Chewy Amaretti Cookies – Gluten Free

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With Christmas rapidly approaching, these Chewy Amaretti Cookies may be ideal for inclusion in your baking plans!

If you have never tried Amaretti you are in for a real treat. Amaretti are a light and crunchy Italian almond biscuit from the Lombardy region. There are many different recipes and each region of Italy has its own version. Basically, there are two main kinds; there are soft ones and crispy ones. All variations are undeniably delicious and I have a number of them in my cookie repertoire. Amaretti are a traditional and important part of Italian festivities, being served to guests at weddings, engagement parties, birthday celebrations and other special occasions. No matter when you choose to eat them, they’re a delightful treat. Their sweetness makes them a perfect partner to a cup of tea or a strong Italian espresso.

This recipe is naturally gluten-free as it does not include any flour whatsoever.

The main ingredient is almond meal (also known as almond flour). Almond meal adds moistness to baked goods and gives the cookies their distinct fragrance and flavour. I use a commercially prepared almond meal and recommend that you do too. Although you certainly can grind up whole blanched almonds yourself, it can get a little tricky. You will need to take great care as the mixture will quickly become greasy. Turn your back for a moment and you may end up with nut butter.

Much like their French cousin, the macaron, these Amaretti cookies have a light crispiness on the outside and soft chewy centres that are as light as air.

Beaten egg whites add structure to these flourless cookies. They are a fantastic way to use up any leftover egg whites that you may have. If you are making a recipe that requires just the egg yolks, don’t ever throw the whites away. I freeze the egg whites, clearly labelled, in batches of 2 and 3 in well-sealed plastic containers. There are so many ways in which to use them.

There are just six ingredients in these very easily made Chewy Amaretti Cookies. You just place all the ingredients into one bowl, mix well, pipe onto a baking tray and bake for about 12 minutes. The Amaretti Cookies retain a little chewiness in the middle, their outsides crisp and crunchy. I prefer a chewy centre, but if you like Amaretti to be more crispy just bake them a few minutes longer.

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These lovely cookies would make beautiful Christmas gifts, packaged in an attractive jar or cellophane bag and tied with a pretty ribbon. Your homemade Amaretti will taste so much better than any store-bought variety, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you made them yourself.

I do hope that you will try them. Please let me know in the comments below if you do.


Xx Alex

I have adapted this recipe from the Australian Women’s Weekly Italian Cookbook.

5 from 44 votes

Chewy Amaretti Cookies – Gluten Free

You really must try these delicious, gluten-free Chewy Amaretti Cookies. They’re quickly and easily made and are absolutely delicious, with versatile, delicately flavoured almond, the star of the show.

Course Nibbles, Sweet
Cuisine Italian
Keyword amaretti, chewy amaretti, christmas, cookies, delicious, easy, gluten free, simple
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 38 Cookies
Calories 43 kcal
Author Alexandra


  • 1 cup almond meal * 120 g
  • 1 cup caster sugar 220 g superfine
  • 2 egg whites from large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/4 tsp almond essence *
  • 38 g blanched almonds *


  1. Preheat your oven to 180 Degrees C (350 F)

  2. Place blanched almonds on a baking tray, bake for approximately 6 minutes, turning them occasionally, until they are a light golden shade.*

    Remove from the oven and leave them to cool while you prepare the cookies.

  3. Prepare two baking trays by lining them with non-stick baking paper.

  4. Add almond meal, sugar, egg whites and essences to a bowl.

    Using a stand mixer, or hand-held electric beaters, mix the ingredients together for about 2 minutes to ensure they are well blended.

    Stand the mixture for 5 minutes.

  5. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a 1/2’”/1.25 cm plain nozzle.

    It is easier to fill the bag if you stand it in a coffee mug, or something similar, to provide some support.

    Firmly twist the top of the bag to keep the mixture in place.

  6. Hold the piping bag at a 90o angle, that is, hold it straight down and slightly above the baking paper. Apply gentle pressure until your mixture reaches the desired diameter. Release the pressure and then quickly sweep the tip sideways. The mixture should spread evenly.

    Leaving a gap of 2 ½ cm/1” continue to pipe the cookies.

    You will be left with a small peak in the middle of each cookie.

  7. Dip a fingertip in a small dish of water and gently flatten the peaks.

    Add a blanched almond to the centre of each cookie.

  8. Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

    Remove from the oven and leave on the tray to cool.

  9. Using a spatula, carefully transfer the cookies to wire racks.

    Store the cookies in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

*Almond meal is also known as almond flour.

*Use ½ teaspoon of almond essence if you like a more pronounced almond flavour.

*The almonds I used each weighed approximately 1gm.

*Do not allow the almonds to colour too much; they will colour a little more during baking.

*Practice makes perfect so don’t expect to be spot-on the first time you pipe these cookies. . Give yourself time to practice and remember that a misshapen cookie tastes just as good as a perfectly round one. I frequently find it takes a while to “get my hand in”. When making this batch the first two were not good so I scraped the mixture up and put it back in the bowl.

*Using a piping bag with a nozzle ensures you get nice even circles.

*You may prefer to roll the mixture into balls using your hands and then flatten – I haven’t done it this way, the mixture is very sticky, for me the piping bag is the best option.

Nutrition Facts
Chewy Amaretti Cookies – Gluten Free
Amount Per Serving
Calories 43 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 9mg0%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Chewy Amaretti Cookies – Gluten Free
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236 Comments on “Chewy Amaretti Cookies – Gluten Free”

  1. These look so good! I have a friend in high school whose mother made Amaretti around Christmas. I’m Jewish, so I had never had them before and I always loved eating them!

    Thanks for sharing! x


  2. These look really tasty, but they would kill me with one bite…. I am allergic to every kind of nut and seed imaginable; including almonds. The funny part about it is nuts used to be my go-to snack! My doctor says that I overdosed my body and that’s why it is rejecting them! ? Thanks for sharing.

  3. 5 stars
    Those look delicious. I love the flavor of almonds in almost anything. It’s a huge bonus that they aren’t too labor intensive, either.

  4. What an awesome recipe! I and a group of ladies are baking cookies and only one other person is baking gluten-free ones. Excited to utilize this recipe. Any ideas for Christmas cookies? 🙂

  5. So sweet and simple…and I’m digging that they’re gluten free cookies. I’ve been trying to move away from so much gluten for the kids. thanks for sharing

  6. Thank you so much for this recipe! I love that it’s cookie baking season! I am saving this for later.

    Josephine | Better as Us

  7. Perfect to serve for thanksgiving for my gluten free (and not) guests! I like having cookies and bites for dessert and these look really good! Thank you

  8. These look so yummy! I have never had Amaretti cookies, but I do love almonds so I will have to try these.

  9. 5 stars
    These look and sound so good as you describe the outer crisp but the chewy inside!! I also like almond flavor so I believe I eould enjoy these. Is the sugar a fine granulated or powder? Not familiar with the caster name in the type it is?

  10. OMG I saw the cookies pic in the starting part of this post and, I started to salivate. Gee looks so delicious. yummy.

  11. Sometimes I have to be grateful that I’m an awful baker or I’d be eating cookies all day! These look so yummy!

  12. 5 stars
    Nutrition facts and all? On a gluten free recipe?! You’re a freaking god sent! Can’t wait to try!

  13. 5 stars
    Oh! Cookie dreams come true! I love these — my uncle used to make them, so I’m so happy to have your recipe! Delicious!

  14. 5 stars
    Honestly, I don’t have talent in baking but because of your post, I was able to learn to bake by trying your recipe. And this one is another delicious recipe for me to imitate.

  15. 5 stars
    I haven’t tried and Amaretti because I haven’t heard of it in the first place. Lol. It’s not really familiar here in the Philippines but gosh, anything with almonds, I’m in! This recipe is already bookmarked for future reference!

  16. I love almond flavored anything, and this being gluten free is just an added bonus. I would love to try this out, they look great.

  17. 5 stars
    I have sweet tooth and love cookies, love how this are gluten free and great for afternoon snacks when I take a break for tea break. I usually like to munch on something at around 3 plus in the afternoon. This italian cookies looks great.

  18. I’m drooling all over my keyboard now thinking of these. I’m always looking for new, fun holiday cookies and these look perfect for this year! Plus, I love trying new Italian treats!

  19. Wow, I love this cookie recipe it is so delicious and look so easy to prepare. I will def try to make this for the whole family.

  20. 5 stars
    Your cookies look lovely. I love making amaretto cookies for Christmas…such a wonderful recipe!

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  22. My most favourite flavour in the world is Amaretti! Is it very wrong to want to dunk these in my coffee? Beautiful looking cookies.

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  24. 5 stars
    Omg that sounds so yummy, I want to try, especially you said the texture is almost as similar as macarons, airy!!! i can imagine the crunch and taste already.

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  26. 5 stars
    I’m a real sweet tooth and I love all kinds of cookies with no exception! These ones look really tasty and easy to prepare … my friends will love them, as they’re gluten free! 🙂

  27. 5 stars
    I always but amaretti when I visit Italy, they are so good! I never thought of trying to make them at home though. These are my favorite ones, chewy in the middle and lightly crispy on the outside.

    1. When I eat amaretti I close my eyes and dream of Italy. They transport me back. I do hope you try them Joanna, they are very easy to make. 🙂

  28. Yum! That sounds and looks delicious. And relatively easy to make….Might have to make this soon!

  29. 5 stars
    Always loving some cookie crunching at breakfast and I would love some Amaretti cookies too. They are easy to make from your recipe.

  30. 5 stars
    I’m so excited to try amaretti cookies out. My side of the family is Italian and no one seems to know any traditional recipes. I’m going to give my mother a batch for mother’s day. They look delicious!

  31. 5 stars
    I love this gluten free amaretti cookies, I have recipe similar to to it with almond meal and egg whites. I am going to give your version a try.

  32. 5 stars
    These cookies looks so delicious I would to try these at home. Thanks for sharing the recipe here.

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  34. Yum yum! I love amaretti, but I’ve never had the soft kind before, just the crispy kind. I’ll have to give your recipe a try!

  35. I remember my mum making these, I can particularly taste them already!

    Thank you for another easy to follow recipe, I’ve pinned to refer back to x

  36. 5 stars
    I love Amaretti cookies but I have not tried making them myself. I look for them every time I travel to Italy. I want to try making these at home!

  37. I have never tried ameretti cookies but so curious to taste them. With your instructions for preparations I am sure can have delicious cookies now.

  38. These are my favorite cookies. I haven’t prepared it by myself yet though. I only eat. I will prepare it this month 😀

  39. These look so amazing – and I didn’t realize they were that easy to make. As a kid in Germany I used to always order the Amaretto ice cream cup at the Italian cafe just so I would get the amaretti cookie. You couldn’t buy them anywhere back then. Now I can make them! Thank you.

  40. I love everything with almond flour! And, ironically enough, I bought these cookies yesterday at World Market. Now I just must cook them using your recipe 🙂

  41. 5 stars
    New cookies recipe and I would love to try this for my kids afternoon snacks and I am sure my kids will love it.

  42. These sound and look so delicious. I’m gluten-free and always looking for new recipes so I’m gonna give these a try thank you for sharing the recipe.

  43. Wow, they look delicious and seems easy to make. I never tried this but I can’t wait to make them, so excited. Thanks

  44. 5 stars
    It looks so chewy, I bet kids would really love this kind of cookies.. ? Thanks for sharing the recipe..

  45. They look delicious and they always been some of my favorite cookies. I will definitely try to make your recipe.

  46. 5 stars
    I absolutely love almonds and these cookies look delightful. I also like how they are naturally gluten free by using almond meal. I’d love one right now with a cup of coffee.

  47. Oh my! This looks good. I have been craving for some cookies and this is just perfect since I grew tired of the usual chocolate chip.

    Thank you for sharing the recipe. Will try this on Sunday.

  48. 5 stars
    This looks so delicious.. ? I really love almond cookies paired with cold milk drinks, I think this would be really great, I’m gonna try this one, thanks for sharing the recipe.. ?

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