Amaretti Cookies, Naturally Gluten-Free

One day my dad sent me a link to a recipe for an Amaretti Cookie from AARP.  Is this a hint dad? He never does this, so the next day I made them. I was intrigued by a few things about this recipe.  First, they looked so easy because 4 ingredients are at the base of this recipe.  Secondly, there was no flour in the recipe.  You take almonds and grind them in a food processor.  Thirdly, I thought I could substitute a few ingredients to make it even healthier. So even though I only planned on sharing one new recipe this month, I was so pleased with this recipe that I was inspired to share this right away!

4 Ingredient Amaretti Cookies

So to healthify the recipe, I just took out the refined sugar and replaced it with coconut sugar. Also for those who can’t have eggs or are vegan, I made them with my chia seed egg replacer.

Amaretti Cookies, G-F, Egg-Fr, D-F, V

When I first made the Amaretti Cookies I thought there was no way there would be enough moisture to bind the cookies together only using two “eggs”, but I proceeded anyway.  I was pleasantly surprised to see the cookies come together and so quickly.

Amaretti Cookies, G-F, Egg-Fr, D-F, V

These Amaretti Cookies make a nice little festive treat. To make this cookie more festive you can roll the whole cookie in powdered sugar before baking. I grind my organic evaporated cane juice (it’s similar to granulated sugar) in my Vitamix to make powdered sugar so I actually don’t buy powdered sugar anymore.  And to reduce the sugar amount in the cookies I actually only roll the top of the cookie in the sugar so the cookie still looks festive without being drenched in sugar.

4 Ingredient Amaretti Cookies, GF, DF, Egg-Fr, V

Amaretti Cookies, Naturally Gluten-Free

Ingredients

  • 3 cups almonds + whole almonds to top the cookies
  • 1 cup coconut palm sugar or other granulated sugar of choice (I used 3/4 cup coconut sugar)
  • 2 egg replacers or 2 eggs (1 egg replacer=1 T chia or flax seed with 3 T water)
  • 1 t almond extract
  • optional, 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. If using an egg replacement, mix 6 T of water with 2 T chia or flax seed and let sit to gel your 2 "eggs".
  3. Grind 3 cups of almonds in a food processor until it is finely ground. Don't let it process too long or you'll be on your way to making almond butter.
  4. Combine "eggs", sugar, and almond extract.
  5. Add processed almonds to wet mixture until thoroughly combined.
  6. Roll into 3/4 inch balls using your fingers and a teaspoon.
  7. Optional, roll balls in powdered sugar.
  8. Place cookie balls on greased cookie sheet.
  9. Press one whole almond into each cookie.
  10. Bake for 10-14 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
  11. Cook, store in a cool airtight container, share and enjoy!
http://practical-stewardship.com/2013/12/13/amaretti-cookies-naturally-gluten-free/

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Comments

  1. Kristen says

    These look good! I’ve recently made some dietary changes and am looking for cookie recipes, so I was happy to find this. I have a question: I don’t have 3 cups of almonds, but I do have a new bag of almond flour- how much “flour” did your almonds come out to?

    • says

      HI Kristen, I actually don’t know how much the almonds came out to. I did find this on the Internet on almond conversion. I hope that helps.

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