Almond Brownies With Cherries and Amaretti Crunch Topping

by Jennifer Wieland
Almond Brownies with Cherries and Amaretti Crunch Topping

I have been slowly losing weight just by making breakfast my big meal of the day and drinking two 8 oz. glasses of water before each meal. All told, doing this has helped me lose 36 pounds so far. I am now at a point where I need to make more changes. I am trying to include exercise. Which for me during winter is a chore. Once it got cold here I did not want to go out for a jog or walk anymore. I have some exercise equipment here and I am trying to decide on some other things to do too because I get bored easily with exercise. The other thing I need to do is start changing my diet up more. I have been trying to incorporate seafood into our dinners and eat yogurt and oatmeal for breakfast but being a baker trying to eliminate sweets completely is not going to happen for me.

I have decided that I need to try to remove some carbs and use different options for sweeteners. I figure if I can cut carbs and add protein instead or cut out useless sugar calories then maybe I can get somewhere. This though is a totally foreign concept for me and I am sure I will have many failures while trying to get some new recipes created like I did with today’s. I am so happy I kept trying though because what I ended up with was so good and I did replace 1/3 of the flour I would have used with almond meal instead. This automatically cut out some of the carbs and boosted the protein. The almonds also gave the brownies a nice texture that I liked.

We had a second round of Christmas yesterday at my parent’s house since my sister had not been able to come to the first one. I made these almond brownies with cherries and an amaretti crunch topping and brought them with and they were a big hit. My mom asked for the recipe because her and my dad both loved them and kept eating them. Everyone else thought they were really good too. This I think is one of my favorite desserts now and it is something that I am going to make often. Hopefully though I don’t eat it all. That will be the hard part here. Also, for those of you that think these aren’t healthy. Well, they probably aren’t but they are healthier than they would be with full flour and for a sweets junkie you have to be patient with me and let me baby step my way into healthier desserts.

Almond Brownie Batter

This is what the melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon will look like.

Almond Brownies

You can stop at this point and you will have just plain almond brownies or you can continue on to take it over the top.

Cherries with Almond Brownies

The cherries need to be evenly spooned onto the almond brownies.

Amaretti Crunch Topping

Amaretti cookies are used to create the oh so good Amaretti Crunch Topping.

Almond Brownies with Cherries and Amaretti Crunch Topping


Almond Brownies with Cherries and Amaretti Crunch Topping
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4473 calories
761 g
708 g
157 g
34 g
86 g
1530 g
1379 g
537 g
5 g
60 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 4473
Calories from Fat 1375
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 157g
Saturated Fat 86g
Trans Fat 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 11g
Monounsaturated Fat 49g
Cholesterol 708mg
Sodium 1379mg
Total Carbohydrates 761g
Dietary Fiber 11g
Sugars 537g
Protein 34g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the almond brownies
  1. 1/2 c. (1 stick) salted butter
  2. 2 c. light brown sugar, packed
  3. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  4. 2 eggs, beaten
  5. 1 c. flour
  6. 1/2 c. almond meal (ground almonds)
  7. 1 tsp. baking powder
For the topping
  1. 1 can of pie filling (I used cherry)
  2. 1/2 c. coarsely crushed amaretti cookies
  3. 2 tbsp. flour
  4. 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  5. 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  6. 3 tbsp. melted butter
For the almond brownies
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line grease a 9x13 pan with baking spray.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat melt the butter. Add the light brown sugar and cinnamon and stir to combine. All of the liquid should be absorbed. Stir until you notice liquid bubbling around the edges. Remove from heat and pour into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the two beaten eggs until completely incorporated. Add the flour, almond meal and baking powder and stir to combine. Press the mixture into the 9x13 pan evenly and place in the oven.
  3. If topping: Bake for 25 minutes or until just set. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. While it is cooling make the amaretti crunch topping if using.
  4. If not topping: Bake for 30-35 minutes until fully set.
For the topping
  1. In a bowl, stir together the crushed amaretti cookies, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon with a fork. Pour in the melted butter and stir until all of the dry ingredients are moistened.
  2. Evenly spoon the pie filling onto the brownies. Sprinkle the amaretti crunch topping on the pie filling. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
  3. Allow the brownies to completely cool before serving.
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Jennifer is a mom to 5 boys, 1 girl and 1 husband. Her kids range in age from 8-24 so things are always crazy with everything from school life, to autism and to college and beyond. She tries to bake, craft, travel and blog her way through all of the chaos and craziness that life, her kids and her husband throw her way.

22 Responses to “Almond Brownies With Cherries and Amaretti Crunch Topping”

  1. 1
    Angela says:

    I adore almond with cherries. Throw in a brownie and what more could a girl want?!

  2. 2

    These look amazing!! Thank you for sharing!
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  3. 3

    That looks very tasty!
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    Tonya says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! It looks absolutely yummy!
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    Michelle says:

    OH MY! This looks amazing! Definitely going on my list to try!
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    Kerri says:

    Oooh, I want to make these!! They look delicious!
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    LyndaS says:

    You go girl!
    I need to lose some weight, but those brownies are calling my name.
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    Karen Coutu says:

    This looks so good! My children love cherry cobbler and brownies, so I know they’d eat this. 😀
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    Wendy says:

    This looks SO SO YUMMY. I’ll prob use real or frozen cherries, but YUM
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  12. 12

    Congrats on the weight loss! I’m trying to drop the food blogger holiday weight now myself.
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  13. 13

    Oh this looks totally good. I love anything with cherries. I think this would be a remarkable desert to try in our home. Thank you for sharing this with us.
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  14. 14

    That looks amazing! I love most everything with crunch toppings though 🙂
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    Stephanie says:

    I made the mistake of reading this post while I was hungry; my stomach about leapt out of me trying to get to this – that looks and sounds AMAZING! Pinning!
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    Kat B. says:

    This looks so delicious! Hmmm, cherries.
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    Karen says:

    OMG! That looks amazing! While it might not be as healthy as other things you can eat, I am of the opinion that you need to treat yourself sometimes. If you don’t eat stuff like this every day, then ok. so what! I love me some chocolate and cherries together.
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    Tammy says:

    You’re killing me here, #SoLongNewYearsResolution … 🙂 Those look delicious!
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  19. 19

    The ingredients in this are totally my thing. It really looks fabulous beyond belief.
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    Pinned this! Different type of recipe. Congrats on the weight loss, Jennifer. Thank you for linking up to Traffic Jam Weekend.
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