Italians have loved and made Amaretti cookies for centuries. Amaretti is Italian for the all-time loved macaroons, which mean “little bitter things”. Traditionally made with almond paste, sugar and egg whites these delectable cookies can be eaten by themselves or served with liqueur, sweet wines and even coffee.
They are also served with desserts. Amarettis can be used to concoct delicious desserts and even savory dishes like pumpkin ravioli.
And if you are still looking for ways to consume this delicacy try sandwiching buttercream, jam or ganache between two of these tiny things. Serve with mousse, sherbets or ice creams.
These cookies are available in various packaging depending on the brand you choose. And if you are “I-bake-my-own-cookies” type of person then you must know these versatile and delicious cookies are easy to make.
The basic almond paste can be made at home with blanched almonds and it is also available in cans or tubes. When using the canned variety, start by putting the almond paste pieces along with sugar in a blender.
Blend till fine then add a third of the egg white and whip well. Repeat twice, each time mixing it really well. Mix till the dough turns really smooth.
Fill a piping bag fitted with a plain ½” tip, with this dough. Preheat oven at 375 degrees. Pipe one and half inch mounds on to the parchment sheets lining the baking trays, each about an inch apart from the other.
Smoothen each to flatten the tip and sprinkle a few grains of sugar. Bake for 15 minutes or till they are golden and have risen beautiful with a few cracks on the top.
Remove from oven and cool on wire racks. You can use a damp towel on the back of the parchment to help remove the cookies when cool. When cool, serve them the way you like.