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Chewy Italian Almond Biscuits

28/04/2020 (Last Updated: 22/10/2020)

Hot baked biscuits in less than 30 minutes? Yes please! Here’s a simple recipe for Italian Almond Biscuits. They are chewy, delicately sweet and packed with the rich flavour of roasted almond. 

Stack of four Italian Almond Biscuits.

Why We Love This

A lot of Italian almond biscuit recipes require you to whip the egg whites before mixing and baking. We skip this step and the results are perfection in a biscuit and a lot of saved time!

Having no wheat flour, the texture is so different to regular biscuits. We love the use of almond flour in this for the rich nutty flavour and texture.

Chewy Italian biscuits cooling on a baking rack.

What are Italian Almond Biscuits? 

A type of macaroon, these light and nutty biscuits are sometimes referred to as Ricciarelli or Amaretti Cookies. There are many variations, but they’re essentially crispy, light cookies with a chewy, soft centre.

While these are traditionally eaten in Italy at Christmas, and accompanied by a dessert wine might we add! We say they’re good any time of year.

If you want to use almonds and make your own almond flour, we’ve whittled the preparation process down to less than 10 minutes to crush the almonds, blend with sugar, egg whites and almond essence, and roll up into little icing sugar coated cookie ball morsels. Just as a time comparison.

For a crunchy almond biscuit, try our cantucci (Italian almond biscotti) instead!

What You’ll Need

Almond flour and almond essence are probably the two ingredients you may not already have on hand, otherwise the rest are pantry staples!

Ingredients for Italian almond biscuits.

How to make Italian Almond Biscuits:

Preheat oven to 180˚C (350˚F) and line your baking tray with baking paper. Place your almond flour, egg whites, caster sugar and essences in a bowl and mix well with a fork. 

Mixing ingredients for Italian almond biscuits.

Sprinkle your icing sugar on chopping board or plate. Spoon a small scoop of mixture onto the board and coat generously with icing sugar while gently rolling into a ball.

Shaping dough into balls for baking.

Bake for around 15 minutes, until the outsides are nicely crispy yet the cookies are still soft inside. 

 

Wandercook’s Tips

  • Crispy Tip – If you want crispier biscuits, cook them for a few minutes longer.
  • Runny? -The mixture will be quite runny, and that’s completely normal.
  • Leftover egg yolks? Make Frollini Italian Shortbread next!

FAQs

Do you have to whip the egg whites?

You don’t have to whip the egg whites in this recipe. You can if you like, but it’s not necessary if you want to save time. Why not try both ways and see what you prefer?

Is almond flour the same as ground almonds?

Yes, almond flour is finely ground almonds. So you can use either. The first time we cooked it we ground the almonds ourselves, and the second time around we used almond flour. Both work!

Can you freeze these cookies?

Yes! You can freeze Italian almond biscuits and thaw them out as you want them or you can keep them in a sealed container for up to a week either on the bench or in the fridge. We kept ours out on the bench in our biscuit jar.

Is this a gluten-free recipe?

Yes! As it uses almond flour instead of wheat flour, this is okay to cook for you or gluten-free friends.

Variations

  • If you can’t find almond flour, you can finely ground almonds instead. In a pinch, you could also sub for pecans or walnuts however the outcome and flavour would be quite different.
  • You can pop a whole almond in the centre of each biscuit to make their presentation a little fancier.
Italian almond biscuits cooling on a black rack.

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Chewy Italian Almond Biscuits

Hot baked biscuits in less than 30 minutes? Yes please! Here's a simple recipe for Italian almond biscuits. They are chewy, delicately sweet and packed with the rich flavour of roasted almond. 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 12 biscuits
Calories: 165kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $7

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180˚C (350˚F) and line your baking tray with baking paper.
  • Place your almond flour, lightly whisked egg whites, caster sugar and vanilla essence and almond essence in a bowl and mix well with a fork. 
    1½ cups almond flour, 2 egg whites, ¾ cup caster sugar / superfine sugar, 1 tsp vanilla essence, 1 tsp almond essence
  • Sprinkle your icing sugar on a chopping board or plate.
    ¼ cup icing sugar / powdered sugar
  • Spoon a small scoop of mixture onto the board and coat generously with icing sugar while gently rolling into a ball.
  • Bake for around 15 minutes, until the outsides are nicely crispy yet the cookies are still soft inside. 

Video

Recipe Notes

Cook’s Tips
  • If you want a crispier result, cook it for a few minutes longer.
  • The mixture will be quite runny, and that’s completely normal.
FAQs
  • Do you have to whip the egg whites? You don’t have to whip the egg whites in this recipe. You can if you like, but it’s not necessary if you want to save time. Why not try both ways and see what you prefer?
  • Is almond flour the same as ground almonds? Yes, almond flour is finely ground almonds. So you can use either. The first time we cooked it we ground the almonds ourselves, and the second time around we used almond flour. Both work!
  • Can you freeze these cookies? Yes! You can freeze them and thaw them out as you want them or you can keep them in a sealed container for up to a week either on the bench or in the fridge. We kept ours out on the bench in our biscuit jar.
  • Is this a gluten-free recipe? Yes! As it uses almond flour instead of wheat flour, this is okay to cook for you or gluten-free friends.
Variations & Substitutes
  • If you can’t find almond flour, you can finely ground almonds instead. In a pinch, you could also sub for pecans or walnuts however the outcome and flavour would be quite different.
  • You can pop a whole almond in the centre of each biscuit to make their presentation a little fancier.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Chewy Italian Almond Biscuits
Amount per Serving
Calories
165
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
9
g
14
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Sodium
 
9
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
134
mg
4
%
Carbohydrates
 
19
g
6
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
16
g
18
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%
Calcium
 
47
mg
5
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Jo
    27/10/2021 at 1:33 am

    5 stars
    Having recently gone wheat and dairy free these cookies ticked all the right boxes and were just so easy to cook. I absolutely loved them.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      27/10/2021 at 11:54 am

      Ah that’s great Jo! So happy you enjoyed them and thanks for the feedback. 🙂

  • Reply
    Lucie
    29/09/2021 at 11:33 am

    5 stars
    so easy to make and so delicious and light and fluffy

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      29/09/2021 at 12:08 pm

      Aww thanks for the feedback Lucie! So happy you enjoyed them. 😀

  • Reply
    Manjiri C
    29/04/2020 at 11:14 pm

    5 stars
    ooo these look delish! I love the fact that they can be made like next to no time at all!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      30/04/2020 at 1:02 pm

      Yes, a quick cookie recipe is always a winner for us!

  • Reply
    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    29/04/2020 at 9:01 pm

    5 stars
    These biscuits look so chewy and delicious and the perfect sweet snack! Might have to whip up a batch myself!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      30/04/2020 at 1:03 pm

      Thanks Bintu – enjoy!

  • Reply
    Danielle Wolter
    29/04/2020 at 8:50 pm

    5 stars
    I am a huge fan of anything with almond. These cookies were fantastic. And came out absolutely perfect!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      30/04/2020 at 1:03 pm

      Cheers Danielle! 🙂

  • Reply
    Chris Collins
    29/04/2020 at 6:44 pm

    5 stars
    I love almond cookies so much!! Can’t wait to tuck into the recipe 🙂

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      30/04/2020 at 1:03 pm

      Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Nart at Cooking with Nart
    29/04/2020 at 4:42 pm

    5 stars
    These look so good, girls! I love almonds and anything chewy so I can’t wait to try them!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      30/04/2020 at 1:04 pm

      Aww thanks Nart! Yes, the almond flavour and chewy combo is a fave of ours!

  • Reply
    Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    11/01/2018 at 10:35 pm

    5 stars
    Oh I do love the taste of almonds! This recipe reminds me of a cookie I had a long time ago and really enjoyed. I will definitely make the recipe although I may be tempted to eat the whole batch myself.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      18/01/2018 at 3:12 pm

      Oh yay! Food memories are the best! Good luck resisting once these little babies come out the oven hahaha 😀

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