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Soft Amaretti Cookies

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These simple cookies (know in Italy as amaretti morbidi, meaning soft) with a chewy crust, crunchy browned bottoms and soft centers are so addictive. The main ingredient is almond flour, so they are ideal for almond lovers. 

Soft amaretti are naturally dairy and gluten-free, and so easy to make. Don't skip our chocolate and hazelnut amaretti, for an extra delicious twist on classic soft amaretti.

Soft amaretti cookies
Soft amaretti cookies

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Why you'll love soft amaretti cookies

Soft amaretti cookies are so delicious and tempting you won't stop at just one. These cookies are naturally gluten-free as they are made with egg whites, sugar and almond flour and a splash of almond extract. You can skip the almond extract if you use high quality almond flour as it gives true almond flavour.

Soft amaretti cookies are very simple to make with only a few ingredients - almond flour, sugar and egg whites. Be sure to use fresh quality almond flour, which will result in soft, moist and delicious amaretti. The almond flour can be found at your local health food store but also can be purchased online

How to make soft amaretti cookies

Making the dough

For amaretti, in one bowl combine almond flour and sugar. In another bowl beat egg whites (at room temperature) with almond extract and salt. Add almond/sugar mixture into egg whites and stir gently with silicon spatula until you get a smooth dough.

Baking cookies

Using a small cookie scoop, to portion a dough into a ball, roll each ball into icing sugar and place on the baking sheet covered with baking paper. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops are cracked - cookies should still be soft to the touch. Leave them on a baking tray for a few minutes then transfer to a serving plate.

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Storing soft amaretti cookies

Soft amaretti cookies need to be completely cool before they are stored. They can be stored in airtight container or a cookie glass jar at room temperature. Cookies should last for at least 1 week.

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Soft Amaretti Cookies

MAKES: 24 amaretti cookies
COOKS IN: 40 minutes


  • 200g almond flour (2 1/8 cups)
  • 180g caster (fine) sugar (3/4 cup + 1 tbsp)
  • 1 pinch of fine salt
  • 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 60g icing sugar (1/2 cup), for coating

Kitchen equipment for this recipe:

Electric Hand Mixer | Mixing Bowls | Silicon Spatula | Baking Sheet | Cookie Spatula


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/320°F and line the baking sheet with baking paper.

  2. In a large bowl, combine together almond flour and sugar.

  3. In a mixing bowl beat egg whites with salt until they hold soft peaks. Add almond extract to the egg whites and stir with spatula to combine.

  4. Add beaten egg whites to dry ingredients and stir until you get a soft and sticky dough.

  5. Use a teaspoon or a small cookie scoop to portion dough (size of a small walnut) and round it into a ball. Drop the ball into a icing sugar and evenly coat it. Place the balls on the baking sheet lined with baking paper and lightly press each cookie with your hands.

  6. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the tops are cracked and bottoms are just barely golden, but are still slightly soft when pressed. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

We recommend using the measurement in grams & ml (instead of cups & spoons) for more accuracy and better results.