Cookie time – Amaretti

To start the week off in a zen-like state, throw on an apron and get your hands stuck into some amaretti cookie dough! We love spending time in the kitchen – it can be particularly therapeutic if you’re stressed out or trying to get your head around a tricky problem.

This recipe creates crisp, chewy cookies that are ideal alongside your coffee or (as the Italians would do) a post-dinner, sweet wine.

Amaretti Cookies

Ingredients:

180g ground almonds
120g caster sugar
Grated zest of 1 lemon

Grated zest of ½ an orange
½ tsp natural almond extract
1 pinch salt
2 egg whites
1 tbsp honey

½ tsp natural vanilla extract
100g flaked almonds
Icing sugar

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160C.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the ground almonds, caster sugar, lemon zest, orange zest, almond essence and salt.
  3. Rub everything together with your fingertips to disperse the zest and essence evenly.
  4. Whip the egg whites, honey and vanilla extract until firm peaks form.
  5. Slowly and gently fold the almond and sugar mix into the meringue, to get a soft but malleable paste.
  6. With your hands, roll the paste into a log, cut into 20g pieces.
  7. Flatten  and pinch them in the middle a little, roll in a plate of flaked almonds to cover, then roll in plenty of icing sugar.
  8. Put on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and bake for 14-18 minutes – they should turn a very light golden colour, but stay relatively pale and chewy in the centre.
  9. Leave to cool completely before storing in a sealed jar.

We hope this inspires you to get creative with your baking this week. Make sure to tag us on Instagram if you post any pics! @hadlowgirls

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