A humble pie if you ever saw one, this unassuming potluck star has an almondy crust and a yogurt-based filling that mimics the acidic tang of a phosphate. Amaretti (Italian almond cookies) are available at large supermarkets. You can substitute graham cracker crumbs.




  • Lightly coat a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray. Set aside.

  • For the crust: In a medium bowl, stir together crushed cookies, ground almonds and sugar. Drizzle the melted butter over mixture; toss until coated with butter. Spread cookie mixture in prepared pie plate; press evenly onto bottom and sides.

  • Bake in a 375°F oven for 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool completely on a wire rack. Set aside.

  • For filling: Drain cherries, reserving syrup. Quarter cherries; set aside. Add enough water to syrup to measure 1 cup liquid.

  • In a medium saucepan, bring the 1 cup liquid to boiling; remove from heat. Add gelatin; stir until gelatin is dissolved. Pour gelatin mixture into a large bowl. Add yogurt by spoonfuls, stirring until combined. Chill 1 hour 30 minutes or until mixture mounds when spooned. Fold cherries into yogurt mixture. Chill again, if necessary, until mixture mounds. Turn into baked shell. Chill 4 to 6 hours or until set.

  • Before serving, garnish chilled pie with whipped cream, fresh dark sweet cherries with stems and sliced almonds. Chill, covered, to store.

Nutrition Facts

372 calories; 20 g total fat; 38 mg cholesterol; 150 mg sodium. 43 g carbohydrates; 9 g protein;