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A stack of three Christmas Amaretti Biscuits on a silver dish. The top biscuits is cut in half showing the hidden mincemeat centre.

Christmas Amaretti Biscuits

A festive twist on my classic amaretti biscuits, with mixed spices, brandy, walnuts and a hidden mincemeat centre.
5 from 2 votes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 18 biscuits

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 200 g ground almonds
  • 185 g caster sugar
  • tsp ground mixed spice
  • 50 g walnut pieces
  • 1 tbsp brandy
  • 65 g mincemeat
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar - to roll the biscuits in before baking
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar - to roll the biscuits in before baking

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Pre-heat your oven to 170°C/150°C fan.
    Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper or a reusable baking liner.
  • Finely chop your walnuts (50g).
  • Whip your egg whites (2 large) until they form stiff peaks.
  • In a different bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (200g ground almonds,185g caster sugar, 1½ tsp ground mixed spice and 50g chopped walnuts).
  • Add the whipped egg whites to the dry ingredients and fold them together until combined.
  • Add the brandy (1 tbsp) and mix until combined.
  • Divide the mixture into 18 equal-sized balls. Split each ball into two sperate balls (⅓ in one ball and ⅔ in the other).
    Make a well in the middle of each of the large balls and add ½ tsp on mincemeat into the hole.
    Flatten out the each smaller ball and carefully press it over the mincemeat the seal the biscuit.
    Carefully roll each ball between the palms of your hands to form it into a round ball.
  • Put the caster sugar (3 tbsp) in a shallow dish and the icing sugar (3 tbsp) in a different shallow dish.
    Roll each biscuit first in the caster sugar and then in the icing sugar.
    Place them on to the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake your biscuits for 15 minutes, until they look like the ones in the pictures.
  • Once baked, remove your biscuits from the oven. Leave them to cool for a few minutes on the baking tray before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.

NOTES

If it's your first time making this recipe then make sure you read all of the information in the main post as it include lots of additional tips, as well as the answers to some questions. If you have any further questions then do let me know in the comments and I'll do my best to help.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.7g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7.8g | Saturated Fat: 0.7g | Sodium: 13.1mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 16.4g

Any nutritional information provided is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you would like to learn more about how this is calculated.


Keyword: Christmas, Christmas Biscuits, Christmas Cookies
Author: Charlotte Oates