Polish Almond Cookies (Amaretti) Recipe

Polish Almond Cookies or Amaretti
Polish Almond Cookies or Amaretti. © 2010 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 2 dozen cookies (6 servings)
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This Polish almond cookie recipe or amaretti (ah-mah-RRET-tee) are flourless cookies which come together quickly and are ideal for tea or coffee.

This is a traditional Polish Christmas cookie that is made with 2 egg whites. With the leftover egg yolks, make Polish Egg Brandy, which is similar to eggnog, or freeze the egg yolks for yolks-only recipes like these:

Here are more Eastern European Recipes that use almonds.

Here is a larger photo of Polish Almond Cookies or Amaretti.

What You'll Need

  • 2 large egg whites (room-temperature)
  • 3 1/2 ounces sugar
  • 7 ounces ground almonds (not chopped)
  • 3 1/2 ounces sugar
  • 2 to 3 drops almond oil or 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • Pinch cinnamon

How to Make It

Make the Meringue

  • In a medium bowl, whip the 2 large room-temperature egg whites until they are stiff. Gradually add 3 1/2 ounces (half) of the sugar while continuing to whip. The meringue should be so stiff, you can cut it with a knife.

Make the Cookie Batter

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a separate large bowl, mix together the 7 ounces ground almonds with 3 1/2 ounces sugar, 2 to 3 drops of almond oil or 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract, and a pinch of cinnamon. Stir in a dollop of the meringue (above) to lighten the nut mixture. Then, gently fold in the remaining meringue, trying not to deflate the volume.
  1. Using a scoop, drop equal portions of cookie batter onto the prepared pan(s). Bake about 15 minutes or until cookie bottoms are lightly brown and the tops are crackly. Cool completely on a wire rack. Store in a tightly covered container.

More Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

In the past, people with gluten issues had to forego things like bread, cakes, cookies and other items containing wheat. But thanks to recipes that use ground nuts in place of flour, and significant improvements in gluten-free flour products, those following a gluten-free way of life don't have to feel deprived anymore.

After all, partaking of food (in moderation, of course) with family and friends is a celebration of life and many Eastern European customs are centered around ritual bread and baked goods. Not all recipes work out by making a one-to-one conversion of all-purpose wheat flour to all-purpose gluten-free flour, so it might take some experimentation. The recipes below are tried and true.