• Active Time 20m
  • Total Time 1h 25m

Makes about 40 cookies, 2 per serving

Perfect for a light ending to a big meal, amaretti are puffy confections served frequently in Italy. A cup of espresso or cappuccino would be the perfect complement.


  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cups blanched whole almonds
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds


In a large mixing bowl let the egg whites stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or brown Kraft paper. Set aside. In a food processor bowl or blender container process or blend whole almonds with 1/4 cup of the sugar till almonds are finely ground. Set aside.

Add the cream of tartar and almond extract to the egg whites. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed till soft peaks form (tips curl). Gradually add the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high speed till very stiff peaks form (tips stand straight) and sugar is almost dissolved. Fold in ground almonds.

Drop meringue mixture by rounded teaspoons 1 1/2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Sprinkle a few slivered almonds over each cookie. Bake in a preheated 300 degrees F oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or till cookies just begin to brown (centers will be soft). Turn off oven. Let cookies dry in oven with the door closed for 30 minutes. Peel cookies from paper. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 1 week.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.

RecID 2189

nutrition information per serving

94 calories; 6g total fat; 0mg cholesterol; 6mg sodium; 10g carbohydrates; 0g fiber; 2g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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