One of our favorite flours to bake Christmas cookies with is almond flour. It produces tender, nutty cookies that are safe for our gluten-free friends to eat. Love it! Once you get going with almond flour, you’ll realize that there are lots of different ways to use this ingredient in cookie recipes. One of the best (and simplest) almond flour cookie recipes is for amaretti cookies! These sweet, chewy cookies contain just a few ingredients, and are the perfect treat to pair with a cup of coffee on a cold winter’s day.
Start by pouring 1-1/2 cups of granulated sugar into your food processor. Process the sugar until the grains are super-fine, almost like dust. Add 2-1/2 cups of almond flour to the sugar in the food processor, along with 3 egg whites, 1 tsp. of almond extract and 1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract. Process the ingredients until a smooth dough forms.
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats. Place rounded teaspoonfuls of the dough on the prepared cookie sheets, about 1-1/2 inches apart. Bake the amaretti cookies for 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden and still slightly chewy. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for a minute or two before transferring them to a cooling rack. The cookies will firm up as they cool, but they will be very soft at first. The recipe should yield about 30 cookies.
Store the amaretti cookies in a cool, dry place for up to two days. If desired, before serving you can make a special treat by spreading 1-2 tsp. of jam, chocolate filling or nut butter on the bottom of a cookie, then sandwiching another cookie against the filling. Delicious!
What are some of your favorite almond flour recipes?