract but you would need to use a much smaller amount. I find that even 1/2 a teaspoon of almond extract gives a pretty strong almond flavor. If you use almond extract in the filling, you may want to add a little heavy cream to make up for adding less liquid.

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