Wednesday, August 16, 2006


amaretti close

I’m keeping it short and sweet today. A big thank you to Ivonne for sharing her mother’s amaretti recipe and to Sam for posting a photo which had my almond-loving friend craving them so much that she immediately asked me if I could make amaretti. I was more than happy to oblige. I had the dough ready for the oven in 10 minutes (which is how long it took to preheat the oven). Super easy and super delicious!

amaretti 1

(makes 16 cookies)

6 ounces almond meal
scant ½ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 large egg
½ tsp almond extract
additional sugar for rolling (optional)

Adjust one oven rack to the lowest position and one oven rack to the middle position. Preheat oven to 350F.

Mix almond meal, sugar and cocoa in a mixing bowl. Mix in egg and almond extract.

Form 1-inch balls of dough. Roll in sugar (if using). Place onto a parchment lined baking sheet. The amaretti do not spread during baking so you can fit as many as you like onto your baking sheet.

Bake on lowest rack for 10 minutes. Move amaretti to middle rack and bake for 7 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet. Transfer amaretti to cooling rack.


Jen said...

After seeing Sam post this recipe it is also on my list of things to make.
Yours look so wondeful. I love the sparkly texture that the sugar adds.

Anonymous said...

Are you for real - they were that fast! They look fabulous. I've never tried them. Amaretti could be fun.

Orchidea said...

Amaretti... nice. I have never made them... in Italy you can buy the hard ones and the soft ones. I like more the soft ones.

Helene said...

Amaretti are one of my favorites. Your recipe looks really good. I have to say my heart oscillate between the Nutella ones and these. I'll start with the amaretti I believe. I like them a little soft too.

Sam said...

for people who prefer softer - this version is just perfect! Lools like Ivonne started a craze!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous amaretti, Mary! I'm so glad you tried them and enjoyed them. I just love what Sam did with them. In fact I already told my mom that we have to try them with the pearl sugar.

And you know what ... sometimes short and sweet is best!


Dianka said...

Oh wow, looks delicious! Wish I could have one!

Alpineberry Mary said...

Jenjen - I didn't have pearl sugar so I just used regular granulated. But I already have some pearl sugar on order for my next batch.

Tanna - I was suprised that they were so easy. It really did only take me 10 minutes but it was a very small batch (only 16 cookies).

Orchidea & Helene - I like both the hard and soft amaretti. But if I had to pick just one, it would be soft (like these).

Sam - When my friend asked me if I could make amaretti, I asked her which kind she wanted. She said "Like the ones on Becks&Posh". Turns out she's an avid reader of food blogs!

Ivonne - Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. I'm saving it with my "forever recipes".

Dianka - Thanks!

Rachel said...

Oh fun! And fast!

Anonymous said...

Very yummy looking - now I'm tempted to make them too!

Bonnie Loves Cats =^..^= said...

Heather will be hosting WCB #62 at if you have a kitty photo to share.

Anonymous said...

They looks so scrumptious, definitely a must try - great recipe & photo!

Joycelyn said...

hi mary, what a gorgeous batch of amaretti! then again, i'm biased - amaretti and anything remotely macaroon-ish are my favourite cookie to obsess about ;)

Alpineberry Mary said...

Rachel -Definitely fun to make, but more fun to eat!

Anita - Lucky you. You got to enjoy the fruit of Sam's labor.

Foodfreak - Thank you very much. You have a nice looking blog too.

J - I love all almond confections too. For those emergency almond cravings, I've been saving a marzipan candy bar from Germany since Christmas.

Bonnie - Thanks. Too bad my cat hasn't done anything photo worthy lately.