Amaretti Cookies

Homemade Italian amaretti cookies! Small, crunchy, chewy-inside, macaroon-like cookies made with almond flour, egg whites, and sugar.

Homemade Amaretti Cookies
Elise Bauer

The first time I had amaretti cookies was in the Piazza San Marco in Venice. I stumbled upon a small cart selling a variety of ornate confections.

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 nonetheless.

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!

This amaretti cookie 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

Prep Time 4 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 34 mins
Servings 30 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour -or- 3 cups blanched slivered almonds, finely ground up

  • 1 1/4 cups baker's sugar (superfine sugar)

  • 3 egg whites

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

  • Extra sugar for dusting

Method

  1. Prepare oven and baking sheet:

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

  2. Make the dough:

    In a food processor pulse 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. Dollop dough onto lined baking pan, dust with sugar:

    Place teaspoons of the dough on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet and dust with sugar.

  4. Bake:

    Bake at 300°F 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 under-bake mine since I like them chewy. If that's your preference, bake them for about 20-24 minutes.)

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
89 Calories
5g Fat
11g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 30
Amount per serving
Calories 89
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 74mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.