Amaretti Cookie Recipe

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This amaretti cookie recipe is a great place to start if you're looking to make real authentic Italian amaretti cookies.

I would like to do more than give you just a list of ingredients, tell you to bind them and pop them in the oven and bob's your uncle you'll have perfect amaretti cookies.

Before you rush off because you want to see the amaretti recipe, this page and the and page that gives ingredients and method do actually work together.

Best Italian Recipe For A Soft Amaretto Cookie

a tray of amaretti cookies

There are two important things to note about this recipe if you're looking to bake not only tasty amaretto cookie but also ones that are a  sight for sore eyes…  basically perfect.!

Types of Almonds

On the market there are basically four types of almonds that you will no doubt be able to pick up easily.

  • Whole almond
  • Whole blanched almond
  • Ground almond
  • Ground peeled almond
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Almonds on

raw almonds with the skins on


In the original Amaretti cookie recipe (and it is the best way to make them!) the best almond to use are freshly blanched.

If you are not sure of how to blanch almonds, here is step by step guide.


blanched whole almonds

Whole Blanched

Using whole blanched almonds can be a lot easier and quicker and the difference in results are minimal.

Especially if you boil a pan of water and when the water is boiling place the already blanched almonds in to it for about 5 minutes and then dry them off just like you would the ones you blanch yourself.

Natural Ground Almonds
and Almond Flour

ground almonds with skins


Here the almond has been ground without taking off the thin browns skins.

This will result in a slightly different taste, the cookie tends to be drier even when freshly baked even the aspect will differ as they will be full of tiny brown specks.

So ground almond flour is the least indicated almonds to use. They can be used just don't expect super prefect amaretti cookies.

Amount Of Egg White

As you will see in the amaretti cookie recipe I do give you a rough measurement of the amount of egg whites to use.

This should be used as a guide line.

As it is practically a million dollar question! To say precisely how much egg white is needed for a certain amount of almonds,

I have been making this recipe every week for nearly 20 years. Every time I have a new batch of almonds the amount of egg whites needed for the Amaretti recipe slightly differs.

Authentic Italian Amaretti
Cookie Recipe Mixture

amaretti cookie mixture raw

What makes the difference is how dry the almonds are.

Please don't be put off by this; I will do my best to help you succeed in making a perfect Amaretti cookie.

When you are ready to mix all the ingredients do not pour in all the egg whites at once and leave some egg white over, in case you need to do some corrections.

Once you have bound all the ingredients...

The next question is;

Do I need to add more egg whites?

There is really only one way to find out; and that is to do what I still do today and that is to try baking one first (In all honestly I will try out a tray but them my mixtures are slightly more!)

After about 10 minutes you will be able to see how the amaretto is doing.

1 of 3 things can happen

Amaretti Cookie After 10 Minutes baking in the Oven

three different half baked amaretti cookies

1. The amaretto cookie doesn't seem to be rising, it is not cracking on the surface looks like a tight ball.

This means the mixture is too hard.

All you need to do is add some more egg white.

I personally would try another one before going ahead.

2. They will start to flatten and spread out.

This means the mixture has too much egg white.

To correct this all you need to do is add a little more ground almonds and sugar.

Use your own judgement here.

Just remember; for every 10g of almonds add 8 g of sugar.

My advice here is to try out another amaretto before using up all the mixture.

3. They are perfect!

If you start making these amaretto cookies on a regular basis you will get use to how the mixture should feel, it's like everything in life practice does make perfect.

N.B. This cookie recipe does not take well to the amaretti sitting on a baking tray waiting to be put in the oven.

They should be rolled out, placed on the baking tray and placed straight in the oven.

What happens if you do prepare them in advance?

If you leave the raw amaretti cookies on a tray , the egg white will start to seep away, although you may not see it while they are raw once they are cooked you will find that the amaretti cookies will have crusty ring around the base that tends to flake off.

It not only makes the almond cookies ugly to see they will be drier.

If you were wondering what happened to the amaretti in the photo After 10 Minutes in the Oven, I left them to finish off baking...

This is how they turned out!

showing the difference between three types of amaretti cookies

You'll find the actual method for making this Italian amaretti cookie recipe here.

If you have a soft spot for Italian almond cookies you may well want to take a look at these pages too…

Italian Almond Paste Recipe -  Simple Tasty Authentic and Versatile , find out how to make your own almond paste and use it for covering Christmas cakes and other cookie recipes that require it, alternatively why not try making some…

Traditional Sardinia Almond cookies, if you can find fire water all the better!

These almonds balls are a great favorite at Christmas time easy to make and simply delicious.

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