Chocolate Amaretti Cookies
photo by justcallmetoni
- Ready In:
- 1hr 15mins
- Preheat oven to 350°F Place almonds on a sml baking sheet & bake 10-12 minutes, turning occ till golden brown. Allow almonds to cool to room temperature Reduce oven temp to 325°F.
- Line a lrg baking sheet w/baking parchment. In a food processor, process the toasted almonds w/half the sugar till the almonds are finely ground but not oily.
- Transfer the ground almonds to a bowl & stir in cocoa powder & confectioner's sugar. Set aside.
- In a med mixing bowl, beat egg whites & cream of tartar w/a hand-held mixer till stiff peaks form.
- Sprinkle in the remaining sugar 1 tbsp at a time, beating well after ea addition & cont beating till the whites are glossy & stiff. Beat in the almond extract.
- Add the almond sugar mixture & gently fold into the beaten egg whites till just blended.
- Spoon the mixture into a lrg piping bag filled w/a plain 1/2 in nozzle. Pipe 1 1/2 in rounds about 1 in apart on the prepared baking sheet. Press a slivered almond into the center of ea cookie.
- Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes or till they are crisp. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes.
- W/a metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely. When cool, store in an airtight jar or cookie tin.
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Made these for a work social and they were a huge hit and a favorite for the chocolate lovers in the croud. i had a little trouble with my meringue portion of the preparation, I suspect too much air went out while adding the sugar. Nonetheless, they were easy to prepare and quite attractive. at 11 mintes of baking, they were very soft on the inside with a just crispy exterior - much like a macaroon. Another minute or so and they were quite crispy and a little more dry on the outside - a little more like the amaretti cookies one buys in the store. Some preferred one version over the other but both were delicious.
So soft cookies and so tasty! I like almods so much and so I waw looking forward for these cookies. They were exactly as I imagined they would be. So very soft and elegant! Thanks MP for this wordeful recipe. I used them for Chocolate Amaretti Peaches" recipe and had the others plain, with jam and with ice cream. Very good in all these ways.
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I am an American transplanted from Dallas to Iceland by marriage to a native Icelander & I retired to become his "Kitchen Queen". We love to entertain our family & friends, so I have an eclectic collection of recipes. I especially love simple, easy-fix, flexible & make-ahead recipes - BUT also like challenging myself on occasion. I enjoy baking & food photography. I am devoted to the "More is Always Better Principle" & apply it liberally to bacon, butter & garlic. I can have ingredient issues due to availability here in Iceland & my DH is medically diet-restricted from some ingredients as well. Either situation might require me to modify a recipe, but I will do my best to be true to your recipes & fair/honest in my reviews. Mary Pat (aka twissis)