Amaretto Ice Cream

by Kiran on August 30, 2013 · 88 comments

in Desserts, Frozen Treats

Hi there!!

What better way to begin Friday with some liqueured ice cream? I’d cheers to that! With barely enough sleep last night, all I can think about is having this amaretto ice cream to aid with sleep deprivation.


Because I’m literally taking a red flight out to be with the Husband. In Arkansas. Sounds fun? We’ll have to wait and watch.


I don’t know about you, but as soon as I hit 30s, sleep is now an issue. There isn’t a day that goes by without a peaceful sleep. I assumed taking a short break from blogging would help me get through it — but that didn’t prove to be the right solution.

Perhaps its genetic? My mom went through similar symptoms. Nothing worrisome, but I guess my daily 8 hours of snoozing isn’t a privilege anymore.


Not sure if adding a little amaretto liqueur would aid in sleep deprivation. I’d love to think so 😉


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  • 4 cups of 2% (low fat) milk
  • 1 whole vanilla bean, slited
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 6 small egg yolks
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 tsp amaretto liqueur
  • 1/2 cup crushed amaretti cookies


  1. Make sure ice cream bowl is in the freezer 24 hours before beginning the process.
  2. Add milk and vanilla bean into a large saucepan. Heat milk on medium-low for a few minutes, until milk is hot not simmering.
  3. Meantime, whisk sugar and egg yolks in a large bowl. Whisk until yolks are slightly pale in color (about 2 minutes).
  4. Using a measuring cup, gently temper the egg yolk mixture with hot milk while whisking, vigorously.
  5. Add tempered egg mixture into the same milk saucepan and cook it on medium-low until thickens. This should take about 15 minutes or so. Stir custard every now and then to avoid burn.
  6. Once custard is thicken to desired consistency, remove from heat. Strain custard through a fine mesh sieve.
  7. Allow custard to slightly cool before adding a pinch of salt and amaretto liqueur. Bring custard to room temperature and refrigerate to chill for a few hours.
  8. Add chilled custard into chilled ice cream bowl and churn ice cream according to makers instructions. Add crushed amaretti cookies half-way into the churning process.
  9. Freeze ice cream for a few hours to set.
  10. Remove ice cream from the freezer for a few minutes before serving. Serve ice cream topped with more amaretti cookies.



Question of the day: do you have any tips or tricks to help a sleep deprived blogger? Can I ever get back my 8 hours of beauty sleep?


Since I’m clearly hooked onto amaretto, let me just warn you that there’s another amaretto inspired dessert coming soon. And its even better, I promise 😀

Have a great weekend!!


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1 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking August 30, 2013 at 3:04 PM

This ice cream looks so luscious, Kiran! I love the flavor, and your photography is just to die for. Great post, thanks for sharing!


2 Kiran September 4, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Georgia — thank you so much, my dear. your comment is so encouraging. made my day 😀


3 Monica August 30, 2013 at 3:05 PM

I am drooling! I love almonds and amaretto so bring on the recipes! I’m so impressed you use low-fat milk and so little sugar but it looks so smooth – the amaretto must be the secret. Yum!
And I have somewhat similar issues with sleeping – used to sleep like a charm but wake up a few times a night these days and doesn’t feel the same…
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4 Kiran September 4, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Monica — adding liqueur definitely helps with the texture. but most importantly, getting the custard to the right thickness which makes it all so creamy during the churning process. the amaretti cookies has a ton of sugar, so go easy on adding sugar in the ice cream base 😉

I can relate to your sleep deprivation and found eating very early in the evening helps a lot with easing into a restful sleep 🙂


5 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ August 30, 2013 at 3:58 PM

I love amaretto liqueur, it’s sweet and full of that aroma, oh that scent… sleep, if you get tipsy maybe 🙂
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6 Kiran September 4, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Daniela — haha! i’d take tipsy to aid with sleep deprivation 😉


7 Ash- foodfashionparty August 30, 2013 at 4:20 PM

The ice cream looks so yummy. Love the flavors..Hubby says don’t watch any screen after dinner, so I can sleep better..It’s helped me. Have fun.


8 Kiran September 4, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Ash — thank you so much! i’d try to stay away from all the “screens” after dinner 😀


9 Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 30, 2013 at 7:23 PM

I am so ready for a huge scoop of this ice cream!!


10 Kiran September 4, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Laura — 😀


11 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You August 30, 2013 at 7:25 PM

This ice cream is a party in a bowl…I love amaretto (almond)!!!Have a great holiday weekend, Kiran!
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12 Kiran September 4, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Denise — thanks so much, my dear friend 🙂


13 Ansh | Spiceroots August 30, 2013 at 8:09 PM

I want a Big big scoop of this ice cream ! Have fun and safe travels!
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14 Kiran September 4, 2013 at 1:29 AM

Ansh — wish I could transport some over. thank you so much for the wishes 😀


15 simi August 30, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Sleep or no sleep, am loving this! I want this!
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16 Kiran September 4, 2013 at 1:29 AM

Simi — haha! 🙂


17 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker August 30, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Ugh, I hate not having restful sleep. Have you checked out acupuncture and naturopathic medicine? It does help. Western medicine will only give you prescription pills to remedy that problem. Alternative meds checks out the entire body to see what’s causing the problem. Anyway, this amaretto ice cream sounds divine! I would hope it helped with the sleep deprivation. 😉 Looks and sounds amazing Kiran! 🙂
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18 Kiran September 4, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Anne — i’ve been so intrigued with acupuncture and hope to try some soon. i’m sure with natural remedy (i’m a huge believer of homeopathy), there’s something out there to help me sleep better. thanks for the tips, friend 🙂


19 Rosa August 31, 2013 at 4:58 AM

Heavenly! This ice cream is just too tempting. A lovely flavor.




20 Kiran September 4, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Rosa — thank you, friend 🙂


21 Ina gawne August 31, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Kiran – what a delicious and scrumptious ice cream! Wish I had words of wisdom on the sleep deprivation…I am at the computer right now with about 4 hrs. of sleep!
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22 Kiran September 4, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Ina — thanks! and don’t we all need more sleep. technology might have a lot to do with it, i guess 😉


23 easyfoodsmith August 31, 2013 at 9:07 AM

What a co-incidence Kiran! I just finished baking for my next post that has booze 😉
The ice cream looks amazing. I have yet to try amaretto flavor and seeing your post I am itching to try it asap. However, I don’t add egg to my home made ice cream anymore coz it retains hints of egg smell…any idea why that happens?
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24 Kiran September 4, 2013 at 3:00 PM

EFS — perhaps the custard needs a little more cooking time to eliminate the egg smell? or whisking eggs with sugar thoroughly before adding in the milk? adding more extract? i’m unsure 🙂


25 Maria | Pink Patisserie August 31, 2013 at 11:36 AM

I too am an amaretto addict, and love that you’ve added it to ice cream. I can almost taste it! Good luck on the sleep thing, wish I had some advice to give, I often get very little. I blame it on hormones and being “over 40”. Ahem.. 🙂
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26 Kiran September 4, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Maria — thanks! i blame it on hormones & age too. Blah 😀


27 Sophie33 August 31, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Mmmmmmmmmm…your special ice-cream looks Amazing, tasty & just wondérful!
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28 Kiran September 4, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Sophie — thank you so much 🙂


29 Angie@Angie's Recipes August 31, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Love the flavours! Your ice cream looks so creamy and gorgeous!
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30 Kiran September 4, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Angie — thank you so much 🙂


31 CCU August 31, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Amaretto ice cream? Genius 😀
It looks so magical! I want to devour this recipe!

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32 Kiran September 4, 2013 at 11:56 PM

CCU — awww, thanks! wish i could teleport you some 😀


33 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 31, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Okay, we’re ahead and it’s Sunday morning already. Can we still make this if it’s not Friday? I love the look of this ice cream!
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34 Kiran September 4, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Maureen — for sure! it’s an anytime of the day kind of ice cream 😉


35 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate August 31, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Want 🙂
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36 Kiran September 5, 2013 at 12:02 AM

Matt — 😀


37 ATasteOfMadness August 31, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Oh my goodness. I have got to make this before summer is over. This looks great!!
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38 Kiran September 5, 2013 at 12:03 AM

TOM — lol, you better hurry and let me know how it tastes 😉


39 john@kitchenriffs September 1, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Not being able to sleep is a bummer! Hope things change for you. If I eat too late in the evening, sleep sometimes is problematic. Anyway, lovely ice cream. Have a happy Labor Day!
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40 Kiran September 5, 2013 at 12:07 AM

John — thank you so much! your eating tip is spot on, though we don’t really eat too late in the evening 🙂


41 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence September 1, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Mmmmm, this looks super tasty. I’m thinking that I would enjoy this affogato style!
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42 Kiran September 5, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Brandon — thanks and brilliant minds, think alike. I was about to make affogato with this ice cream 😉


43 Wizzy September 1, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Love the presentation of these. It doesn’t take much to convince me that ice-cream is good but add amaretto and you immediately up the ante.
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44 Kiran September 5, 2013 at 12:10 AM

Wizzy — haha, thanks! i wouldn’t need much convincing either 😉


45 Carolyn Chan September 1, 2013 at 10:13 PM

I wish I still had my old ice-cream machine – then again, it was just a cheap one and it seemed to always churn the ice-cream up and over the bowl edge…OK so can I change my wish to just having a big bowl of your amaretto ice-cream ? Love that stuff !
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46 Kiran September 5, 2013 at 12:16 AM

Carolyn — and I wish I could just teleport this ice cream to you 🙂


47 Sissi September 2, 2013 at 3:30 AM

The ice-cream looks fabulous. It’s well known that a nightcap helps to fall asleep, so this amaretto ice-cream might actually prove a delicious way to make sleeping easier.
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48 Kiran September 5, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Sissi — thanks and I think a nightcap is in order 😉


49 Coffee and Crumpets September 2, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Ice cream looks perfect! Beautiful photos too as always.

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50 Kiran September 5, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Nazneen — thank you so much, dear 🙂


51 Mr. & Mrs. P September 2, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Kiran.. Drooling over this icecream… Beautiful photos!
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52 Kiran September 5, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Christy — thanks and I was drooling over your tres leches cake 😉


53 Gayathri Ramanan September 2, 2013 at 11:37 PM

wow..delicious ice cream..


54 Kiran September 5, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Gayathri — thank you so much 😀


55 Kumar's Kitchen September 3, 2013 at 1:51 AM

creamy,melt in mouth amaretto ice cream with chocolate and almond biscottis is a dream dessert for us….can’t have enough of this yummylicious frozen treat…terrific recipe 🙂
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56 Kiran September 5, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Kumar — thank you so so much 😀


57 Karen (Back Road Journal) September 3, 2013 at 6:37 AM

Your amaretto ice cream sounds delicious…I wish I had an ice cream maker.
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58 Kiran September 5, 2013 at 12:23 AM

Karen — thanks! and I’m sure that can be made without an ice cream maker too. just need a little more elbow grease 🙂


59 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella September 3, 2013 at 7:11 AM

That looks SO good and I love the crunchy sprinkles on top! Do they stay crunchy or should you add those right at the end? 🙂
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60 Kiran September 5, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Lorraine — thanks so much! add the crushed amaretti cookies right before serving. don’t want to risk it being mushy or soggy 😉


61 Asmita September 3, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Hi Kiran,
This looks beautiful! It’s so hot here right now, I would like nothing more than a big bowl of this gorgeous ice cream!
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62 Kiran September 5, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Hi Asmita — thank you so much! and yes, it’s perfect on a hot day 🙂


63 Katerina September 3, 2013 at 11:56 AM

I suffer from insomnia too Kiran. Some periods more than others. I am 44 and I guess this goes with the territory. I wasn’t much into sleep anyway and now is getting worse. I use earplugs to be able to find tranquility and they helped a lot. But 8 hours of sleep is a luxury for me. The ice cream looks divine!
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64 Kiran September 5, 2013 at 12:29 AM

Katerina — so true. i’m shutting down electronics after dinner, making sure i have very early dinner, drinking chamomile tea etc. hope we can get better sleep in the future 🙂


65 laurasmess September 3, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Wow. What a gorgeous recipe Kiran! Love it… your food styling is impeccable as per usual. Haha… funny you talk about sleep. I’m sitting here at 12.06am, husband is in bed… and I turn 30 in less than a month. I am wondering when it’ll catch up with me. I have ot do most of my blogging late at night or early in the morning before all of my other responsibilities start. It’s so hard to balance things in life! Anyway, hope that you enjoy your time with your husband and feel more rested soon. Not sure that i have any useful tips, but I definitely think I’d feel better after a scoop of that gorgeous ice cream! Hugs xx
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66 Kiran September 5, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Laura — aww, i know blogging is definitely time consuming with everything else going on in our lives. but i guess we need to balance it out before its too late. health is the priority, right?

thanks so much for the sweet compliments, my dear friend 🙂


67 Nik September 3, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Kiran, this looks so good, I want some!
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68 Kiran September 5, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Nik — thank you so much!! wish I could teleport ice cream to everyone!


69 Dina September 4, 2013 at 2:41 PM

sounds yummy!


70 Kiran September 5, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Dina — thank you 🙂


71 Patty September 4, 2013 at 7:03 PM

I wish I had tips on getting a good night’s sleep!
I guess when you are tired enough you will have a good night’s sleep!
Your ice cream is wonderful and I’ll bet a scoop or two would aid me in getting a good night’s sleep 😉
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72 Kiran September 5, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Patty — i’m tired most of the time, by end of the day. I guess poor blood circulation might be another reason for sleepless nights. Getting regular massages is so important and I’ve hardly done that in the US. It’s so darn cheap in Malaysia and they do an excellent job getting the knots out! no joke 😀


73 cquek September 5, 2013 at 3:09 AM

A big plate of this would be make really happy!


74 Kiran September 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Cquek — definitely!! 😀


75 Kiran September 6, 2013 at 10:27 AM

I’m having problem commenting on your blog — just thought to let you know 🙂


76 Daniela September 5, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Mmh,this AmRetto Ice cream looks superb!
Hope you can get some more sleep on your trip 🙂
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77 Kiran September 6, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Daniela — thank you! i hope for the same 🙂


78 Amy Tong September 5, 2013 at 4:54 PM

This Amaretto Ice Cream is gorgeous…and would definitely help with MY sleeping issue! I don’t know, I haven’t sleep more than 8 hrs….for the longest time. I think that was before I was pregnant with my first child. Anyway, hope you’ll get a better sleep soon. 🙂
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79 Kiran September 6, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Amy — i guess, once we’ve crossed a certain age, 8 hours is just a luxury. Sigh 😀


80 Meghan September 7, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Boozy ice cream completes me! Perfect with the little amaretti! Lovely recipe & photos! Enjoy the weekend, Kiran!
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81 Kiran September 10, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Meghan — thank you and hope you had a great weekend, my friend 🙂


82 Nami | Just One Cookbook September 9, 2013 at 2:37 AM

This is such a delicious ice cream, Kiran!! I love Amaretto ice cream and don’t know why I never thought of making it at home. Now I got your recipe! Yay!
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83 Kiran September 10, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Nami — haha, thanks a lot! hope you get to try this recipe soon 🙂


84 shwetha September 16, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Yumm!I will try it
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85 Kiran September 24, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Shwetha — thank you and do let me know how it tastes 🙂


86 Marly January 31, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Beautiful photos!!
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87 Marla Meridith August 18, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Such a fun ice cream flavor!


88 Maggie Suarez August 19, 2014 at 5:35 PM

What to do if I don’t have an ice cream machine?


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