Italian Amaretti Cookies

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One of my favorite recipes in the world has got to be Italian Amaretti 🤌cookies. These authentic Italian cookies are so good that I love them even more than chocolate chip, oatmeal, gingerbread, and sugar cookies combined! The recipe makes sixteen biscotti’s, so if you want to make everyone happy, you may need to double or even triple it. The best part is that you can make them without the Amaretto and they’re just as delicious.

Why You’ll Love Italian Amaretti Cookies

What’s not to love – crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside, and easy to make. Not to mention, they happen to be gluten-free, and dairy-free, and they don’t have yolks, milk, butter, or traditional flour in them so they are definitely a bit cleaner and more inclusive than other holiday recipes.

How to Prepare Italian Amaretti Cookies

👩‍🍳Preheat the oven to 350F. Begin by combining almond flour and sugar in a bowl, setting it aside.

🥣In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form white, foamy peaks, this usually takes 1-2 minutes. Add almond extract (or Amaretto) to the egg-white mixture, whisking briefly.

🥚Combine the egg whites with the dry ingredients, using a spatula or your hands if needed, until a sticky dough forms.

🥄Roll the dough into balls, using a measuring spoon or small ice-cream scoop, and dip each cookie ball into powdered sugar before placing them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

🌙Gently flatten each cookie with your fingers or the back of a spoon. Or, you can shape them into half-moons, dip them in crushed almond slices, or leave them plain.

🧁Bake at 350F for approximately 20 minutes, or until the bottoms are lightly golden. After baking, allow the biscotti to cool and before storing them in a glass Tupperware.

Nonna’s Tip 👩‍🍳

Make sure to whisk the egg-whites until they form stiff peaks. Feel free to shape the cookies any shape you like.

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Italian Amaretti Cookies Variations and Substitutions

  • I wouldn’t substitute egg-whites in this recipe. However, you can add other ingredients in the dough like raisins, craisins, or anything festive.
  • I have not tried this recipe with any other flour, so you will have to experiment.
  • The almond on top of each cookie is more traditional, but optional. Feel free to shape them any way you like.

If you love this recipe, you have to try my other cookie recipes such as my easy Puff Pastry Nutella Twists.

Best Served With

  • Coffee or tea ☕
  • The Italian way which is with a shot of Vecchia 🥃 (Italian Brandy)
  • With a glass of milk 🥛

Common Questions

Can i use any other flour in this recipe?

Although I have not tried this recipe with any other flour, you can definitely experiment. Results and measurements will vary.

Can I leave out the eggs?

Unfortunately, you will need the eggs in this recipe. I do recommend looking for other egg-free cookie recipes online if you are egg-free.

Can I leave out the almond extract?

Yes but these are almond cookies. You can however substitute for pure vanilla extract but know that it won’t be that same authentic taste.

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4 Ingredient Amaretti cookies

These cookies boast a crunchy exterior and a soft, chewy inside, while being easy to make. They're both gluten-free and dairy-free, free from yolks, milk, butter, or traditional flour, making them a cleaner, more inclusive choice.
4.61 from 197 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 16 cookies
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 2.5 cups almond flour , (250 g) blanched
  • ½ cup granulated sugar , (100 g)
  • ½ cup egg-whites, (120 ml) I separated 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract , or vanilla if you don’t like it


  • Preheat the oven to 350F. In a bowl, mix the almond flour and sugar and set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg-whites until they are white and foamy for about 1-2 minutes.
  • Now add in the almond extract (or Amaretto) and whisk for a few seconds. Add the egg-white mixture into your dry ingredients. Incorporate with a spatula or switch to using your hands if you have a hard time.
  • If the dough sticks to your hands you can wet your hands a bit and roll.
  • Incorporate everything until you have a nice sticky dough. Once you have a sticky dough you can roll each cookie into balls — take a measuring spoon or small ice-cream scoop and scoop the dough into your hands and roll them.
  • Dip each cookie ball into powdered sugar and place them on your baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten each cookie gently with your fingers or the back of a spoon.
  • You can also roll them into a ball and then roll into a thick short rope and make a half-moon shape and then dip it crushed almond slices, and then add powdered sugar on top. You can also make half-moons and leave them plain as well.
  • Bake at 350F for 20 minutes or until light golden bottoms. Let them cool and place them in a glass Tupperware as they will be delicious even 2-3 days before Christmas. Enjoy and share with your loved ones!



Calories: 238kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 13mg, Potassium: 13mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 8g, Calcium: 78mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
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  1. These sound amazing and remind me of my Nonna’s. Can they be frozen? I want to make them ahead for Christmas Eve.

    1. You would add 1/4 cup at a time until it forms a tacky dough. You should be able to roll balls in your hands with it 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    These cookies are a crowd pleaser!! Simple to make and taste amazing! Definitely will be making these again. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Josie, thank you for the words and the nice review. Thank you for being here and always making the recipes

  3. 5 stars
    This might be the perfect cookie! Nice blend of flavors and not too sweet. Cookies are crisp on the outside yet chewy on the inside. A classic and easy and quick to make!

    1. Hi Shirly, you don’t need to blanch almonds, all you have to do is buy blanched almond flour (pale yellow) at costco

  4. 4 stars
    2.5 cups of flour is 312 g
    The recipe says 350 degrees for 20 mins. The bottom of my cookies burnt after 8 mins. Cooking time needs to be adjusted.

    1. Hi there, the baking time will depend on the oven. Mine took 20 minutes exactly. Also I weigh everything on a food scale so it also depends what measuring cups you are using. I will be remaking this recipe this week and will double check everything again

  5. 5 stars
    I always get asked for the recipe, every time I make them! The only person that doesn’t like when I make them is my husband, who can resist just about every other cookie for the sake of his waistline, but he cannot resist these!
    These are amazing, and so easy and quick to make. Definitely my go-to cookie.