Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Chocolate Chip Amaretti Biscuits

I learnt something this week. It's pretty simple but will be invaluable for you when you are trying to bake anything. In fact it's more like two things, maybe three;

Lesson 1: Don't let yourself get distracted by phone calls from friends or take a bath when you have cookies in the oven. It really isn't the best, stay focused!

Lesson 2: Use your common sense with recipes as not all of them are legit. The recipe I followed said to bake the biscuits for 15 minutes but after that time they were still completely uncooked. In the end I looked up other recipes and they said to bake the cookies for 40-45 minutes!

Lesson 3: Recipes always seem to take me longer than the recipe says it will. This is actually my problem because I like to do a million things at the same time. Focus!

Recipe for Chocolate Chip Amaretti Cookies
(makes lots, maybe 26)

  • 170g/6oz ground almonds
  • 170g/6oz caster sugar
    2 egg whites
    15ml/0.5 fl oz amaretto liquor
    Chocolate Chips (optional) enough for 1 per biscuit

  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3. Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
  2. In a large bowl beat the egg whites until firm peaks stage.
  3. Mix the sugar and the almonds gently into it using a metal spoon.
  4. Lastly add the amaretto liquor and fold in gently until you have a smooth paste.
  5. Make small balls using approximately half a teaspoon of the mixture. Place the balls approximately 2cm/¾in apart, as they will expand whilst cooking.
  6. Bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes or until the cookies have risen, are a deep golden color and have tiny cracks. Remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool. If you wish to add the chocolate chips do so when they are first out of the oven and the biscuits are still soft and warm. Place one chocolate chip in the centre of the biscuit. The chocolate will harden again as the biscuit cools.
  7. When cool gently peel cookies from parchment. If they stick to parchment, turn the paper over, take a damp paper towel and gently wipe the bottom of the parchment paper to loosen the cookie.
And there you have it, another quick and tasty recipe for desserts. This is actually a quick recipe, even I did it in a reasonable time, when I wasn't having a bath or talking on the phone :).

Let me know how you get on with the recipe.

Peace & Love
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