Monday, June 23, 2014

Amaretti Sugar Cookies

This cookie is simply magical.  It is a few bites of divine flavor and texture.  I get in the mood to make cookies fairly often.  I have to admit that it is primarily to eat the cookie dough, although I enjoy the finished product.  I will typically make a double batch, so I certainly make enough in between my nibbling on the dough.

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Lunardi’s is a supermarket gem in the Bay Area and its roots are straight from Lucca, Italy.  They have great service, quality and hand selected products.  One of my favorite things to pick up there is the mini amaretti cookies.  They are crunchy, full of that wonderful almond flavor and easy to eat since they are about one inch in diameter.  They were also the inspiration for these cookies.  The addition just added that extra something and was a cookie marriage made in heaven.

I use a small ice cream scooper to get those perfect round cookies.  In addition, it makes the entire process so simple.  I highly encourage you to invest in one, if you don’t already own one.  You can also use this dough and add other things to it, such as caramel corn, crunchy cereal or chocolate chips.  Super versatile and quite tasty. 

Amaretti Sugar Cookies

Makes 3 dozen Cookies

½ C. Shortening, butter flavored
1 C. Sugar
1 Egg
1 T. Vanilla
½ t. Salt
½ t. Baking Soda
1 ¼ C. Flour
1 ½  C. Amaretti Cookies, slightly crushed

Using a stand mixer, cream together the shortening, sugar and salt. Add the egg and whip quickly. Then add the vanilla and baking soda until incorporated. Slowly add the flour until well mixed. Remove the mixing bowl and gently mix in the amaretti cookies with a spoon being careful to over mix. Stir until all amaretti cookies are covered.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Using a cookie or ice cream scoop, make one inch balls and be careful to leave plenty of room between, since they will spread. Cook for 9 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for one minute, and then remove with a spatula onto a wire rack to cool


  1. Ah! I love these cookies within a cookie! What a brilliant idea, Lisa! I hope you are well, my friend, I think of you often :-)

  2. I can tell from the gorgeous photos that I'd fall in love with these cookies (the texture alone...!). Brill!!

  3. These look amazing Lisa. What a fun combination you've got in here. They look so crisp and crunchy!

  4. These cookies look delightful, just what my Monday evening needs!

  5. Looks so beautiful and perfect.. thanks for sharing!!

  6. DIVINE! Nutty, delicious, sweet and they look perfectly chewy yet crispy. My grandmother would love these

  7. Lisa! I love amaretti and your twist on the classic looks awesome! I think these would be dangerous to have around;)

  8. Delightful cookies!! Love amaretti's used in a unique way :)

  9. These cookies look delicious! Is there a reason for using butter flavoured shortening rather than real butter?

    1. The shortening gives it a soft texture. Feel free to use butter if you like - certainly would work great!


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