Celebrity Chef: Amaretto Fruit Dip

2 - 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened (do not use whipped or "lite" cream cheeses)
3/4 c. light brown sugar
½ c. Amaretto* **
½ c. sliced almonds
fruit - apples, pears, strawberries are all good

Beat together softened cream cheese and brown sugar with a mixer. Add Amaretto and continue beating until the mixture is soft and creamy.

* Amaretto may also be adjusted to suit taste and Almond Extract is a good substitute with milk added.

** If desired, gradually add small amounts of Amaretto or milk and continue beating until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Spoon into serving bowl and garnish with almond slices.
Serve with sliced apples, pears, or other fruit of choice.

Notes : To prevent browning , dip apple and pear slices in lemon juice or pineapple juice. Or buy the pre-sliced, packaged apple slices that are already treated and will not turn brown! For added decoration I like to sprinkle some of the almond slices on the fruit, too.

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