Amaretti Cookies Recipe

Amaretti Cookies are small gluten and dairy-free cookies made with egg whites, almond flour, and sugar. The cookies can range from crispy like biscotti, to an almost chewy texture all while having the most amazing almond flavor and aroma. They’re amazing with a cup of good strong coffee.

Amaretti Cookies are small gluten and dairy-free confections that are made with egg whites, almond flour and sugar. The cookies can range from crispy like biscotti, to almost chewy texture and have the most amazing almond flavor and aroma.

I’ve never had the Amoretti Cookies until we were vacationing in Leavenworth, WA, a Bavarian-inspired village surrounded by Cascade mountains. The resort we stayed in had these gluten-free Cookies for their tea hour. It was love at first bite, so as soon as I came home I quickly got in the kitchen and tried to recreate them.
After a couple of test runs, I was able to get the Amaretti Cookies to the way I liked them. I’m hoping you try them to see just why I was so smitten with these almond bites of heaven!
A bite of the Amaretti Cookie with a sip of good coffee and I’m right back in Posthotel in Leavenworth, even if just for a quick second and only in my own memory. By the way, you can check the “Travel” tab in my Instagram to see just what I’m talking about 😉

Best Almond Flour for Amaretti Cookies

Purchased: Any finely ground almond flour will work best for this cookie recipe. Both Bob’s Red Mill and Kirkland (Costco) brand almond flour work very well, as far as purchased options go.

Homemade: You can also make your own almond flour by processing the almonds, or better yet sliced almonds in the food processor or vitamix blender on the highest speeds. Do not process for too long at a time or you will get almond butter. I have worked with 1/2 a cup at a time with my Vitamix blender and that produced a pretty fine almond flour. After processing it, sift it through a sieve to remove larger pieces of almonds.

If you do not have a Vitamix blender or food processor, this little hand mill grater produces great results, it just might take longer.

Also, almonds with skin on and off are both fine.

Amaretti Cookies are small gluten and dairy-free confections that are made with egg whites, almond flour and sugar. The cookies can range from crispy like biscotti, to almost chewy texture and have the most amazing almond flavor and aroma.

How to store the Amaretti Cookies

Store the cookies at room temperature in a covered container or under a dome, for up to 4-5 days. The less crispy the cookies start out, the longer they’ll retain their freshness.

How to make Low Carb Amaretti Cookies

Substitution for Sugar: Replace the amount of sugar listed in the recipe with about 5 tablespoons of Truvia or another granulated sweetener. The cookies will taste a bit different, but if you have any experience baking with sweeteners, you already knew that 😉

Why you should make these Italian Cookies

The Almond Cookies are quick and easy to make, so I really hope you give them a try and give yourself a chance to fall in love with them just as much as I have!

You’ll especially enjoy the Italian Cookies if you like marzipan (almond paste) candies, bars or macarons, or basically all things almond. The almond extract really elevates the almond flavor by giving you the most amazing Almond aroma in every bite. Not only do they smell amazing as the almond cookies bake, but also as soon as you bring them close enough to your face to smell them.

Amaretti Cookies are small gluten and dairy-free confections that are made with egg whites, almond flour and sugar. The cookies can range from crispy like biscotti, to almost chewy texture and have the most amazing almond flavor and aroma.

The texture of the Amaretti Cookie where the egg whites are added straight out of the shell and mixed with the almond flour. Just a dense, almondy texture full of almond aroma.

Two Ways to Make Amaretti Cookies

The cookies can range from crispy to chewy in texture. Even though both are made exactly with the same ingredients, it is the technique of adding the egg whites and the baking time that is going to determine the texture.

Here’s how the two different textures are achieved:

  • How to make Chewy Amaretti Cookies: 

    Whipping the egg whites before adding them to the almond flour will add chew to this gluten-free cookie. Adding the egg whites as is, will produce a more dense texture without the chew.

  • How to make Crispy Amaretti Cookie: 

    Prolonged baking time will increase the crispiness of the Amaretti cookies and if baked long enough, the cookies will become biscotti-like.

The step by step pictures will show the whipped egg whites method, but in the printed version will have both. You can decide for yourself which one you like better.

Amaretti Cookies Recipe

Ingredients for the Amaretti Cookie

  • Egg whites
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Almond Flour
  • Almond Extract
  • Amaretto Liqueur

 How to make Amaretti Cookies

  • In a grease-free bowl of a stand mixer whip, the egg whites and sugar for about 10 minutes or until the meringue quadrupled in volume and has a lustrous sheen. Then, add the vanilla & almond extract and fold gently. Next, add the almond meal/flour and fold until no chunks of almond flour are seen.

Almond Meringue Cookies are made by whipping the meringue then adding the almond flour and the flavor extracts.

How to form the Almond Cookies

It is up to you if you want to roll the Amaretti Cookies into balls, or just scoop with an ice cream scoop and call it a day. Either way, they will bake and taste the same. 

  • Using a 2 Tbsp ice cream scoop, scoop up the Amaretti Cookie mixture and roll it into a ball. Then, roll it in granulated sugar first and powdered sugar second – the powdered sugar coating is optional but does accentuate the crackles as the cookies bake.

Almond Cookies are formed with an ice cream scoop, then rolled in sugar.

  • Place the coated cookie balls onto parchment lined baking sheet and lightly tap the tops to flatten them. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes if you want the cookies to be soft on the inside, all the way up to 25 minutes if you prefer the cookies biscotti-like texture.
Amaretti Cookies are small gluten and dairy-free confections that are made with egg whites, almond flour and sugar. The cookies can range from crispy like biscotti, to almost chewy texture and have the most amazing almond flavor and aroma.

Cookies on the left have been scooped, then rolled into a ball and dipped into granulated AND the powdered sugar. Cookies on the right were scooped and released right onto baking sheet, without rolling. The ones on the right were only rolled in granulated sugar.

Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. The cookies can be eaten warm or cold.

Amaretti Cookies are small gluten and dairy-free confections that are made with egg whites, almond flour and sugar. The cookies can range from crispy like biscotti, to almost chewy texture and have the most amazing almond flavor and aroma.

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Amaretti Cookies Recipe

Amaretti Cookies are small gluten and dairy-free confections that are made with egg whites, almond flour and sugar. The cookies can range from crispy like biscotti, to almost chewy texture and have the most amazing almond flavor and aroma.
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Amaretti Cookies are small gluten and dairy-free cookies made with egg whites, almond flour, and sugar. The cookies can range from crispy like biscotti, to an almost chewy texture and have the most amazing almond flavor and aroma. They're amazing with a cup of good strong coffee.

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: almond cookies, amaretti cookies, italian cookies
Calories: 147 kcal
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 28

Ingredients

Amaretti Cookie Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • 250 g granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp Amaretto Liqueur *optional*
  • 250 g ground almonds

For Coating the Almond Cookies

Instructions

Prep

  1. Line a 12 in x 16 in baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside. 

    Preheat the oven to 325F with the baking rack in the middle. 

How to make the Chewy Amaretti Cookies

  1. Whip egg whites and granulated sugar in a bowl of a mixer with a whip attachment for about 15 minutes. 

  2. Add the vanilla extract, Almond extract, and Amaretto liqueur and carefully fold it in. Next, add the almond flour and fold it in until completely incorporated.

  3. Using a spoon or a medium ice cream scoop scoop about 2 tbsp of batter and form balls out of the dough. Then roll them in granulated sugar and powdered sugar and set on the prepared baking sheet about 1 inch apart. 

  4. Place in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes if you like the Amaretti cookies soft on the inside, or up to 25 minutes if you prefer the biscotti-like texture. 

How to make Soft Italian Cookies

  1. Add the egg whites to the sugar and whisk until well combined. Add the amaretto, vanilla extract, the almond extract and whisk until smooth. Next, fold in the almond flour. 

  2. Now continue with the instructions from step 3 from the section above.

Recipe Notes

  • For the PostHotel version whip the egg whites separately (without the sugar). Then add the amaretto liqueur, vanilla, almond extracts, almond flour and the sugar and carefully mix. 
  • Follow the rolling and baking instructions in the recipe. 
Nutrition Facts
Amaretti Cookies Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Potassium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 11g
Protein 4g 8%
Calcium 3.8%
Iron 3.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • 2pots2cook

    So good to be back to see these lovely babies ! Thank you !

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