Amaretto Cheese Apricots

4 oz. cream cheese
2 T. Amaretto liqueur or 1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/3 c. slivered almonds
1/4 c. chopped dried cherries
30 soft whole dried apricots

Bring the cream cheese to room temperature. Toast almonds on a baking sheet in a 325° oven for 6 to 8 minutes. Let the almonds cool then chop. In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese, amaretto, 1/4 cup chopped almonds and the chopped dried cherries. Spoon until a small resealable plastic bag. Cut 1/2 inch off one corner of the bag. With fingers, open the apricots along one side. Pipe about 1 teaspoon cheese mixture into each apricot. Finally chop the remaining apricots. Dip in the cheese edge of the apricots into the remaining chopped almonds. Refrigerate one hour before serving.

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