Amaretti - Italian Macaron Cookies Recipe | The Good Hearted Woman

Amaretti {Italian Macaron Cookies}

Course Cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 dozen
Author Bethany S.


  • 10 ounces almond paste*
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large egg whites lightly beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon extra-strong bitter almond oil


  • Confectioners' sugar
  • Sliced almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 325° F. Line baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a stand mixer or food processor, blend the almond paste, sugar, and salt until crumbly.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until very frothy. (Don’t beat long enough to form peaks.)
  4. Gradually add almond extract, bitter almond oil, and beaten egg whites to the almond paste mixture.
  5. Using a small scoop, form cookies and place on prepared baking sheet.
  6. Sprinkle cookies lightly with confectioners' sugar and sliced almonds.
  7. Using three fingers, press indentations into the center of each cookie. (This keeps them from puffing up too much during baking.)
  8. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until the very edges are just turning golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool.