Another traditional nut paste cookie made with ground almonds, this version has a soft, chewy center.
Deborah Mele 2011
Yield: Makes 2 Dozen
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
An amaretti cookie with a soft center.
2 Cups Blanched Almonds
1 Cup Superfine Or Powdered Sugar
2-3 Egg Whites
1 Teaspoon Almond Extract
Grind the almond to a fine powder with the sugar in a food processor.
Add the almond extract to the almonds.
Slowly add the egg whites, one at a time until the dough comes together.
Use only as much of the egg whites as it takes to moisten the dough.
Using moist hands, take small pieces and form into 1 1/2 inch balls.
Place these on a parchment or lightly greased baking sheet.
Let sit at room temperature for 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
Bake the cookies for about 25 to 30 minutes. or until lightly golden in color.
Let cool thoroughly, and store in airtight containers.