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This Amaretti Cookies Recipe will become a holiday staple because a) they are so quick and easy to make and b) they are so delicious to eat. Make a double recipe of these almond cookies and tuck some into gift bags to give this holiday.

Like you, we have a long list of cookies that will be baked each November and December. Spicy, Chewy Molasses Cookies and Crispy Ginger Cookies, as well as my Grandma’s Chocolate Cookies, are on the ‘must bake’ list and have been for as long as I can remember.

But this year, I am adding a new one. That I can have two dozen of these easy Amaretti Cookies baked, start to finish, in under an hour is a big plus. An added bonus is that you can make up a big batch of dough and freeze it until needed…more on that in a bit.

But on top of that, these little almond cookies are the perfect combination of chewy on the inside and slightly crisp on the outside. That combination is a sure winner in my well-honed cookie analysis.

Overhead shot of Amaretti Cookies in a silver bowl

And then, there is the lovely almond flavor! AND, not for nothing, these Amaretti cookies are gluten-free, making them perfect for those who need to avoid gluten.

Not being a particularly fragile cookie, these Amaretti are also great for gifting and shipping. If you do plan on giving these cookies as gifts, pop over to access a variety of printable iron-on labels for these gift bags.

Bag of Amaretti Cookies with a gift bag that says,'have yourself a Merry Little Christmas'

I mean, how much goodness can one little cookie hold?

Clear glass jar filled with almond cookies

Can these Amaretti Cookies be made ahead?

Yes! While I prefer the crunchy on the outside/chewy on the inside texture of the first 24 hours, these cookies will still be delicious for up to a week. Store them at room temperature, in an air-tight container. If frozen, they will last longer.

Bear in mind that they will become crispier, less chewy as they age.

Again, yes. In fact, this is my preferred way to make the cookies ahead of time as you will have freshly baked cookies when needed. In order to freeze the pre-baked Amaretti Cookies, make the dough and form the balls. Then lay the balls on a cookie sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer until the dough balls are frozen solid. At that point, remove them from the cookie sheet and place them in a plastic bag or container.

When you are ready to bake your almond cookies, remove the desired amount and place them in the refrigerator overnight until softened. At that point, roll them in the sugar mixture and proceed to bake them as instructed in the recipe.

Cookies on a silpat baking mat

Enjoy one of these simple, yet delicious, Amaretti cookies with your next cup of tea or coffee. In Italy, these little almond cookies are also served after dinner, with a sweet dessert wine.

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Amaretti Cookies

Amaretti Cookies

Yield: 42
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

This recipe for easy Amaretti Cookies will become a holiday staple because a) they are so easy to make and b) they are so delicious to eat. Make a double recipe of these almond cookies and tuck some into gift bags to give this holiday.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (288g) almond flour
  • 2/3 cup (134g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (60 g) confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 large egg whites at room temperature
  • A pinch of cream of tartar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1/2 cup confectioner sugar for coating
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar for coating

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°
  2. Line double baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat (stack one baking sheet on top of another baking sheet)
  3. Combine the almond flour, sugars, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk well to remove any lumps in the sugar or almond flour.
  4. Beat the egg whites until soft peak forms blank
  5. Add almond flour mixture and almond extract to egg whites
  6. Use a spatula to combine the ingredients, don't overmix. Just mix until ingredients are incorporated
  7. Mix powdered and granulated sugars for the coating into a separate bowl
  8. Form tablespoon-sized balls or use a tablespoon cookie scoop. If you are forming the cookies with your hands, dusting your hands in the sugar will help to keep the dough from sticking.
  9. Place formed balls in the bowl of the sugars and toss to coat on all sides
  10. Place balls 1" apart on lined cookie sheets
  11. Use a glass to press down on balls, just until cracks start to form on the outside.
  12. Bake for 17 - 18 minutes
  13. Let amaretti cookies cool for 5 minutes before they are removed to a cooling rack.
  14. Store at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Notes

While I prefer the crunchy on the outside/chewy on the inside texture of the first 24 hours, these cookies will still be delicious for up to a week. Store them at room temperature, in an air-tight container. If frozen, they will last longer.

Bear in mind that they will become crispier, less chewy as they age.

My preferred way to make the cookies ahead of time is to freeze the dough as you will have freshly baked cookies when needed. In order to freeze the pre-baked Amaretti Cookies, make the dough and form the balls. Then lay the balls on a cookie sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer until the dough balls are frozen solid. At that point, remove them from the cookie sheet and place them in a plastic bag or container.

When you are ready to bake your almond cookies, remove the desired amount, and place them in the refrigerator overnight until softened. At that point, roll them in the sugar mixture and proceed to bake them as instructed in the recipe.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 42 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 18mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

1 cookie is 1 serving

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If you like your little almond cookies, you might also enjoy the French version…macarons. This is the tried and true recipe (plus 14 tips) for basic French Macarons that never fails me.

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Amaretti cookies in silver footed bowl in front of the Christmas tree

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