Crisp & Chewy Amaretti Cookies

Last modified on December 24th, 2019 at 2:33 am

Crisp on the outside and chewy on the outside, these Amaretti Cookies are the perfect cookie to serve for brunch or special occasions, or as a thinking of you, just because or token gift. Naturally Gluten-free and Dairy-free, these cookies pack a punch of sweet almond flavour made prominent with a shot of amaretto liqueur.

Hand grabbing an amaretti cookie from wire rack

For Philip and I, time spent cooking in the kitchen has always been a way for us to pause and connect throughout our relationship. There’s something soothing about the scents and sounds that echo from your kitchen; a knife hitting a cutting board, deglazing a pan, or wooden spoons circling a pot. And while we’ve found comfort in cooking, the art of baking is a science we’re thrilled to enter into especially when it involves Crisp & Chewy Amaretti Cookies Recipe.

Five amaretti cookies stacked on a pink plate

While eating baked goods is always a benefit, the act of baking has its own positives. When activities require your full attention a meditative and calming effect is evoked; whisking, folding, and beating helps to regain focus and carve out space in the mind. Baking is also creative; it stimulates the mind with beautiful ingredients allowing for expression whether dusting a loaf of bread, decorating cookies, or glazing a cake. But the difference between cooking and baking is the affection that is attached to baked goods. When we bake there’s a coming from the heart moment, a contagious, heartfelt intention of wanting to share what we’ve made those we love.

Interacial couple baking together

What we adore about these Amaretti Cookies is the simplicity of ingredients (naturally Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free), the easy to follow method and of course the shot of Amaretto liqueur adding to its rich almond and vanilla flavour. Crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside, these Amaretti Cookies are truly heartfelt and are the perfect cookie to serve year-round at brunch, tea parties, or special occasions and make for the ultimate thinking of you, just because or token gift.

Here’s How to Make Our Crisp & Chewy Amaretti Cookies

Ingredients to Make Amaretti Cookies

Almond flour, granulated sugar, sea salt, egg whites, amaretto liqueur, icing sugar, sliced almonds.

Ingredients for making amaretti cookies

How to Make Amaretti Cookie Dough

Combine 2 3/4 cups (250g ) almond flour, 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar, and 1/4 tsp (1 ml) sea salt in a bowl and set aside.

Hands pouring amaretto into a bowl with almond flour, eggs, sugar, and spoon around the bowl

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat 3 egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form. Pour in 1/4 cup (60 ml) amaretto and continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Add the dry ingredients to the egg whites and gently fold the mixture until it forms a dough.

Hands holding a bowl, pouring almond flour into a bowl of egg whites

Roll the Cookies in Sugar

Spread 1/3 cup (70 g) of granulated sugar on one plate, and 1/3 cup (40 g) of icing sugar on another plate. Roll the dough into golf-ball-sized balls and roll in the granulated sugar until thinly coated. Next, roll the dough balls in the icing sugar until thickly coated.

Hands rolling amaretti cookies in icing sugar

Place the sugar covered dough balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Top, Bake and Cool the Amaretti Cookies

Place 2 to 3 almond slices on top of each cookie. Gently press the cookies down with the bottom of a small glass so they are about half an inch thick.

Baking tray with amaretti cookies before baking next to two bowls of sugar, egg shells and cookie batter

Bake in a 325° F oven for 13 to 15 minutes, until very lightly golden on the edges. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Amaretti Cookies cooling on a wire rack

Make Your Amaretti Cookies Beautiful

These are our favourite cookies to gift to friends during the holidays or special occasions. Pack 3 to 5 cookies in a small craft paper bag and neatly fold the top. Punch a hole in the centre and tie with a piece of twine with a piece of holly or eucalyptus and a notecard.

Bottle of milk next to a stack of amaretti cookies with purple ribbon around them

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Crisp & Chewy Amaretti Cookies

Pink plate with five amaretti cookies on it

Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside these, Amaretti Cookies pack a punch of sweet almond flavour with a good dose of amaretto liqueur. Naturally Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free, these make great treat for brunch or special occasions where you need to accommodate allergies.

  • Author: Chef Sous Chef
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 30 cookies 1x
  • Category: Food + Drink, Snack, dessert
  • Method: oven baked
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 2 3/4 cups (250 g) almond flour
  • 1 cup (200 g) + 1/3 cup (70 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp (1 ml) sea salt
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) amaretto liqueur
  • 1/3 cup (40 g) icing sugar (for rolling)
  • 1/4 cup (25) sliced almonds


No. 1 | Preheat your oven to 325° F.

No. 2 | In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour, 1 cup granulated sugar and sea salt.

No. 3 | In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. Pour in the amaretto and continue to beat until combined.

No. 4 | Add the dry ingredients to the egg whites and gently fold the mixture until it forms a dough.

No. 5 | Spread the 1/3 cup of granulated sugar and icing sugar on separate plates. Form the dough into 1 inch balls and roll in the granulated sugar until coated, and then roll in the icing sugar. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Using the bottom of a glass slightly flatten the cookies. Sprinkle a few almond slivers on each cookie and press them into the cookies.

No. 6 | Bake for 13 to 15  minutes until the edges are just starting to brown. Allow to cool for 10 minutes on the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


If you don’t want to use alcohol, you can swap out the amaretto for 1 tbsp almond extract.

Keywords: Christmas Cookies, Gluten-Free Cookies, Amaretti Cookies,

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Amaretti Cookies on a Pink Plate with Text Overlay


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  • Reply
    December 14, 2017 at 8:49 am

    These cookies are absolutely amazing. Crisp and chewy just as advertised!

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    December 16, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Make these for your office cookie exchange and steal the show. The perfect PERFECT cookie.

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    December 26, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Perfect cookie for the holidays! And your photography is stunning!!

  • Reply
    December 27, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    These cookies sound delicious and would make a perfect hostess gift for a New Years Eve Party we are attending. Pinning to make. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Chef Sous Chef
      January 2, 2020 at 9:17 am

      Thanks Colleen. Perfect for New Years. Enjoy!

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    Loreto and Nicoletta Nardelli
    December 27, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Amaretti are the perfect edible gift. Everybody loves them, plus they are suitable also for gluten intolerant people and they taste amazing. Lovely shots!

    • Reply
      Chef Sous Chef
      January 2, 2020 at 9:16 am

      One of our favourites and especially great since they cover a couple common allergies

  • Reply
    December 29, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    Fantastic holiday cookies and I love that they’re gluten-free and dairy-free!

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    December 30, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    These are absolutely gorgeous and I love that they’re dairy and gluten free. Pinning to make next holiday season — thank you for the lovely recipe!

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    November 23, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    They look amazing! Can I make ahead and freeze them?

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      Philip + Mystique
      November 26, 2020 at 10:25 am

      Thanks Toni. We personally haven’t tried freezing them, but I don’t forsee it being an issue.

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    January 8, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    I’ve had other people make these before and they were always so delicious! I finally tried making them. Any tips on rolling them? My dough turned out really sticky.

    • Reply
      Philip + Mystique
      January 21, 2021 at 10:35 am

      Hi ML,

      The dough is definitely quite sticky. For us, we use a cookie scoop to place the dough balls in the sugar and very lightly handle them. You can also dust our hands in icing sugar before rolling so the dough doesn’t stick to your hands as much. Hope this helps, happy baking!

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    Becky Moosbrugger
    March 15, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    The baking time seemed way off (13-15 min), didn’t brown until after 22 minutes, did any others find the same?
    Were you using Convection Bake?

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      Philip + Mystique
      March 15, 2021 at 5:29 pm

      Hi Becky,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. The cookies should only very slightly brown, and only on the edges. They will be very soft and delicate, and may look undercooked, but, if they bake beyond that, then they will become very hard once cooled.

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