Happy Blackberries

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | December 26th, 2009 | Desserts, Recipes

The third day of Christmas treats is neither from my childhood nor a treat for children.  This is a simple, adults only recipe, which really is almost not a recipe at all.  However, it makes blackberries even more appealing than they already are, as I discovered at our Christmas dinner.

Yesterday, my husband and I spent our afternoon and evening at my brother’s house with a fun group of family and friends.  As we always do at family gatherings, everyone brought dishes to share.  We brought an appetizer (a fruit tray) and a dessert (a homemade cheesecake).

I prefer to make plain cheesecakes, so that people can choose whether or not they want to add a topping or extra flavor to their cheesecake slice.  I have served cheesecake with fresh strawberries, caramel sauce, and other such garnishes.  For Christmas I decided to make something more for the adults, as I knew most of the kids in the group wouldn’t want cheesecake regardless.

As I mentioned this really isn’t a recipe; it simply requires combining two ingredients and letting their flavors meld.  However, the mixing mellows the tartness of the blackberries and adds a mild amount of sweetness.  If you have a couple hours and don’t need to serve the fruit topping to children, it’s well worth the time.

To read the Day 2 recipe, click: Stollen.

Happy Blackberries


  1. 1 16-oz. bag frozen blackberries
  2. 1/2- 1 cup almond liqueur*
  1. Place blackberries in a medium sized bowl, and allow to defrost.
  2. Add liqueur, and toss.
  3. Let mixture chill for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  1. *The amount of liqueur will vary, depending on how strong of an almond flavor you prefer.
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