Chocolate Amaretti Cookies

Recipe by twissis
READY IN: 1hr 15mins
YIELD: 24 cookies




  • 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.