Easy and Soft Italian Lemon Amaretti Cookies Recipe (2024)

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Last Updated on: 5th April 2024, 06:21 am

Italian Lemon Amaretti cookies are soft on the inside with a harder outside texture and they’re made with almond flour, sugar, egg whites with lemon and almond flavoring. They’re the perfect gluten-free cookies! Add these to your cookie tray!

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Cookies are the best finger desserts. They’re great to grab and go, arrange on a cookie tray or dunk into milk, coffee or tea. The first time I tried an Italian Amaretti cookie, I was hooked on them. They’re so, so delicious yet, they look like a simple cookie.

Little did I know how EASY they are to make! Find out how to store, freeze and thaw cookies too.

Almond is a wonderful flavoring for cakes and cookies. Try my Almond Butter Cookies.

However, I wanted to try something different so, I added lemon extract and lemon zest to a traditional amaretti cookie recipe. The combination is amazing!

Look below at the inside of this cookie!

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Lemon Amaretti Cookies

Making these cookies is EASY! The full, printable recipe is at the bottom of this post.

Ingredients

First, put the almond flour and one cup of the sugar in a bowl and set aside.

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Then, beat the egg whites in a large mixing bowl on high speed until peaks form. See below.

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Then, zest the lemon until you get about one tablespoon of zest. If you’re using lemon extract, the lemon zest is optional.

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Then, add the lemon and almond extracts (1/2 tsp each) and lemon zest (optional) to the beaten egg whites.

Next, add the almond flour and sugar to the egg whites 1/3 of batter at a time until well mixed. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl midway through mixing.

Then, roll the cookie dough into balls and then roll the balls into the sugar. You can roll them in powdered sugar for a festive look for Christmas, if you prefer.

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Then, place them on a cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Space them about two inches apart.

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Bake them at 325F for 25 minutes and let them cool before storing. Store in an air tight container for up to 4 days.

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These cookies are an Italian delicacy. What’s more is that they’re gluten-free too. They’re a great addition to your holiday cookie tray or anytime you feel for it.

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This recipe was updated on December 28, 2023.

Lemon Amaretti Cookies

Italian Lemon Amaretti cookies are soft on the inside with a harder outside texture and they're made with almond flour, sugar, egg whites with lemon and almond flavoring. They're the perfect gluten-free cookies!

Course Dessert

Cuisine Italian

Keyword lemon amaretti cookies

Prep Time 20 minutes minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes minutes

Total Time 45 minutes minutes

Servings 24 cookies

Calories 108cal

Author Joanne Schweitzer

Ingredients

Instructions

  • First, preheat oven to 325F.

  • Then, add parchment paper or silicone mats on two large cookie sheets.

  • Next, put 1/4 cup of the sugar on a plate and set aside. You'll use it to dip the cookie dough into before baking.

  • Then, put almond flour (2 1/2 cups) and sugar (1 cup) in a bowl and set aside.

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  • Next, in a separate large mixing bowl, beat egg whites (from three large eggs) until stiff peaks form. Use the highest setting. See photo.

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  • Then, add lemon zest (optional 1 tbsp,) 1/2 tsp of almond extract and 1/2 tsp of lemon extract to the beaten egg whites.

  • Next, add the almond flour and sugar to the egg whites 1/3 of the batter at a time until well mixed. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl half way through mixing.

  • Then, one at a time, scoop and roll the cookie dough into one-inch or so ball and immediately dip it into the sugar on a small flat plate. Place the cookies on the prepped cookies sheets, about two inches apart and bake at 325F for 25 minutes. These cookies do not spread a lot. Cookies should have a small amount of browning on the bottom.

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  • Last, cool cookies on cooling racks and then store in air tight containers.

Notes

Store in an air tight container for up to 4 days for maximum freshness but, they will last for up to two weeks.

If you're using lemon extract, the lemon zest is optional.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 108cal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 0.1IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.5mg

This recipe was adapted from She Loves Biscotti Amaretti Cookies recipe.

Easy and Soft Italian Lemon Amaretti Cookies Recipe (2024)

FAQs

What is a good substitute for amaretti biscuits? ›

Hello, If you don't like amaretti you could use crushed biscotti or crushed ginger biscuits or roasted chopped nuts.

Why did my Amaretti cookies flatten? ›

They will start to flatten and spread out.

This means the mixture has too much egg white. To correct this all you need to do is add a little more ground almonds and sugar. Use your own judgement here. Just remember; for every 10g of almonds add 8 g of sugar.

What part of Italy are amaretti cookies from? ›

The humble amaretti cookie is no exception. These cookies are the pride of Saronno, a city just north of Milan in Lombardy.

What is amaretti made of? ›

To make the recipe you only need 4 ingredients: almonds, sugar, egg whites and apricot kernels. The classic recipe calls for the use of apricot kernels: the inner core of peach and apricot pits that give the amaretti that characteristic bitter taste.

What's the difference between amaretto and amaretti? ›

Amaretto is a sweet, almond-flavoured liqueur commonly used in co*cktails or in baking and desserts. Its flavour is derived from either almond pits, apricot pits, or both. On the other hand, Amaretti are traditional Italian almond cookies, made from almond flour, apricots kernels, sugar, and egg whites.

Which supermarket stocks amaretti biscuits? ›

Costa & Mollica Crunchy Amaretti Biscuits 140G - Tesco Groceries.

What makes cookies more fluffy? ›

Baking soda

When added to dough, baking soda releases a carbon dioxide gas which helps leaven the dough, creating a soft, fluffy cookie. Baking soda is generally used in recipes that contain an acidic ingredient such as vinegar, sour cream or citrus.

What makes cookies too fluffy? ›

A spread with less fat, diet "margarines" or spreads in tubs contain have too much water. The water creates steam, causing the cookies to puff. Low protein flours, such as cake flour, absorb less water, leaving excess water to create steam, which causes the cookies to puff.

Why aren't my cookies fluffy? ›

The Problem: The Butter Is Too Soft

Room temperature butter is just the right consistency to incorporate air when it's creamed with sugar. These trapped air pockets result in risen, fluffy cookies. If the butter is any warmer, it won't incorporate enough air and your cookies will have less rise.

What is the best amaretti in Italy? ›

MOST ICONIC Amaretti di Saronno
  • D.Lazzaroni & C. Antica Pasteria. Lainate, Italy.
  • Chiostro di Saronno Paolo Lazzaroni & Figli. Saronno, Italy.

What is the difference between biscotti and amaretti? ›

Amaretti comes from the word amaro, which means bitter. These biscotti are not bitter, though some recipes do add a small amount of bitter almonds (or essence of bitter almonds), or lemon zest or cinnamon or even a tablespoon of brandy.

Is amaretti the same as biscotti? ›

What Are Cantuccini and Amaretti Biscuits. Cantucci biscuits are also known as Biscotti. They are a dry crunchy almond biscuit from Tuscany that are made without any butter or oil. Amaretti biscuits are almond flavoured macaroons style biscuits that can be soft, chewy or crunchy depending on the recipe.

What are amaretti biscuits called? ›

Amaretti di Saronno (Italian: [amaˈretti di saˈrɔnno]) are a type of amaretto, a bitter-sweet flavored macaroon, traditional to the Italian comune (municipality) of Saronno.

What is the alcohol in amaretto? ›

It generally contains 21 to 28 percent alcohol by volume.

Is there real almonds in amaretto? ›

Amaretto Liqueur

Surprisingly, amarettos such as Disaronno Originale don't contain any almonds or indeed nuts - the nutty almond flavour comes only from apricot kernels.

Are amaretti biscuits the same as biscotti? ›

Amaretti comes from the word amaro, which means bitter. These biscotti are not bitter, though some recipes do add a small amount of bitter almonds (or essence of bitter almonds), or lemon zest or cinnamon or even a tablespoon of brandy.

Are amaretti biscuits the same as macaroons? ›

The often colourful sandwich, filled with a ganache is the French Macaroon or Macaron. Italian macaroons - also known as Amaretti, share the same base ingredients of ground blanched almonds, egg whites & sugar - but the biggest difference is the texture.

Do Aldi stock amaretti biscuits? ›

Amaretti morbidi di sassello - Aldi - 250 g.

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