Amaretti Cookies

5 Oct

Last week at the Vic Market I bought 500g of almond meal to make almond croissants, but then I re-thought the calorie bomb that would have been croissants and almonds. So the almond meal just sat in my kitchen, but it was so expensive that I wanted to use it up before it went bad. I decided on this almond cookie recipe from Taste – partially because it used up all the almond meal and partially because I was curious what a gluten free cookie would taste like.

Surprisingly nice, as it turns out. Very much like marzipan, and I could see them going really well with coffee (which would cut the sweetness a bit) for an after-dinner snack.

The texture is different – they look crumbly from the photo, but they’re actually very chewy, kind of like cross between a regular cookie and those toffee chocolates – though apparently they go crunchy if you cook them a few minutes longer. The most tedious part was rolling the little balls, which were very sticky. I don’t think I’d make them again though, because the almond meal was so expensive and while the cookies are very moresome (and less guilt-inducing because the macro breakdown is not terrible for a sweet biscuit) they suffer in comparison to regular cookies.

I omitted the glace cherries as a topping since a lot of the reviews said they stained the dough. The recipe makes 60 cookies.

Ingredients

  • 500g almond meal
  • 1 3/4 cups (400g) caster sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 60 whole blanched almonds

Method

  1. Prehead oven to 160C. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Place almond meal, sugar, egg whites and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Beat with a wooden spoon until well combined.
  3. Roll 2 teaspoonfuls of the mixture into balls to make 60 cookies. Place on the trays. Press a blanched almond into the top half of the biscuits.
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until light golden. Set aside to cool slightly on the trays before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Very Rough Nutritional Guide:
1 cookie: 84.3 calories, 56% fat, 10% protein, 34% carbs

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2 Responses to “Amaretti Cookies”

  1. James October 5, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    I thought they taste very nice 🙂

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