Black Cherry Amaretto Pie + A Bonus Recipe!

DSC_1375 I don't know how many of you have ever tried the Haagen Dazs black cherry amaretto gelato, but if you haven't, I need you to drive to a Haagen Dazs or to the grocery store STAT. The last time I went to Haagen Dazs I got a cone of that particular gelato with midnight cookies and cream, and it was probably the best decision in my life (outside of marrying my husband and adopting my two dogs). Seriously, forget my college education, that flavor combination is where it's at! It's this that inspired me to try and work with the black cherry flavors found in this pie. I do think next time I make this I will try it with some chocolate added for some super extra yumminess. And maybe because I'm a chocolate fiend, can't stop, won't stop. Black Cherry Amaretto Pie  Ingredients  1 package of black cherry jello 8 0z of whip cream 1 oz of Amaretto 1 tsp of vanilla 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar 1 graham cracker crust sliced cherries sliced almonds DSC_1362 Directions  First, prepare the amaretto whip cream like I directed last week. Go ahead and refrigerate that until it's ready to mix in with the jello. Now, you will make the black cherry jello. I cannot stress enough: please follow the directions for the jello exactly. I don't want you to take any chances of your jello not setting! DSC_1392 While the water was boiling for the jello, I went ahead and began cutting the cherries. I bought some fresh cherries from the grocery store, and I cut these two ways. One into little slices that I incorporated into the batter, the other into half slices that I used to decorate my pie. DSC_1420 Once you've followed the package directions and your jello has thickened, it's time to whisk in the whip cream. Whisk in completely and then add in the vanilla, small cherries slices, and the powdered sugar. The powdered sugar isn't necessary if you like sweets that are more muted. I know that I like my pies sweet, so I went ahead and added that into the pie mixture. At this point you are ready to let your jello/whip mix set. DSC_1403 DSC_1439 Once the jello has set, (maybe about 2 or so hours), you can pour this mix into the graham cracker crust. I topped mine with almond slices and cherries, but this is totally optional. If you like almonds, you could even try cutting up the slices into smaller pieces and incorporating that into the mixture when you put in the smaller cherry slices. DSC_1461 DSC_1456 DSC_1475 DSC_1449 But wait, because I luvvvvv you guys so much, I've added a second recipe for this week. Okay, this is technically cheating, it's not really a second recipe, but rather an additional use of the amaretto whip. I loved Felecia's suggestion of trying it with coffee, so that's what I did. Rather than adding creamer to some afternoon coffee, I just put in two teaspoons of an amaretto cool whip mix. On a particularly rough afternoon, you could even add some extra amaretto into your coffee. DSC_1491 DSC_1497 While I loved the nuttiness from the amaretto, I bet it would be extra delicious with some Bailey's or Kahlua as well. This would be a nice way to make a homemade frappe. You could blend the coffee, ice, and a bit of your alcohol choice, and then top with the whip cream that's been mixed with that same choice. Now we're mixing ladies! Cheers to you, you deserve it! DSC_1509 Happy Eats My Sweets, melinda-sig

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