Amariette Cookies

    30 mins

    This is a cookie the Italian's make on festive occasions like weddings, or Christmas. For a festive touch, decorate the top of each cookie with a piece of candied cherry instead of the almond.

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    Serves: 24 

    • 7 egg whites
    • 2 1/2 cups (550g) caster sugar
    • 900g (2 pounds) ground almonds
    • 2 tablespoons almond extract
    • 1 cup (160g) chopped almonds
    • 1/3 cup (40g) caster sugar for decoration

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C (350 degrees F).
    2. Beat egg whites and sugar until fluffy. Add the ground almond and almond extract, mixing well. Shape dough into walnut sized balls, roll in sugar and put a piece of almond or candied cherry on top.
    3. Bake at 175 degrees C (350 degrees F) until firm. Bottom should be light brown.

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    Was seeking Italian Cookie called "pizzacotti" and found this. It was a hit at the holiday cookie making party. Doubled the recipe for tons. Great shape, holds form, packs well and YUMMIE. Used almond meal and sweetened dried cranberries for the festive top. Great special occassion cookie and EASY!  -  11 Dec 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    These are wonderful! I had some egg whites and some sliced almonds I wanted to use. I am so glad I found this recipe. I put my sliced almonds in the blender to grind them and it worked great; the only thing is that my cookie dough was so soft there was no way I could form balls. Dropping the dough by teaspoonfuls onto parchment covered cookie sheets worked very well; since I did not want to roll them in extra sugar anyway. BIG HINT: do not remove the cookies from the parchment paper until they are cool; if not they fall apart! Connie thank you for sharing!  -  05 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Fantastic cookie! One of my absolute favourites. Decorate with a red candied cherry at Christmas and they look like Rudolph's nose :o)  -  22 Dec 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)