Simple, elegant, nutty and chewy almond cookies. Pasticcini alle Mandorle go great with coffee, tea or an afternoon snack to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Here is one of my favorite pasticcini (fine Italian small pastries). These almond cookies, Pasticcini alle Mandorle, are a classic that you find in most pasticcerie in Italy. Usually decorated with a whole almond, like I did, or a candied cherry. Either way, deliciously sweet!
These cookies are very easy to make and, I have to say, extremely easy to eat! Intensely nutty, perfectly chewy on the inside, slightly crisp on the outside. Try them and they may become your favorite pasticcini too!
Almond Cookies - Pasticcini alle MandorleManuela Mazzocco
- 3 cups 300 gr of almond meal/flour
- 1.5 cups 270 gr of sugar
- 1/4 of a teaspoon of almond extract
- 4 egg whites
- about 30 whole almonds to decorate
- In a large bowl, mix the sugar with the almond flour.
- Mixing with a spoon, add the almond extract and the egg whites, one at the time.
- Place the mixture into a piping bag and make round shapes on a silicone mat if you have it, or parchment paper over a baking sheet. Place one almond in the center of each cookie.
- Let the cookies sit for about 3 hours, or more (up to 12) outside the refrigerator. I placed mine into the turned-off oven.
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). If you placed the cookies in the oven to rest, like I did, take them out of the oven before preheating it! When the oven is nice and hot, bake the cookies for about 7-8 minutes. Check to make sure they don't burn.
- Let them cool off ... and enjoy!
Born and raised in Venice, Italy, Manuela now lives with her husband and two children in Los Angeles, California. In her blog, Cooking with Manuela, she strives to share her passion for Italian food. As a mom of two young boys, most of her dinner preparations are done while checking homework, quizzing for science tests, and looking for Lego pieces. Her step-by-step recipes help readers create delicious food while on a busy schedule. There is nothing as special as ending your day with your family or friends sharing a good conversation and a tasty homemade meal.