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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

For 50 pieces, you will need:

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PreparationCookingStart to finish
23 min.40 min.1 hour 3 min.
Preservation: Several weeks, even months, in an airtight tin.
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Step by step recipe

1 Amaretti : Photo of step #1

Prepare the amaretti mixture

Weigh out 300 g caster sugar. Set aside.
2 min.
2 Amaretti : Photo of step #2Weigh out 350 g ground almonds. Set aside. 2 min.
3 Amaretti : Photo of step #3Beat 4 egg whites. Halfway through, while still beating, add 2 tablespoonsful taken from the 300 g caster sugar. 3 min.
4 Amaretti : Photo of step #4When the egg whites are fully beaten and glossy, reduce the speed slightly and gradually add the rest of the sugar. 3 min.
5 Amaretti : Photo of step #5When all the sugar is mixed in, stop beating and tip in the ground almonds, all in one go, with 3 drops bitter almond essence. 1 min.
6 Amaretti : Photo of step #6Fold in gently with a soft spatula... 4 min.
7 Amaretti : Photo of step #7...until evenly mixed. Do not mix for too long as there is no need to mix really thoroughly.
8 Amaretti : Photo of step #8

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.
5 min.
9 Amaretti : Photo of step #9If your amaretti have points on the top, you can smooth these down with a teaspoon dipped in milk. 2 min.
10 Amaretti : Photo of step #10Dust with icing sugar if desired. 1 min.
11 Amaretti : Photo of step #11

Cook the amaretti

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


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.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
362873 gr401 gr193 gr
181 %28 %38 %29 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
4489 gr50 gr24 gr
22 %3 %5 %4 %
Per piece
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
721 gr8 gr3 gr
4 %1 %1 %1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 50 pieces : 7.72 €
Per piece : 0.15 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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And to drink?: To stay with the Italian mood, an espresso or a shot of grappa.
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