In my younger days, I enjoyed an Amaretto Sour or 2 or 3…. I have been a fan of the amaretto flavor for quite some time. Lindt chocolate used to make an amaretto truffle that came in a shiny purple wrapper but I haven’t seen them in years. That makes me sad.
What makes me happy is being able to bake sweets that use Amaretto as a flavoring agent. So, of course when I saw the recipe for these cupcakes in a recent Cooking Light magazine I just had to make them. They also gave me an opportunity to use some of the apples we picked from the orchard.
The cupcakes were relatively easy to make. I would love it if they had a touch more amaretto flavor though. Next time I am going to try adding a splash more amaretto to the cupcake batter and a little bit to the glaze as well.
Amaretto Apple Struesel Cupcakes
(from Cooking Light magazine)
- Cooking spray
- 6.75 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup (2 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons amaretto (almond-flavored liqueur)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
- 1/4 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
- 3/4 cup finely chopped Gala apple
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons butter, chilled
- 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 4 teaspoons 2% reduced-fat milk
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Place muffin cup liners in 12 muffin cups; coat with cooking spray.
3. Weigh or lightly spoon 6.75 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 6.75 ounces flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Combine granulated sugar, cream cheese, and 1/4 cup butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until well blended. Add amaretto, vanilla, and egg to sugar mixture; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Combine sour cream and 1/4 cup milk in a small bowl; stir with a whisk until well blended. Combine apple and 1 tablespoon flour in a small bowl; toss well.
4. Add flour mixture and sour cream mixture alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat just until blended. Fold in apple mixture. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
5. To prepare the streusel, combine 2 tablespoons flour, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in 2 tablespoons butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal; stir in almonds. Sprinkle streusel evenly over cupcakes. Bake at 350° for 27 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes on a wire rack, and remove the cupcakes from pan.
6. To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar and 4 teaspoons milk in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle glaze over cupcakes.