Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream – Homemade Ice Cream

Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream

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Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream is helping us to stay cool today in these sweltering temperatures. Let me tell you, I adore my ice cream maker. When we need ice cream, (yes, need), we have some in 30 minutes. No going out. And in our house, it doesn’t have to be hot outside, because we love ice cream all year round.

Fresh local cherries have started to make their appearance, and I couldn’t wait to get some. They are super sweet and delicious just to snack on, and also in this ice cream. Amaretto, being an almond liqueur, is perfect, since almonds and cherries are a perfect flavour match for each other.

Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream

Homemade Ice Cream:  Know What You’re Eating

Besides being tasty, the best part of homemade ice cream: we know exactly what’s in it. Which isn’t much. For the most part,  just cream, sugar and fruit or maybe some vanilla or cocoa. Because really, those are all you need for delicious cool treats. However, you would never know it when you read the ingredient labels on so many store-bought brands. There are good ones out there, but you really have to check those labels.

A bowl of cherries on a plate, with Ice cream

What’s in That Ice Cream?

Here’s the list of ingredients on a premium brand of “frozen dairy dessert”:  milk, sugar, corn syrup, cream, whey, mono and diglycerides, carob bean gum, guar gum, carrageenan, natural flavor, annatto (for color), vitamin A palmitate, tara gum. Check out this NYT article: Ice Cream’s Identity Crisis, for an eye-opener, and a laugh, too. The milk and sugar, yes. But there’s more corn syrup in there than cream! And all the rest of those ingredients? Get outta my ice cream. I don’t want me or my family to eat any of that stuff.

Two dishes of cherry amaretto ice cream with fresh cherries on top of each serving

An Ice Cream Machine Can Save You $

Buying an ice cream machine was a good investment, too. It’s paid for itself many times over, because, have you seen the price of store-bought “frozen desserts”? Do you have an ice cream machine? If you do, I would love to hear how it works for you.

Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream

No Machine? You Can Make Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream Without One

You can make this Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream easily without a machine, too. However, you will have to wait just a bit longer to enjoy it while your freezer does its job. Just make the recipe and pour it into a freezer-safe container. Put it into the freezer, and every couple of hours, go give it a good stir. Eventually, you’ll get your ice cream. But it’s ok, the wait is worth it!

Two bowls of ice cream, with spoons

Lastly, if you’re like me, and you love frozen dessert treats, you may want to check out: Mango Coconut Ice Cream, (a non-dairy option), or Pistachio Mint Frozen Yogurt.

Ice cream being scooped out of a tub into bowls



A cherry dessert in a glass bowl, with Cherries

Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream – Homemade Ice Cream

Cherries and Amaretto are a match made in heaven in this creamy cool treat.
4.22 from 23 votes
Prep Time 40 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 10 servings
Calories 298 kcal


  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup Amaretto or any almond liqueur
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups fresh ripe cherries pitted and sliced


  • In a mixing bowl combine milk, cream, sugar, vanilla extract, and Amaretto.
  • With a hand blender on low setting, blend until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes.
  • Pour the cream mixture into the bowl of an ice cream machine.
  • Run machine for 25 minutes.
  • Turn machine off, and add cherries and their juice.
  • Run machine for a further 5 minutes, until cherries are combined and ice cream is slightly pink.
  • Serve immediately for a soft serve ice cream, or put into a freezer safe container with a lid and freeze.


30 minutes of the indicated prep time is ice cream machine time.
A cherry pitter is nice to have if you are processing a lot of cherries like in this recipe. They are inexpensive and easy to use.
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Serving: 1servingCalories: 298kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 2gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 29mgPotassium: 163mgSugar: 28gVitamin A: 770IUVitamin C: 3.2mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword amaretto, cherries, homemade ice cream
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22 thoughts on “Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream – Homemade Ice Cream

  1. Outstanding flavor and ease of making it – I LOVE Ashby’s Amaretto Ice Cream and usually have to hunt around to find it. This recipe with a few tweak’s make a great version of it. I use maraschino cherries quartered and a 1/4 juice they come with; the rest of the recipe is identical and it rarely lasts a week.

  2. This ice-cream looks soooo yummy!and delicious! Great post πŸ™‚ x
    It’s never too late for ice cream. πŸ˜‰ One of my favorite flavors!! ?

  3. What an excellent way to use our wonderful seasonal cherries, Colleen! Your Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream looks wonderful! I have had an ice cream maker since Pastry School (required equipment) and we use it frequently. We have not bought ice cream in forever! We use it for sorbets too with all of our fresh Okanagan fruit. We are lucky, aren’t we? Thanks for sharing another excellent recipe – I am excited to make it with the cherries that I have in my fridge at this very moment. πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Denise! My ice cream maker gets a lot of use, too. I love to make sorbets as well, and frozen yogurt. We are really the luckiest, to live in this valley and have access to all this amazing fresh fruit, right? Cheers, and enjoy those cherries!

  4. Yep, pretty nasty and unnecessary ingredients in some of the store-bought ice creams! We have an ice cream maker and love it! This flavor is amazing, cherry and amaretto go so well together!

  5. I’m all about the fresh cherries these days, and this ice cream with the amaretto sounds delicious! Looks super creamy!

    1. Hi Leanne, Fresh cherries, are so great, and cherries are being harvested right now in the Okanagan, where we are, so fresh, local cherries are a treat that we have to get on board!

  6. Absolutely LOVE this ice cream flavour! Perfect for cherry season and I love the addition of the Amaretto too! YUM πŸ™‚

  7. Getting an ice cream machine has been on my list for the longest time. Although that may just become a reality soon enough… this cherry amaretto ice cream looks so creamy and delicious! Have pinned to try. Thanks for sharing Colleen β™₯

    1. Maria, We love our ice cream machine! It’s so fun and convenient, plus you get to control what goes into it. I recommend it. πŸ™‚

  8. I’m with you on the ice cream maker, and on the unnecessary complexity in store-bought stuff. Seriously, it’s so good and so easy to make your own ice cream at home, and ice cream makers are pretty affordable. Space consuming… but once you try that first homemade batch… heck yes. As for this specific recipe – I LOVE these flavours. Cherry and amaretto are so awesome together!

    1. Hey Sean, I know, when you consider how expensive store bought ice cream is, buying a machine is worth it in the long run. Thanks for coming by!

  9. It’s pretty sad to see what goes into some ice cream products. You’re right, homemade is so much better because you know exactly what goes into it. And it tastes better! Your cherry amaretto ice cream looks delish!

  10. Yum … my icecream is still stitting in the freezer waiting for me to test drive it! This ice cream looks incredible!

  11. Love it! I have yet to buy an ice cream machine, but it’s on my list! I still make my own ice cream (just like you, to know what goes into it), but it takes longer than 30 minutes unfortunately. This one sounds incredible with cherries and liquor! Yum! What a great treat on a hot summer day

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