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.

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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. Recipe VIDEO below.
Active Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 biscuits

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 170ºC/150ºC fan.
  • Line your baking sheet with baking parchment or bake-o-glide sheet.
  • Put your egg whites (2 large egg whites) into a large bowl and beat on a medium speed until they form a firm peak.
  • 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.
  • Put the icing sugar (3 tbsp) and caster sugar (3 tbsp) onto separate plates.
  • 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.
  • Place in the oven and cook for 15-17 minutes until they look like the ones in these pictures.
  • Take them out of the oven, leave to cool for a couple of minutes on the tray and then place onto a cooling rack.

Notes

If you fancy getting adventurous with your Amaretti Biscuits then why not give my other flavours a try...
Have you tried this recipe? Please leave a comment and rating at the bottom of the page to let others know what you thought.

Cuisine: Italian
Have you tried this recipe?Please leave a comment and rating at the bottom of the page to let others know what you thought.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 8mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 0.8% | Calcium: 2.5% | Iron: 2.9%
Any nutritional information shown is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.

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.

Free From/Suitable For…

The ingredients I used to make this recipe are all free from the following allergens. However, please check any labels carefully for allergens you need to avoid as brands can vary and product recipes can change over time.

  • Suitable for Vegetarians
  • Gluten-Free
  • Dairy-Free
  • Peanut-Free (contains almonds)
  • Sesame-Free
  • Soya-Free
  • Lupin-Free

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.

32 Comments:

  1. I have made these biscuits a couple of times and they worked every time. I’m making them again today To go with a lemon posset desert.

  2. These come out with a light, crisp outside & soft chewy inside, right?, that’s what I’m looking for also, does anyone know how to “translate” this recipe to American measurements? Lol ty!

    • If you have a look under the ingredients list it says “Convert to US Cups/Ounces. Click that and it’ll tell you what you need.

  3. Michelle Smithson

    I’ve made these a few times now and absolutely love this recipe – just the right balance of flavours and a beautiful texture. I always get so many comments on how delicious they are and requests to share the recipe. Thank you! Am keen to try the lemon version next 🙂

  4. I tried a different recipe before I found this, and they were like bland bullets. These were unbelievable – they turned out soft, delicious and just like the picture. Completely gorgeous and addictive. A go-to recipe.

  5. I love making these. I saw that you were experimenting with different flavours, do you have a lemon version?

    • Charlotte Oates

      I didn’t but after reading this comment I decided to have an experiment and I’ve got one now. It’ll be up on my site within the next week. Make sure you subscribe to my mailing list so you don’t miss it 🙂

  6. My mum loves all things marzipan so I made these for her birthday. She absolutely loved them, soft and chewy just how she likes them apparently. Thanks, got me some brownie points.

  7. I love Ameretti biscuits, they are one of my favourites

  8. I love this recipe . The first time I made this, everybody loved it, n they keep asking for more. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  9. Done it!

    Without sounding like someone from ‘Allo!’Allo! as I did in the post above:-

    180g ground almonds
    160g sugar
    2 egg whites
    20ml amaretto

    160 deg C in a fan oven for 17-20 minutes and I get amaretti heaven!! Brilliant – only 4 attempts!!

    I’ll try your idea with the chocolate next!!

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