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.
We are huge fan of soft amaretti cookies and we made a couple of variations, like chocolate and hazelnut one, both delicious.
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The list of ingredients for these cookies is short so be sure to have quality ones. The star of the recipe is almond flour which we love to use in cookie recipes, usually combined with some other flour (like in our simple hazelnut cookies).
But, in this recipe the almond flour stands alone, and in combination with sugar brings soft and chewy texture.
Use fresh almond flour to get cookies that are soft and cracked on the top. Dried almond flour may result in a denser, harder cookies that doesn't spread as much.
If you find your cookies aren't cracking enough for your liking, try adding a 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder to the dough.
The almond flours vary from brand to brand. Use the quality and fresh one for your baking. One of the best brands is Blue Diamond almond flour, which is finely ground and tastes amazingly nutty.
If you are from UK, shop Dragon Superfoods almond flour from Abel&Cole Organic Store (they deliver a wide range of organic products right to your door).
Once you have the dough ready, shaping cookies is so easy. Scoop or pinch dough into portions (1.5 tablespoon of dough) then roll between palms. Next, roll each ball into icing sugar until evenly coated.
For baking prepare one baking sheet, preferably light coloured one. Then line with baking paper so the cookies don't stick to the sheet. Bake on 160°C/320°F until the tops are cracked and bottoms are lightly brown.
Cookies should still be soft to the touch. Leave them on the baking sheet for a few minutes then transfer to a serving plate.
Soft amaretti cookies need to be completely cool before they are stored. Store cookies in an airtight container. They’ll stay wonderfully soft at room temperature for 3-4 days, or in the fridge for slightly longer.
CATEGORIES: Cookies, Italian Inspired, Gluten-Free,
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