Amaretto Creme Brulee

Creme brulee dessert
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Refrigeration time: 4 hrs
Total: 4 hrs 40 mins
Servings: 6 servings

Amaretto liqueur and almond extract give this rich creme brulee its heavenly almond flavor. Garnish this special dessert with some toasted sliced almonds and a few mint leaves. 

Creme brulee is not only easy to prepare, but it can also be made ahead. This makes it especially convenient for a dinner party or holiday meal when you have several dishes to worry about. Refrigerate the creme brulee overnight and add the burnt sugar topping just before serving. 


  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (1 pint)
  • 2 tablespoons Amaretto liqueur
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar (plus 4 to 6 tablespoons for topping)
  • Optional: sliced almonds (lightly toasted)
  • Optional: fresh mint

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  2. In a saucepan, bring cream, Amaretto, and almond extract to a boil.

  3. Meanwhile, whisk egg yolks with 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Slowly whisk the hot cream into the egg yolk mixture until well blended, gradually adding the hot liquid so the eggs don't cook.

  4. Place 6 to 8 shallow individual 6 to 8-ounce baking dishes in a large baking or roasting pan.

  5. Pour cream mixture into the baking dishes. Pour boiling water into the baking dish to about halfway up the small baking dishes.

  6. Carefully place the pan in the oven. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the centers barely move. You may have to adjust the baking time, depending on the size/depth of the baking dishes.

  7. Cool the creme brulee then chill for about 4 to 6 hours or overnight.

  8. Sprinkle each creme brulee with 2 to 3 teaspoons of sugar.

  9. Carefully torch to melt the sugar, moving and taking care not to burn. Or, place under the broiler, turning and watching very closely, until sugar turns a darker brown, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. A cooking torch is good to have if you make this often. You have much more control on melting the sugar, which forms the famous crust.

  10. Top each creme brulee with a sprig of mint and sliced toasted almonds if desired.

Glass Bakeware Warning

Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states oven-safe or heat resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.