For this Christmas Eve, a day usually spent getting ready for Christmas dinner or making/wrapping the last Christmas gifts, I propose you a quick and easy recipe that can be a beautiful dessert to be served with the Christmas coffee or a small last-minute gift: you’ll need just a box and red paper to create something very Christmassy and very appreciated.

It’s my way to give you all a little gift and to wish you a sweet and peaceful Christmas, surrounded by your loved ones.

Have a nice Christmas Eve and, of course, a great Christmas Eve’s dinner.

Soft amaretti

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Recipe type: Dessert, cookies
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: about 20 cookies
Ingredients
  • 250 g almond flour
  • 25 g ermelline almond flour (bitter almonds)
  • 200 g sugar
  • egg white (about 90 g)
  • vanilla/orange peel
  • granulated sugar
Instructions
  1. Put in a bowl the two almond flours and add the flavours (vanilla/orange peel).
  2. Put in a bowl or in a plate some granulated sugar.
  3. Add the egg white a little at a time, until you get an homogeneous dough that you can use to form little balls (not too soft, but not too hard)
  4. Form little balls with your dough (about a teaspoon to obtain the classic amaretto size) ad roll them into granulated sugar.
  5. Place your balls on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and press them GENTLY with three fingers (thumb, index and middle finger), so it will take the typical amaretto shape.
  6. Bake in a 356°F-390°F (180°-200° C) for a few minutes (10 minutes maximum).
  7. Take them out of the oven and let them cool down on a rack
Notes
Warning: cookies must be eaten within a short time, because their softness is due to a not completely cooked egg white. If you want to extend the “expiration date”, you could use pasteurized egg whites, but still they aren’t ​​cookies with a long shelf life.

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