What can I say? Amaretti Biscuits are just so darn good! Made from egg whites, ground almonds and sugar these biscuits are perfect with your morning coffee or afternoon tea. They are crisp with a bit of chewiness in the middle. I just love them!
Amaro means ‘bitter’ in Italian, so Amaretti means ‘little bitter ones’ because they are traditionally flavoured with bitter almonds. They were first made in the mid-1600’s by Francesco Moriodo, a pastry chef at the court of Savoy.
I made Amaretti Biscuits recently to go on top of my Blueberry Mango Ice Cream Cake. So good!
You could also use these Amaretti Biscuits in trifle or any other layered dessert. For an extra almond flavour, you could add a tablespoon of amaretto.
- 125 grams ground almonds (blanched if whole)
- 125 grams confectioners sugar
- 1 tsp all-purpose flour
- 2 large egg whites
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Grind whole almonds in food processor with a steel blade until fine, or use store-bought ground almonds.
Mix the ground almonds with the sugar, flour and nutmeg.In a bowl and with an electric beater, a really good whisk, or a stand-mixer, beat egg whites until they form soft peaks. This means that the egg whites fold over gently when the beaters are lifted.
Add sugar and continue beating on high until stiff peaks are formed. This means that the egg whites and sugar mixture does not fold over when the beaters are lifted up. The meringue stands up on it own and is stiff and shiny.
Drop about 2 tsps of batter 2 cm apart onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
Bake in oven for about 35-45 minutes until light brown.
Shut the oven off, leave the door propped open and leave the cookies in the oven for an additional 20-30 minutes.
Remove baking tray from oven.
Cool cookies on rack until cold.
Store in a cool, dry place.
Adapted from The Italian Baker by Carol Field.