12 Best Almond Extract Substitutes You Need to Know

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Have you ever run out of almond extract and need to make a recipe that calls for it? Don’t worry, there are plenty of substitutes that you can use.

In this post, we’ll list some of the most common almond extract substitutes and tell you how to use them. Keep this information in mind the next time you’re in a bind and need to make a substitution!

What Is Almond Extract?

What is an almond extract? Almond extract can be used in baked goods recipes as a flavoring.

It is made from bitter almond oil, water and alcohol. Almond extract comes in concentrated form, so very small quantities (e.g. drops) are often all that is needed for recipes.

How To Use Almond Extract?

Why is an almond extract used? Almond extract is used to add subtle flavourings to cakes, cookies, muffins, cheesecakes, and other desserts. Most recipes only require a few drops of almond extract to impart a subtle, nutty, earthy taste.

You might be concerned about how much almond extract you should use in a recipe that calls for just 1 or 2 drops of almond extract.

The ratios for each substitute for almond extract are discussed in the list below.

12 Best Almond Extract Substitutes

The best almond extract substitutes are- Amaretto, Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, Orange Zest, Maraschino Cherry Juice, Almond Liqueur, Mint Extract and Chocolate, Lemon Extract, Imitation Almond Extract, Vanilla Bean, Walnut Extract, Homemade Almond Extract. They are discussed in detail here-

1. Almond-Flavored Amaretto

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You’re in the middle of baking a cake when you realize you’re out of the almond extract. What are you going to do? Don’t worry, amaretto is here to save the day!

Both are very similar, the only difference is almond extract is obtained by soaking whole almonds in an alcohol solution. Amaretto or almond flavored liquor is made with synthetic ingredients. Your cake will still have that lovely almond flavour, but with a little bit of an extra kick.

Use Amaretto to substitute almond extract. You’ll need to use approximately 4x the volume because the flavor is more subtle.

And if you’re feeling really adventurous, try using amaretto in other desserts that call for almond extract. You might be surprised at how delicious it is in cookies, brownies, and even ice cream!

Ratio: Just substitute amaretto for almond extract in a 4:1 ratio

2. Vanilla Extract

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Most people think of vanilla extract as an essential ingredient in baking, but did you know that it can also be used as a substitute for almond extract?

These two extracts have a similar flavor profile, making vanilla a good stand-in for almond extract in recipes but almond extract tastes much stronger than vanilla extract. In order to replace it, you need to use twice as much almond extract as the recipe calls for.

Vanilla extract is also a versatile ingredient that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. For example, you could use it to enhance the flavor of roasted chicken or fish. Vanilla extract can also be used to make homemade salad dressings and sauces.

So next time you’re out of almond extract, don’t panic! Just reach for the vanilla extract and your recipe will turn out just as delicious.

Ratio: Substitute vanilla extract for almond extract in a 2:1 ratio

3. Cinnamon

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After doing some research, I discovered that cinnamon makes an excellent almond extract substitute. It has a similar flavor profile, the same earthy and nutty tones, it can be found in most pantries at a fraction of the cost.

We advise using a very small amount, such as 1/4 teaspoon when substituting cinnamon for almond extract. In addition, cinnamon also has some health benefits. It is full of antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Ratio: Use a small amount such as 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.

4. Orange Zest

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If you’re out of almond extract and need it for a recipe, orange zest is a great alternative. Simply grate the zest from an orange and add it to your recipe in place of the almond extract.

We advise using a small amount, such as 1/2 teaspoon of orange zest because it has a sourer undertone than almond extract does. If more is needed, you can always add it.

So next time you’re in a pinch, don’t hesitate to reach for the oranges!

Ratio: ½ teaspoon = 3 drops almond extract

5. Maraschino Cherry Juice

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Try maraschino cherry juice! This unlikely ingredient can be used in place of almond extract in many recipes, and it adds a unique flavor that is perfect for refreshing summertime treats.

Maraschino cherry juice is weaker in flavor than almond extract, so simply add a few more drops of cherry juice to your recipe in place of the almond extract, and enjoy the delicious results.

Whether you are baking a cake or whipping up a batch of cookies, maraschino cherry juice is a great way to add a little something extra to your favorite recipes.

So reach for the cherry juice instead of the almond extract, and enjoy the delicious flavor of maraschino cherries in your baking.

Ratio: Substitute maraschino cherry juice for almond extract in a 4:1 ratio

6. Almond Liqueur

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Almond liqueur is made by infusing almonds in alcohol, and it can be found in most liquor stores. It is important to note that almond liqueur is quite potent, so you will only need to use a small amount in order to get the desired flavor.

In addition, almond liqueur can also be used as a delicious way to add some extra flavor to your favorite cocktails. So next time you’re looking for an almond extract substitute, reach for the bottle of almond liqueur instead. You (and your taste buds) will be glad you did.

7. Mint Extract & Chocolate Extract

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You can try using mint extract instead of almond extract in your next batch of cookies. The cool, refreshing taste of mint will complement the chocolate perfectly, and your friends and family will be impressed with your baking skills.

Finding a good mint extract can sometimes be expensive, but once you do, you can replace three drops of almond extract with two teaspoons of mint extract combined with two teaspoons of chocolate extract.

Ratio: 2 tsp chocolate extract + 2 tsp mint extract = 3 drops of almond extract

8. Lemon Extract

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If you have a lemon, you’re in luck! Lemon extract can be used as a substitute for almond extract, and it can actually enhance the flavor of your baked goods. To make your own homemade lemon extract mix 6 parts lemon juice and 1 part filtered tap water.

Just add a few drops of lemon extract to your batter or dough, and you’ll be surprised at the delicious results. We don’t Suggest using lemon in place of almond extract in meals that have strong chocolate or mint taste if those flavours are the focus.

Ratio: You can substitute lemon extract for almond extract in a 1:1 ratio.

9. Imitation Almond Extract

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This is a simple substitution that will do the trick. Just use imitation almond extract! It’s made with artificial flavors instead of real ingredients such as pure almond extract, so it doesn’t have the same complex flavor profile as real almond extract. But it will still add a nice almond flavor to your baked goods.

And if you’re worried about what your grandmother will think, just tell her it’s a new and improved recipe! She’ll never know the difference.

Ratio: You can substitute imitation almond extract for pure almond extract in a 1:1 ratio.

10. Pecan Extract

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Pecan extract is a great alternative to almonds that are nutty and sweet. Pecan extract is widely known for having a sweet, rich vanilla flavour mixed with nutty notes of pecan and butter.

It can be used as a replacement like you would vanilla extract. It can be used as an alternative to Almond Extract alternative in the same ratio. Imagine how delicious this could make in holiday baking recipes!

Ratio: 1:1

11. Walnut Extract

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You can probably find a suitable substitute right in your pantry. Walnut extract makes an excellent stand-in for almond extract in both sweet and savory dishes.

Walnut extract is made by soaking whole toasted walnuts in alcohol for a few weeks, much like almond extract.

It has a similar flavor profile, with a slightly nutty taste that enhances the flavor of baked goods without overpowering them and also includes historical medicinal uses. Also, it’s easy to find and relatively inexpensive.

Ratio: Use Walnut extract to substitute almond extract in a 1:1 ratio.

12. Hazelnut Extract

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Another excellent nut extract, hazelnut! Hazelnut offers a fantastic warmth and nutty taste with a subtle bit of hazelnut flavour that is perfect for baking items, particularly seasonal ones. The warm, sweet and nutty taste of Hazelnut can be enjoyed with drinks as well.

Because it has the same light nutty and earthy undertones as almond extract, hazelnut extract functions well as a stand-in.

It can be substituted with the same method of pecan extract while keeping the ratio one-to-one.

Ratio: Use Walnut extract to substitute in a 1:1 ratio.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What can I substitute for almond extract in cookies?

There are a few different things you can use in place of almond extract in cookies. For example, you could use vanilla extract, or a combination of vanilla and almond extracts.

You could also try using something like maple syrup or honey to add flavor to your cookies. Whatever you choose, just make sure it’s something that will pair well with the other ingredients in your recipe. Good luck!

What can I substitute for almond extract in cherry pie?

One thing you could potentially use is pure vanilla extract. Start with much less than you would almond extract, maybe 1/4 teaspoon to start. Work your way up until the flavor is right for your tastes.
Best of luck!

What can I substitute for almond extract in baking?

When baking, you can use extract of any flavor that pairs well with chocolate. For example, you could try vanilla extract, hazelnut extract, or raspberry extract.

Does almond extract have alcohol?

Yes, almond extract contains alcohol. However, the concentration is very low and it is generally safe to consume.

What does almond extract taste like?

Almond extract has a lovely and intense flavor, but it’s not too sweet. It tastes like a very concentrated version of almond essence. Some people say it tastes like marzipan, but to me it tastes more like bitter almonds. I love almond extract in baking because it gives such a lovely flavor to cakes and cookies.

Does almond extract have sugar?

It depends on the brand. Some brands of almond extract do contain sugar, while others do not.

Thank you for reading our blog post on almond extract substitutes. We hope that you found this information helpful and will be able to use it in your own cooking. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to let us know. Thanks again!

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  • Scarlett Williamson

    Vanilla extract works just fine for me. 🍦

  • Libby Potter

    Maraschino cherry juice? That’s innovative! 🍒

  • Jade Griffin

    I’ve tried using almond paste before, but it doesn’t quite capture the same aroma as almond extract.

  • Matilda Morrison

    Who knew there were so many substitutes for almond extract? From vanilla extract to almond-flavored liqueur and even maraschino cherry juice, the options are surprisingly varied. It’s interesting to see how these alternatives can influence the flavor profile of a dish. I guess it all comes down to personal preference and what you have on hand in your pantry.

  • Natasha Freeman

    Almond extract is irreplaceable! 😤

  • Megan Little

    Almond-flavored liqueur sounds like it could add an interesting twist to some recipes.

  • Harriet Hale

    I’ve always just used more almond extract if I ran out. Guess I should try some of these substitutes.

  • Samantha Lewis

    This article missed a key substitute: hazelnut extract! It has a similar nutty flavor and can easily replace almond extract in most recipes.

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