Monday, December 22, 2014

Chocolate Amaretti Cookies

Chocolate Amaretti Cookies
Are you ready for one more Christmas cookie? Boy do I have a fabulous one to share! I’ve been baking Amaretti cookies every Christmas, for more years then I care to remember. We go way back, ever since a dear friend gave me her secret family recipe! I had been begging her for it, for years. They are probably my most requested cookie from family and friends. They are also one of my favorites! It might be the almond paste…I’m wild about anything with almond paste!  I adore the chewy texture!

These are just too good to pass up!
However, this year instead of my tried and true recipe, I made a phenomenal chocolate version of Amaretti! I found it on Food and Wine while searching the web. They sound great, don’t they? How could I not give them a try? We’re talking almond paste and chocolate! Two of my favorite things!
Double Chocolate actually! Not only does it call for cocoa powder, but chocolate chips as well!
I used dark chocolate chips and loved the rich deep chocolaty flavor. This cookie is straightforward to prepare. It mixes up quite easily in your food processor.  After one bite, you’ll be in heaven!

And from my kitchen to yours Merry Christmas, and best wishes for the Happiest of New Years!

How decadent can you get?
A wonderful gift idea. too!

Chocolate Amaretti Cookies
from Food and Wine


One 7-ounce package pure almond paste, broken up
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
3 large egg whites
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Pearl sugar or Italian pignoli, for decorating

Preheat the oven to 375° and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Arrange racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven.
In a food processor, combine the almond paste, sugar, cocoa powder and salt and process until the almond paste is very finely chopped. Add the egg whites and process until smooth. Add the chocolate chips and pulse just until incorporated.
Transfer the batter to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip. Pipe half of the batter 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets in slightly rounded teaspoons (about 1 inch in diameter). Alternatively, use a spoon to dollop the batter. Generously sprinkle the cookies with pearl sugar or pignoli.
Bake the cookies for 13 to 14 minutes, until risen and lightly cracked but still soft, shifting the pans from top to bottom and front to back halfway through. Slide the paper onto racks and let the cookies cool completely on the paper. Let the baking sheets cool completely, line with fresh parchment paper and repeat with the remaining batter. Invert the parchment onto a work surface and peel it off the cookies.  Store in air tight container. These can be frozen.


  1. Look delicious!!! Merry Christmas dear Kathy!!

  2. mmm..pine nuts!!! These amaretti cookies look very tempting!

  3. A whole tray of these wouldn't be enough to satisfy me, they look too delicious! :D

    Happy Holidays!
    Choc Chip Uru

  4. Yum, they sound delicious! Perfect for festive celebrations! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  5. They do, indeed, sound pretty wonderful! Merry Christmas, Kathy - I hope you, Bill, and your family have a happy, peaceful, and safe holiday. ~ David

  6. Love these cookies. Not hey look and sound delicious. Tomorrow I am off to the store for some almond paste. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas:)

  7. Okay, so I just put Almond Paste on my shopping list because I oh so want to bake up these cookies, yesterday!!! The secret recipe sounds intriguing Kathy but I'm going to have to go with what's in front of me and these are filled with healthy goodness (for my particular diet) and deliciousness. I feel like you've baked a gift for only me, lol...

    Thank you so much for sharing Kathy. Sending Magical Christmas Wishes to You and Yours this holiday season. "See" you next year!!! Louise

  8. Kathy, these cookies look devine! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  9. Oooh, almond paste and chocolate?? Delicious! I love the pine nuts for decoration, too.