Chewy amaretti Christmas cookies

Want a fun bake to make with the kids? These amaretti cookies are a great way to involve the kids and are fun and easy to make!

Want a fun bake to make with the kids?

These amaretti cookies by James Hillery of Cluck Muck & Cook, are a great way to involve the kids and are easy to make! They can make a sticky mess with rolling the dough into balls and dunking them in icing sugar – such fun! Happy baking!

Ingredients

  • 3 large free-range egg whites
  • 280 g ground almonds
  • 280 g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar, for dusting

Instructions

1
Preheat the oven to 170°C/Gas Mark 4 and line two baking sheets with baking parchment.
2
Using a stand mixer with the balloon whisk attachment or an electric hand whisk, whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks.
3
Add the ground almonds, sugar, water, vanilla and almond extract to the egg whites. Fold in until well combined and the mixture forms a thick paste, which can be formed into a ball.
4
Put the icing sugar into a bowl.
5
Scoop out 40g (1½oz) of the dough and roll into a ball about the size of a walnut. If it feels too sticky, slightly dampen your hands to roll them.
6
Drop the ball into the icing sugar and cover well.
7
Gently place onto a lined baking tray and press gently to flatten a little. It's ok if they crack a little on the sides. 8 Repeat with the rest of the dough, putting 6-7 onto each baking sheet and allowing space for them to expand a little in the oven.
8
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until nice and golden brown.
9
Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before moving to a wire rack to cool fully.

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