Amaretto Cookies

amaretto cookies

These amaretto cookies are part of my amaretto recipes collection. We use amaretto a lot, and not just for Italian drinks. But in our dessert baking too.

This is one of those Italian cookie recipes has been around forever. I didn't invent it.

The only thing that makes this take a little longer is waiting for the dough to chill. (It's one of those rolled cookie recipes where you can choose the shape of your cookie.) So have a shot of amaretto while you are waiting.

If this wasn't the type of amaretto cookie recipe you were looking for - I have a couple other almond flavored cookies. They don't call for amaretto but they have that almond flavor. They are my almond butter cookies and my almond cookie recipe. And for my other Italian cookie recipes see the photo gallery below - if you click on the photo it will lead you to the recipe.

And check out the substitutions and ideas for this amaretto cookie recipe below. Happy baking. And thanks for stopping by!

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Amaretto Cookies

YIELD: Makes 3 dozen


* 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

* 1 cup sugar

* 1 egg

* 1 cup sweet butter, softened

* 1 tsp. baking powder

* 2 1/2 Tbsp. amaretto

* Colored sugars (optional)


* Combine all ingredients, except the colored sugar (it's an option).

* Beat at low speed, scraping side often, until well mixed.

* Cover and chill until dough is firm enough to roll out.

* Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out 1/2 of the dough on floured surface.

* Cut with cookie cutter (I used 1 inch).

* Sprinkle on sugar and bake 6 to , until edges are lightly browned.

* Cool and decorate.

What is amaretto?

It's an Italian liqueur that was only recently imported in the US (1960's). It's sweet and tastes like almonds.

Can I substitute the amaretto and just use almond flavoring?

Absolutely! BUT I've never done it. So I can't advise on exactly how much. So - you are the cook. You choose. :-)

Do I have to use a 1 inch cookie cutter?

Nope, use whatever you want. Just keep the dough thin enough if you choose a larger cookie cutter. You want to make sure it cooks evenly. Watch till golden, then take out of oven. The thing with rolled cookie recipes is you want all of your cookie sizes to be the same on one single cookie sheet. Don't mix and match size on the same sheet.

Can I add frosting on top?

Sure, it's your recipe. These are basic amaretto cookies with no frills. If you want frills - please add them. No reason you can't add to it.

Do I have to use butter?

Always and forever! Butter is a real dairy product. Shortening and margarine are scary chemicals. Please don't add toxic waste to these beautiful cookies.

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