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5 from 2 votes

Amaretti cookies

These homemade amaretti cookies are a simple take on these classic Italian biscuites. They are sweet, chewey, naturally gluten free and very morish!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Almond, almond flour, almond meal, Amaretti, Amaretti biscuites, Amaretti di Saronno, Amaretto dessert, Classic cookies, Gluten free, Gluten free dessert, Italian biscuits, Italian dessert, Italian meringues, Naturally gluten free
Servings: 36 individual cookies


  • 2 baking trays


  • 1 and ⅓ cups (295gms) white sugar or castor sugar
  • 4 cups (400gms) almond meal
  • 4 large egg whites from large eggs (2oz/55gms each with shells before seperating)
  • 1 teaspoon almond essence
  • ½ cup (60 gms) icing sugar *also called powdered sugar or confectioners sugar.


  • Pre heat oven to 340°F (170°C).
  • Seperate eggs and put yokes aside for another recipe, such as one of my delicious ice creams.
  • Line two trays with baking paper.
  • Sift icing sugar into a medium sized bowl.
  • Add sugar, almond meal, egg whites and almond essence to a large bowl.
  • Mix well untill it resembles coarse wet bread crumbs.
  • Scoop out a tablespoon of mix and roll into a bowl in your hand. If the mix is a little crumbly press together firmly in your hands, then carefully continue to roll into the ball.
  • Put rolled cookie into icing sugar and roll around untill coated.
  • Gently shake off excess icing sugar then place onto lined tray and press down gently with one finger.
  • Continue to roll cookies, dip into icing sugar and put onto trays untill all cookies are done.
  • You can roll and dip a few cookies at a time into the icing sugar to save time.
  • Bake cookies for 20 minuits or untill golden brown between the icing sugar.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool, then transfer to wire cooling racks to cool completely.
  • Fabulious on their own or with a cup of coffee. Delicious!


For baking recipes the most accurate way to measure the ingredients is to use a pair of digital kitchen scales.  They are inexpensive and will give you better results when baking, as cup measures can vary widely.  
If you are unable to use scales I reccomend you use the 'spoon and level' method.  Spoon the ingredents into the cup and use a flat surface like a spatular or butter knife to level the top.