Amaretti Biscuits



 Delicious soft centred Amaretti biscuits. So easy to make, crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle and they’re naturally gluten-free too.

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Delicious soft centred Amaretti biscuits. So easy to make, crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle and they're naturally gluten-free too.

With Valentines Day coming up I thought I would try to make something vaguely romantic. Both Charlotte and I absolutely love Amaretti biscuits (also sometimes referred to as Italian macaroons), and with them being Italian surely that means they automatically qualify to be romantic! They come with the added bonus of being extremely easy and quick to make.

I have had two versions of Amaretti biscuits, those which are hard all the way through and those which are crisp on the outside yet deliciously soft and chewy in the middle. These are the latter, which makes the inside taste like gorgeous marzipan and the softness saves you from the worry of a sizeable dental bill that you get from the crunchy ones!

Delicious soft centred Amaretti biscuits. So easy to make, crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle and they're naturally gluten-free too.

Initially when I made these biscuits I used a 50:50 split between caster sugar and ground almond. I then experimented with this ratio (keeping the overall weight the same) and preferred them with slightly more almond than sugar. However if you prefer them a little sweeter then just adjust the ratio accordingly.

If you want to make a bigger or smaller batch, you can do this by simply multiplying up or down the ingredients. For example if you want to make 32 biscuits, simply double the ingredients, if you want just 8 biscuits then simply half them.

Delicious soft centred Amaretti biscuits. So easy to make, crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle and they're naturally gluten-free too.

If you enjoy these amaretti biscuits then take a look at Charlotte’s version, which are stuffed with dark chocolate. I’d also heartily recommend Charlotte’s Maltese figolli biscuits which use a very similar recipe to create the almond paste which is then encased either side by two biscuits flavoured with lemon zest and orange blossom.

Delicious soft centred Amaretti biscuits. So easy to make, crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle and they're naturally gluten-free too.

Amaretti Biscuits

Active time: 15 mins

Total time: 30-35 mins

Makes 16 biscuits

Ingredients

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 190g ground almond
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp Amaretto liquor
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp of icing sugar (for rolling the biscuits in prior to baking)
  • 3 tbsp of caster sugar (for rolling the biscuits in prior to baking)

Here’s a quick video to show you just how simple these amaretti biscuits are to make…

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC/150ºC fan.
  2. Line your baking sheet with baking parchment or bake-o-glide sheet.
  3. Put your egg whites (2 large egg whites) into a large bowl and beat on a medium speed until they form a firm peak.
  4. Put the ground almonds (190g), caster sugar (150g) and vanilla extract (¼ tsp) into a large bowl. Gently fold in the beaten egg white and then add in the Amaretto liquor (15ml) and keep stirring until you have a smooth paste.
  5. Put the icing sugar (3 tbsp) and caster sugar (3 tbsp) onto separate plates.
  6. Next break the mixture into 16 little balls (around 2-3cm in diameter) and roll each ball first in the caster sugar and then in the icing sugar before placing them on the baking tray. Allow about 3cm between each ball as they will spread a little in the oven.
  7. Place in the oven and cook for 15-17 minutes until they look like the ones in these pictures.
  8. Take them out of the oven, leave to cool for a couple of minutes on the tray and then place onto a cooling rack.

Delicious soft centred Amaretti biscuits. So easy to make, crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle and they're naturally gluten-free too.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 142 kcal (7%), Fat: 6.6g (9%), Saturated Fat: 0.5g (3%), Carbohydrates: 16.1g (6%), Sugar: 15.8g (18%), Fibre: 0.9g (4%), Protein: 3.5g (7%), Salt: 0.0g (0%)

This is the estimated nutritional information per biscuit. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.

Free From/Suitable For…

  • Suitable for Vegetarians
  • Gluten-Free
  • Corn-Free
  • Dairy-Free
  • Soy-Free

The ingredients for this recipe are easily available free from all these allergens. However, please ensure you double-check allergen information for all ingredients.

Delicious soft centred Amaretti biscuits. So easy to make, crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle and they're naturally gluten-free too.

15 Comments:

  1. Maripan tasting filling? Sign me up! I love amaretto biscuits, but as I’m not really a coffee drinker, I find them a bit hard when not dunked in anything. These seem perfect! I must give them a try 🙂

    • These are definitely the biscuits for you then – they aren’t hard at all, slightly crunchy on the outside and soft and marzipany in the centre. I hope you enjoy them x

  2. I ADORE Amaretti biscuits, but strangely I have never thought about making them myself. Heaven knows why…… they are really straight forward aren’t they? Bookmarked!

    • I think it’s one of those things you think is tricky and actually turns out to be really easy. You should definitely give them a try, let me know how it goes if you do x

  3. Those look delicious, really perfect, I’ll bet they tasted amazing!

  4. I was sold as soon as you said amaretti!….. I’ll have a dozen to go please 🙂
    No seriously, they do look amazing….by the way how long did it take to photo the image of the three amaretti stacked up? They’d have been falling all over the place for me. 😉
    Angela x

    • Very very carefully and one they were steady the didn’t move, everything else got moved around them. We did have a few collapses!

  5. I love Amaretti and these biscuits look simply divine! x #FoodYearLinkUp

  6. These are wonderful, the smell alone coming from the oven is delicious! Can these lovely little biscuits be frozen? I would love to batch cook them to serve over the Christmas season..

    • Hi Jane. Sorry for taking so long to reply, I hadn’t tested freezing them and so thought I’d make a batch to see. Sadly I haven’t had a chance yet but thought I couldn’t leave replying any longer. These should freeze just fine I’ve frozen similar biscuits without any problems, just defrost them thoroughly before eating.

  7. Can I use almond extract instead of liquor as I don’t drink

    • I wouldn’t as it’ll be far too strong (the almond extract has a very concentrated flavour). You could use a little bit for the flavour (I’d go for about 1/2 tsp) and then make up the rest of the volume with water.

  8. These look amazing!! How long would they keep? Could you store them in a kilner jar and give them as a Christmas gift if you made them close to Christmas, for instance?

    • I’ve never kept them particularly long (just because I couldn’t resist eating them!) so I’m not too sure how long they last. However, they do freeze OK so if you want to make them in advance you can always freeze them in an airtight container and then defrost them overnight and put them into pretty jars to give as a gift.

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