Amaretti are little Italian almond biscuits. They are a bit like meringues, very sweet, and made with ground almonds.
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Last modified on: May 31th 2015

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 2 min.
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Prepare the amaretti mixture

Weigh out 300 g caster sugar. Set aside.

Stage 2 - 2 min.
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Weigh out 350 g ground almonds. Set aside.

Stage 3 - 3 min.
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Beat 4 egg whites. Halfway through, while still beating, add 2 tablespoonsful taken from the 300 g caster sugar.

Stage 4 - 3 min.
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When the egg whites are fully beaten and glossy, reduce the speed slightly and gradually add the rest of the sugar.

Stage 5 - 1 min.
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When all the sugar is mixed in, stop beating and tip in the ground almonds, all in one go, with 3 drops bitter almond essence.

Stage 6 - 4 min.
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Fold in gently with a soft spatula...

Stage 7
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...until evenly mixed. Do not mix for too long as there is no need to mix really thoroughly.

Stage 8 - 5 min.
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Form the amaretti

Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).

Make the amaretti straight onto a sheet of cooking parchment laid on a baking sheet. It is best to pipe them, using a forcing bag, but you can shape them with 2 teaspoons instead; the shape will just be less regular.

Stage 9 - 2 min.
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If your amaretti have points on the top, you can smooth these down with a teaspoon dipped in milk.

Stage 10 - 1 min.
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Dust with icing sugar if desired.

Stage 11 - 40 min.
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Cook the amaretti

Bake for about 40 minutes, until the amaretti are just beginning to take on a creamy colour.


It is tempting to mix the ground almonds into the meringue with the whisk, but don't do it, or the meringue will collapse completely. Fold them in gently with a soft spatula.

And to drink?

To stay with the Italian mood, an espresso or a shot of grappa.


Several weeks, even months, in an airtight tin.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
3,628 Kcal or 15,190 Kj73 gr401 gr193 gr
181 %28 %38 %29 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
448 Kcal or 1,876 Kj9 gr50 gr24 gr
22 %3 %5 %4 %
Per piece
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
73 Kcal or 306 Kj1 gr8 gr4 gr
4 %1 %1 %1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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This recipe uses (among others)
Ground almondsGround almonds: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Buckwheat almond biscuits, Pear, grapefruit and pistachio tart, Moist chocolate cake, Moist cereal bars, Macarons (the original French macaroons) , ... All
Caster sugarCaster sugar: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Creamy plum and pear clafoutis, Pancake batter, Crème caramel, How to cook caramelized puff pastry well, Little apple turnovers with almonds and raisins, ... All
Egg whiteEgg white: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Brioche royale, Verrine of avocado mousse and crab, Succès praliné (praline meringue), Hazelnut and orange cake, Baked Alaska, ... All
Bitter almond essenceBitter almond essence: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Amandier (gluten-free almond cake), Apricot blancmange, ... All

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