Amaretti Cookies

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Please welcome guest author Garrett McCord. ~Elise

The first time I had amaretti was in the Piazza San Marco in Venice. I stumbled upon a small cart selling a variety of ornate confections. Yet amongst all the tinsel and colorful sugar my eyes were drawn to a small cellophane bag tied with a small bit of gold ribbon. In it were little pale cookies that looked ordinary but enticing none the less. When opened the bag released a heady perfume that overtook me and those around me. Its sweet almond aroma always takes me back to the Piazza and its surrounding cobbled streets and bridges.

Amaretti are little cookies that are light as a feather, yet have an intense sweet almond flavor. They’re airy, delicate, and oh so simple to make. The recipe takes no more than 4 minutes to put together and they bake quickly. They taste fantastic on their own, but I’ve also been known to grind them up into a powder and add it to flavor pumpkin bread in lieu of cinnamon and spices, or add them to the batter of vanilla cakes or pancakes to give it depth in flavor.

Amaretti Cookies Recipe

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  • Yield: Makes about 30 cookies.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups of almond flour -or- 3 cups of blanched slivered almonds, finely ground up
  • 1 1/4 cup of baker's sugar (superfine sugar)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of almond extract
  • Extra sugar for dusting

Method

1 Preheat oven to 300 F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

2 In a food processor mill together the almond flour and sugar. Add the vanilla and almond extract and pulse for a few seconds. Add the eggs, one at a time, and continue to process until the dough is smooth.

3 Place teaspoons of the dough on the parchment paper and dust with sugar. Bake for 24-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely before serving. They will be slightly chewy at first, but they will be nicely crispy as a day or two goes by. Store in a cool, dry place. (Note: I usually underbake mine since I like them chewy. If that's your preference, bake them for about 20-24 minutes.)

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Garrett McCord

Garrett McCord is a food writer, writing instructor, culinary consultant, freelance food photographer, and recipe developer who shares his enthusiasm for food and the written word through his blog Vanilla Garlic. Garrett's cookbook, co-authored with Stephanie Stiavetti, is Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese

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  • Maureen

    Just made these today… Fabulous!! Marzipan is like my favorite food and these taste like it! I added an extra half teaspoon of almond extract which helped achieve that super-almondy flavor. For the sugar, I used the Domino quick-dissolve kind, for making iced tea and cocktails. It’s superfine and I imagine it’s pretty much the same as “baker’s sugar,” which I could not find. So easy to make and absolutely delicious, thank you so much!!

  • Marguerite

    You are right – these are quick – in 45 mins I was eating one warm from the oven. I did not use the food processor nor the fine sugar. There have been discussions about using apricot kernal flour. I just love the flavour of almonds and apricots. While I was searching for amaretti recipes, I found one that mentioned including apricot preserves so I added 3 tablespoons to the batter. They came out wonderful. Although I like my cookies crisp (well done) I loved the soft and chewy texture. I stored them in a jar that kept them soft for the week. You can find almond flour at Trader Joes.

  • Amanda

    Oh! This is absolutely delicious! As a matter of fact, I’m typing this with one hand, and holding a piping hot cookie in the other. I couldn’t wait to try them! The almond flavor is absolutely amazing! This is a must-try!

  • Anonymous

    I made these cookies last week and they are very good but I have never made cookies in my Cuisinart food processor and it was a total mistake. I followed the recipe but when I added the eggs my Cuisinart started smoking and I thought it was going to start a fire. The dough was so sticky that I think it bogged down the motor. So as I said yes, delicious cookies but at the price of my beloved food processor I don’t think it was worth it.

    I find it hard to believe this dough could ever do that to a food processor. I would check the machine and see if it is malfunctionining. ~Garrett

  • Santa

    I have a recipe that call for the whole egg. Is that right?

    I don’t know. That’s someone else’s recipe. ~Garrett

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