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Secret Recipe Club: Homemade Amaretti Cookies

This month’s Secret Recipe Club assignment was one that had me dragging out my metric scale and wishing I paid a bit more attention to math class in high school. This month’s top secret assignment was a lovely gal from the land down under – Claire of Claire K. Creations.  If you don’t have her blog bookmarked, you must.  There is so much recipe inspiration to find.

Trying to pick out a recipe was difficult – there were so many lovely ideas like her homemade slider rolls, Chocolate Cream Cheesecake, and Cinnamon Creme Coffee Cake but when I saw her recipe for Amaretti Cookies – I saw a challenge.  See, whenever I go to the Italian Market, I always wind up picking up a box or two of amaretti cookies for various recipes but they definitely aren’t cheap.  Now – seeing I can make them from ingredients I always have in my pantry – now that’s a win win.

I did a slight riff on the recipe as I had to convert it a bit from metric to our way here in the states.  I did break out my sassy scale because I needed to make sure that the weights were right and I wasn’t totally going crazy.  Also – the key to the crunch in the cookie is time – lots of time to crisp up.  When they come out of the oven, they are moist and chewy – an hour or so later, they are crisp, much like the ones I buy at the Italian Market.

These homemade amaretti cookies are so full of almond flavor and would be perfect for those holiday cookie swaps or for hostess gifts.  These are a tried and true recipe in this household and I have to thank Claire for a fantastic November SRC challenge.

On to the recipe:

Gather your ingredients

Add some vanilla and almond extract to the whipped egg whites

What a dough – so crumbly

Scooping the dough onto the silpat

Time to cool

The perfect nibble to go with some coffee

Secret Recipe Club: Homemade Amaretti Cookies

10 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 500 grams of Almond Meal/Flour (about 2 1/4 cups)
  • 400 grams of Caster / Superfine sugar (about 2 cups)
  • 1/8 teaspoon of kosher salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. In a bowl, whip the egg whites to stiff peaks.
  3. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and fold into the egg whites.
  4. Fold in the almond meal, caster sugar and salt until the dough comes together.
  5. Scoop onto a large baking sheet lined with a silpat or parchment paper with a small cookie scoop or a large tablespoon. (Don't worry -they won't spread much.)
  6. Bake for about 25 - 30 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven - let cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes or so.
  8. Remove to a cooling rack and let cool fully.
  9. Enjoy!



3404 cal


128 g


446 g


160 g
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