Crisp & Chewy Amaretti Cookies

Last modified on October 7th, 2019 at 12:02 pm

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.

Close up of amaretti cookies on a wooden board

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.

Stack of amaretti cookies wrapped in lavender ribbon next to a glass bottle of milk with a straw

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.

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.

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.

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. Scrape the egg whites into the dry ingredients, and gently fold the mixture until it forms a dough.

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.

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

Top, Bake and Cool the Amaretti Cookies

Mystique's hand grabbing an amaretti cookie from a cooling rack with eight 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. 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.

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.

Amaretti Cookies on a wooden cutting board with craft paper bag, leaves, and twine

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Crisp & Chewy Amaretti Cookies

Amaretti cookies styled spilling out of a brown paper bag on a wooden board next to a roll of twine

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
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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

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 | Scrape the egg whites into the dry ingredients 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.

Notes

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

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Amy
    December 14, 2017 at 8:49 am

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

  • Reply
    Kate
    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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