Cream Cheese, Orange Liqueur and Almond Stuffed Apricots

Back with another boozy recipe just in time for the holidays.

I made these for a wedding a few weeks ago and they worked perfectly as a vegetarian and gluten-free finger food. I’ve heard plenty of reasons over the past couple of years as to why people have made the switch to gluten-free, but none was as great as a guest at this wedding. She claimed that she became psychotic when she ate gluten. That’s definitely a new one.

When I was making these, I had a frustrating time at first because of my lack of experience with piping bags. I was missing a piece, so my friend ended up using bright pink duct tape to hold the nozzle to the bag. We called it the ghetto squeezer. I may patent it one day (ha), but really what I need is a proper icing set.

Stuffed Apricot Appetizers

Ingredients

Makes 24 apricots

  • 3 oz room temperature cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp. orange liqueur
  • 24 large whole Turkish apricots
  • 24 whole blanched almonds or 1/2 cup sliced blanched almonds

Method

In a food processor, cream together the cream cheese, ginger and liqueur. Set aside.

Make a small incision in the apricots, just large enough to fit the tip of the piping bag. Fill a piping bag with the mixture, and pipe a small amount into each apricot. There should already be a very small hole where the pit was removedβ€”I’d suggest enlarging that to avoid any leakage.

Push one whole almond or a pinch of sliced almonds into the top of the apricots. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Stuffed Apricot AppetizersStuffed Apricot Appetizers

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5 thoughts on “Cream Cheese, Orange Liqueur and Almond Stuffed Apricots

  1. trixpin says:

    Yum! It’s funny how you find suddenly that you don’t do something very much, like piping. It hit me a year back and suddenly I got into a piping frenzy and tried to do as much as I could – and I think it worked. At least, I feel marginally more confident with a piping nozzle than I did 12 months ago πŸ™‚ These look so perfect I’d say you were a piping expert.

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