If you’re thinking about giving a handmade gift this Christmas, this would make a great present. And if you’re not thinking about that, you should make them anyway! 🙂 Almond is one of my favourite flavours, so I doubt that these biscuits will last long. I followed the instructions below for my first batch which looked ‘rustic’, as I used a teaspoon to place the mixture onto the tray. For the second batch I rolled the mixture into small balls and they look a bit more like Gino D’Acampo’s – haha! This was messy and I could only manage 3 before having to wash my hands again, but it’s worth it if you want them to look more even.
340g/12oz ground almonds
340g/12oz caster sugar
4 eggs, whites only
30ml/1fl oz amaretto liquor
butter, for greasing
1. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3.
2. In a large bowl beat the egg whites until firm, and then mix the sugar and the almonds gently into it. Add the amaretto liquor and fold in gently until you have a smooth paste.
3. Place some baking parchment on a baking sheet lightly brushed with butter. Using a teaspoon place small heaps of the mixture approximately 2cm/¾in apart. as they will expand whilst cooking.
4. Bake in the oven for approximately 15 minutes until golden brown. Enjoy!
This is the difference between my batches…they look different but they all taste good! 🙂
If you like these then you might also like these Pastelitos de Boda that I made as gifts last Christmas!