Cherry Amaretto Mini Loaves

Cherry Amaretto Mini Loaves

Bright red cherries complement the almond flavor of these festive little loaves of quick bread.

25 min. prep time
40 servings
353 Ratings



1 cup sugar
3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
3/4 cup milk
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup amaretto liqueur*
1 cup maraschino cherries, chopped, well-drained


3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter melted
1/3 cup sliced almonds


Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottoms only of 5 (5 3/4x3-inch) mini loaf pans; set aside.

Combine 1 cup sugar and 3/4 cup butter in bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add eggs; continue beating until well mixed. Add milk; beat at low speed until well mixed. Add flour, baking powder and salt; continue beating just until flour is moistened. Gently stir in amaretto liqueur and cherries. Spoon batter evenly into prepared pans.

Combine all topping ingredients in bowl; mix well. Sprinkle over batter.

Bake 35-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pans; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

*Substitute 1/3 cup milk and 1 teaspoon almond extract.

Recipe Tip

- For easy gift giving, bake loaves in mini aluminum foil loaf pans. They come in packages of 5 pans and can usually be found in the baking aisle of the supermarket.

- Loaves can be baked in 2 (8x4-inch) loaf pans. Bake at 350°F, 45-50 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 120

Fat: 5g

Cholesterol: 25mg

Sodium: 100mg

Carbohydrates: 17g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 2g

Recipe #14689©2010Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

It was a little too sweet for me, so I used dried tart cherries instead of the maraschino cherries. I also added 1 cup slivered almonds, coarsely chopped, to the batter. I also have made the loaves without the topping to reduce the sweetness a bit further. Still got raves for both versions.
Made 12 full sized loaves for my family to take home at Thanksgiving. Nothing but rave reviews. My sister said I really outdid myself this year. This is a keeper. Went to Gordon Foods and bought the big jar of cherry halves. Did not chop any further. I doubled the recipe to make 4 loaves at a time. Used brown sugar for the topping on 1 batch. Worked fine.
Delicious. I made two loaves, gave one to a neighbor who just had a baby and took the other one to a familiy dinner. It was gone and everyone said it was really good and asked that I make it again. I thought about making these for my neighbors for Christmas and wanted to try it first. The only down side was having to chop the cherries. I can see that taking a long time if I'm making several batches. I used the milk with almond extract. Just a note, after adding the milk, it didn't mix with the butter/sugar mixture. But, after I added the dry ingredients, it all mixed fine.

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