Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Almond Macaroons - Amaretti Cookies

Soft in the center, crunchy on the outside, these Italian almond macaroons, better known as amaretti, are sweet cookies that can be served as a pleasant accompaniment to coffee, espresso or as a light dessert or a cookie treat.

Ingredients

1 cup - Blanched almonds
4 drops - Pure almond extract
2/3 to 3/4 cup - Sugar
1 - Egg white, from a large egg
Little confectioners sugar for dusting

Method

1 ) Using a blender or food processor, finely grind blanched almonds in batches.

2 ) Combine almonds with almond extract, sugar and lightly beaten egg white. Combine mixture well into a dough with hands.

3 ) With moist hands, form very small dough balls.

4 ) Place balls at least 1'' apart on baking sheet, which is lined with parchment paper.

5 ) Preheat oven at 300 F. Place baking sheet in middle rack and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Take care to see the macaroon do not brown. Should be white in color. By 20 minutes the macaroons will be done. Still soft to touch.

6 ) Take out of the oven to cool. Using fine sieve, dust cookie with confectioners sugar while still warm. Cool completely before removing from baking sheet. Store in airtight container.


Serve with coffee or as a light dessert.

20 comments:

bee said...

these are similar to the almond cookies we posted today. yours look perfectly blonde and beautiful.

Anonymous said...

superb cokkies,

i will try and let u know, thanks for the wonderful recipe

sagari said...

wowwwwwwwww cookies look so goodd they look soooo lighttt

Richa said...

cookies look so good! now only if i could reach thru the screen to reach them ;)

Kalai said...

Looks awesome, pravs! Have heard of these before, but hadn't looked up the recipe. Will bookmark this!

Nags said...

look really lovely, very similar to Bee's cookies. Is almond extract easily available?

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks lovely! Love your description ...:))

Happy cook said...

Wow really looking super delicious.
I am gonna try this once

Mishmash ! said...

Nice picture and looks like a winner :) I see almond cookies everywhere these days....

remya said...

yumm yumm almond macaroons...cookies everywhere..happy holidays...looks perfect...

Maya Shanbhag said...

oh, those macaroons look so perfect...

Mansi Desai said...

wow, i love macaroons, and almonds are the best flavor ever!! I'm in the cookie baking mood too on my blog...hehehe:) your macaroons are making me hungry!

Seema said...

They look so perfect & delicious Pravs!

easycrafts said...

Perfect shape, size and colour

Purnima said...

Pravs..wow..lovely looking cookies minus the regular maida...and with least ingredients..on my must try list now!Macaroons...sounds good to ears!

Prajusha said...

pravi,
Wonderful and delicious cookies!!

Pravs said...

Bee : Thanks :D I should say your cookies are beautiful too.

Anonymous: You are welcome..do try.

Sagari, Richa & Kalai : Thanks :)

Nags : Yes, it's easily available here in USA...not sure about in india.

Raks & Happycook : Thanks :) please do try, happycook.

Mishmash : right, everyone is in festive and baking mood :)

Remya : Happy hoildays to you too :)

Mansi : yeah, once you are in this baking mode you get hooked on to it.

Maya : thanks :)

Seema :Thanks..will you be trying the cookies ? :)

Easycrafts : Thanks :D

Purnima : almond powder is like a flour for this cookie.Do try.

Prajusha : Thanks :D

Kribha said...

OMG! That looks so good. I have to try this. The ingredients look similar to the almond cookies that I just saw in another blog. Good job done. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

sunita said...

Your cookies are to die for :-)

Pearlsofeast said...

Pravs, I was looking some simple recipes, This sounds delicious and they look so mouthwatering, bookmarked!!!!!!!!!