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.