Chewy Amaretti Cookies

Chewy Amaretti Cookies

Here’s another Italian-American bakery classic to add to your holiday cookie tray! Naturally gluten-free, almond paste is simply combined with sugar, egg white and a splash of extract to create these chewy-crunchy amaretti cookies. For a touch of festive color, feel free to garnish the cookies with a candied cherry in place of chopped almonds.

Chewy Amaretti Cookies (Before Baking)

Chewy Amaretti Cookies

(adapted from Sweet Maria’s Italian Cookie Tray)

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Baking Time: 20 – 25 minutes

Makes: 2 dozen

This recipe is very easy to scale up, and the cooled cookies — wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and placed in a freezer bag — freeze very well. Simply defrost for several hours at room temperature before serving.

Ingredients

  • 8-ounce can Solo Almond Paste (or other gluten-free almond paste)¹
  • 96 grams (12 cup) granulated white sugar
  • 60 grams (12 cup) powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg white (reserve yolk for another use)
  • 12 teaspoon almond extract
  • About 12 cup (57 grams) chopped, blanched almonds² (optional)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large, rimmed sheet pan with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper; set aside. Crumble almond paste into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add sugars (white and powdered), and mix with the paddle attachment on medium speed until mixture resembles peas. Scrape down bowl, add egg white and extract; mix on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping down bowl as needed.

Scoop level tablespoons of dough — a portion scoop is very helpful here! — press rounded side into chopped almonds, flattening cookie slightly. Set cookies on prepared pan, almond side up, leaving about 1 12” between them (the whole batch fits on one of the linked pans above).

Place pan in preheated oven and bake cookies for 20 – 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before serving!

Notes

¹ Tracking down Solo brand almond paste proved rather difficult for me, even with the use of their store finder. Thankfully, they sell cases directly from the factory; at this time in the US, a 6-pack will run you $30 including shipping. Click here for a listing of their gluten-free products (not produced in a dedicated gluten-free facility). If you’re going with another brand, be sure to read over the ingredients label carefully — a more readily available brand that comes in a 7-ounce tube (Odense) contains wheat starch-derived glucose syrup.

² I had Marcona almonds on hand, so that’s what I used. I like that they are slightly sweeter and softer than the usual almond variety.

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