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Amaretti Cookies

    If you’re an almond lover, you’ll wanna make these easy Italian Amaretti Cookies. They are gluten-free and full of yummy almond flavor.

    Lead in image of the Amaretti Cookies piled on a white platter. You can see the three different types of toppings I used on the cookies.

    Amaretti Cookies

    These smiple Almond Cookies are far too adult for for the kids to hoover down. They are quick and easy to make with just 5 ingredients, bit it’s the powdered sugar, Luxardo Maraschino Cherries, and whole almond on top that sets them apart and makes them fance!

    These cookies are definitely great as a snack, but I made them so I could use them in this Chocolate Zuccotto with Buttermilk Ice Cream dessert.

    Collage image showcasing the Chocolate Zuccotto recipe which uses the Amaretti Cookies in it.

    If you’ve got an Italian Grandma, chances are that she’s made these for you at least a dozen times.

    They are relatively easy to make, however, it took me a long time to find a recipe for them. It seems that there are a lot of different ways that people make them. Ultimately I decided to go with the most accurate one. I am in love with the site Eat The Love and I think that Irvin takes beautiful photos and makes wonderful recipes and his addition of apricots to the cookies sounds amazing!

    Amaretti Cookies 2

    I’m sure these would be a welcome addition to your Christmas Cookie platter as well.

    They remind me of Wedding Cookies, but with the flavor of sweet almond extract… Ok, they just look-alike… Whatever. I guess their closer cousins would be a Macaroon (Southern coconut cookie) or even a Macaron (french cookie sandwich).

    The Macaroon is made with whipped egg whites and coconut flakes then baked. They are naturally gluten-free and very easy to make.

    The Macaron is made with stiffly whipped egg whites and almond flour. Again, naturally gluten-free, however, they can be temperamental to make.

    Up close image of the Amaretti Cookies on a white platter. You can see the details in the cookie texture.

    This Amaretti Cookie Recipe is pretty much fuss-free. No egg whipping required. But I will warn you to watch your almonds in your food processor. You could end up with almond butter if you don’t pay attention and process it too long. You don’t want to try to use almond flour in this recipe because you’re looking for a thicker consistency with a little bit of grit to it.

    Yield: 3 dozen

    Amaretti Cookies

    Amaretti Cookies

    If you’re an Almond Lover, you’ll wanna make these easy Italian Almond Cookies. They are naturally Gluten-Free and full of yummy almond flavor. 

    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 25 minutes
    Additional Time 20 minutes
    Total Time 55 minutes


    • 450 grams (3 cups) blanched almonds
    • 200 grams (1 cup) white sugar
    • 65 grams (1/2 cup) powdered sugar
    • 2 teaspoons almond extract
    • 3 egg whites
    • Powdered sugar to coat (Optional)
    • Whole almonds to top (Optional)
    • Maraschino Cherries to top (Optional)


      1. Preheat the oven to 300℉ and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
      2. Place the almonds into a food processor and pulse until coarse. Add the sugars and pulse until fine crumbs form. Add in the extract and then pulse in the egg whites until a thick dough ball forms.
      3. Use a 1 Tablespoon cookie scoop to measure out your cookies. Roll the dough in your palms and place them on a cookie sheet.
      4. Leave them rounded or flatten gently. Top with a maraschino cherry or almond.
      5. Roll in powdered sugar for a sweeter cookie.
      6. For softer, chewier cookies, bake for 25 minutes. For crispier cookies, bake for 30 minutes.
      7. Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack.


      Recipe from Eat The Love

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      Karyn Granrud

      Karyn Granrud

      I'm Karyn, a mom and wife, and I founded this little baking blog. Baking and making desserts have been my passion since I was a kid. I love experimenting with different flavors and sharing delicious recipes with all of you. Read more.

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