Dark Chocolate Sorbet with Amaretto and Cherries

Cuisinart original

What’s Valentine’s Day without chocolate? For a surprise that rivals even the most exquisite box of chocolates, look no further than this frozen treat. Deeply chocolaty with notes of toasted almond and studded with candied cherries, it doesn’t get more decadent. It’s the perfect dessert to serve to that special someone, even if that someone is yourself – we won’t tell!


Makes about 1½ quarts


3            cups water
1⅓         cups granulated sugar
1⅓         cups unsweetened cocoa powder
½           teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
⅛           teaspoon fine sea salt
⅓           cup (2 ounces) chopped semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
1            teaspoon vanilla extract
1½         tablespoons amaretto liqueur
⅔           cup (about 34) drained good-quality maraschino cherries, such as Luxardo brand

Nutritional information

Nutritional information per ½ cup serving: Calories 201 (20% from fat) • carb. 39g • pro. 2g • fat 5g • sat. fat 3g • chol. 0mg • sod. 21mg • calc. 18mg • fiber 4g


  1. Combine the water, sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder (if using), salt, and chopped chocolate in a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat. Cook mixture, whisking constantly until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and amaretto. Transfer to a heat-safe bowl. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 3 hours, or overnight.
  2. Turn on the Cuisinart® Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker; pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened, about 20 minutes. About 5 minutes before mixing is completed, add the cherries through the top and allow to mix in completely. The sorbet will have a soft, creamy texture. For best results, transfer the sorbet to an airtight container and place in freezer until firm, at least 2 hours.
  3. Tip: The addition of amaretto keeps the sorbet in a super-smooth, scoopable state, which also means it’s quicker to melt than the rock-solid alternative. We don’t find this to be a problem, but for those who really take time to savor each spoonful, serve in chilled dishes to keep it frosty for longer.