Thursday, July 18, 2013

Amaretti (cookies)

Amaretti (cookies)
(3 dozen)


1 ¾ cup Almonds, skins removed
1 cup Sugar
2 Egg Whites
½ tsp. Almond Extract
for dusting Powdered Sugar


Preheat oven to 325 degrees and place almonds on a baking sheet and place in oven for 10-15 minutes without letting them brown. Remove and turn oven off. Finely grind the almonds in a food processor with half the sugar. Use an electric hand mixer to beat egg whites to soft peaks. Sprinkle half the remaining sugar on them and continue beating until stiff peaks. Gently fold in the remaining sugar, extract and almonds. Spoon the mixture into a pastry bag with a smooth tip. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and dust with flour. Pipe mixture out in circles the size of a walnut. Sprinkle lightly with the powdered sugar and let stand 2 hours before placing in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes or until they are golden brown. Remove from oven and place on a rack to cool

Note: If you can find them, the almonds can be divided into 1 ¼ cups sweet almonds and ½ cup of bitter almonds. If you can't find them without their skin do the following. Drop the almonds into boiling water for 1-2 minutes. Drain and rub the almonds with a cloth to remove skins.

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