Cherry Almond Amaretto Dessert Rolls

Amaretto Cream Cheese Frosting

3 tablespoons Amaretto Liquore

2 tablespoons water

3 tablespoons butter

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 teaspoon cherry extract

1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks

4 oz cream cheese, (half block) softened

Almond Dessert Rolls Dough

6 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup sugar, + 2 tablespoons, divided

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup water

1 .75 oz fast rise yeast packet

3 cups Flour, + 1/2 cup as needed

2 eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons almond extract

For Rolls Center

18oz jar of Cherry Preserve

3/4 cup dark chocolate chunks

1/2 cup sliced almonds, + additional for garnish (optional)

Start making frosting by combining Amaretto, butter, water, sugar, and extracts in a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat. Stir until butter is melted, and mixture comes to a bubble. Let bubble for about a minute.

Add dark chocolate chips and stir until chocolate has completely melted and sauce is smooth. Set aside, and let cool to room temperature, for about an hour while you make dough.

Start on dough by combining butter, 2 tbsp. sugar, milk and water in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave for 30 second intervals until butter is almost melted completely. Stir mixture to help butter to finish melting and set aside to allow mixture to cool for about 5 minutes.

After mixture has cooled slightly, add yeast and stir to incorporate into butter mixture. Set aside.

In mixer, add 3 cups flour and remaining 1/4 cup sugar.

Stir yeast mixture and add to flour mixture. Add beaten eggs and extracts. Mix on low speed until dough starts to come together. Slowly add remaining 1/2 cup flour as needed if dough seem too sticky. Just until dough starts to ball up.

Lightly flour flat surface and roll dough onto flour. Lightly flour top of dough and hands. Knead dough for a couple minutes until dough feels evenly textured throughout.

Place dough in a buttered or greased bowl and roll dough to coat surface. Cover loosely with plastic wrap  and place in a warm place to rise for about an hour and a half or until dough has doubled in size.

While dough is rising place cream cheese in mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Add cooled chocolate frosting mixture and beat until mixture is completely incorporated and smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator until rolls are finished.

After dough has risen, roll out on a floured surface. Roll dough about 12 inches wide by 18 inches long. Evenly spread cherry preserve onto dough surface. Sprinkle dark chocolate chunks evenly over cherry preserve layer. Finish rolls center by sprinkling sliced almonds evenly over cherry and chocolate chunk layer.

Roll dough over cherry layer longways until dough has completely enclosed cherry center. Using unflavored dental floss, cut dough about every 2 1/2 inches to create 7 rolls. Discard ends.

Place in a 9 inch round cake pan and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Set in a warm place to rise again for about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and cook rolls for 30 to 35 minutes. Set pan on cooling rack until rolls have cooled slightly and frost with Amaretto Cream Cheese Frosting. Garnish as desired and serve.

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