AMARETTI COOKIES . . . wickedly wonderful classic Italian cookies

An Amaretti cookie is a cookie with attitude.    It is an elegant bite of crunchy, chewy wonderfulness,   heady with the perfume of almonds,  perfect with exactly the right amount of sweetness.

Amaretti cookies are definitely not your common, home-baked cookie one encounters in North America.   This Italian confection dates as far back as the 1700s, and is ancestor of the ubiquitous French macaron.   It is a cookie equally at ease with a cup of coffee or tea, or a glass of sparkling Prosecco.

Amaretti cookies  have the same almond base and deliciously chewy texture of a French macaron, but unlike the macaron it is a snap to make.  One simply whips up egg whites, folds in sugar and ground almonds and rolls the morsels in sugar.  There’s very much a Christmas feel about amaretti cookies.    They are so decadently,  deliciously different.

Don’t wait for Christmas to bake these cookies.  This is stoned fruit season, and these cookies are a marriage made in heaven when you serve them with home-made peach ice cream.    My favorite bakery in Toronto, BOBBETTE & B ELLE,  introduced me to these glorious cookies.

The recipe awaits you in MRS.BUTTERFINGERS kitchen.

 

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2 thoughts on “AMARETTI COOKIES . . . wickedly wonderful classic Italian cookies

  1. Think I’ll check out BOBBETTE & B ELLE! I’ll buy some there. Easier for me than making the cookies.
    I’m knee deep in baking fruit pies right now. I’m even freezing some. Tomorrow is Pear Pie!
    All my pies have home made whole wheat crusts. It is the one thing I am very good at.
    Much love to you, Virginia! xoxoxo

  2. Lucky you Resa. Able to pop into BOBBETTE & BELLE. Desperate for sweet treats I have been baking my way through their cookbook. It’s such a beautiful book it is a pleasure just to leaf through the pages and ohh and ahh at their delicious photography. There is such a sense of style that takes this book above and beyond a mere cookbook. Pie making your forte!! I love it. The abundance of fresh fruit right now is fabulous. Bon Appetit dear girl. XXOO Virginia

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