Lemon Amaretti Cookies

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These Lemon Amaretti Cookies are soft, chewy and flavored with fresh lemon juice and zest. They’re easy to make and naturally gluten free!

Lemon Amaretti Cookies on a plate

These Lemon Amaretti Cookies are a refreshing citrus-flavored version of traditional amaretti cookies! They’re soft, chewy and flavored with fresh lemon juice and zest. Plus they’re naturally gluten free thanks to the almond flour!

Looking for more lemon recipes? Try my Lemon Thumbprint Cookies, Lemon Sweet Rolls or Small Batch Lemon Curd!

Ingredient Breakdown

Granulated sugar – provides texture and sweetness.

Lemon zest – adds extra lemon flavor by rubbing zest and sugar together until it looks like wet sand. This releases lemon oil from the zest.

Almond flour – provides structure and flavor.

Egg whites – whipped into a meringue to give cookies structure and texture.

Lemon juice – gives the cookies their lemon flavor. Always use fresh lemon juice!

Salt and almond extract – enhances flavor. Always use pure almond extract instead of imitation for best flavor.

Confectioners’ sugar – used for rolling the cookies in to give them a cracked surface.

Lemon Amaretti Cookie with a bite in it

How To Make Lemon Amaretti Cookies

1. In a medium bowl rub together granulated sugar and lemon zest until it looks like wet sand. Whisk in the almond flour. Set aside.

2. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites and salt on medium speed until they form medium peaks. Mix in the lemon juice and almond extract.

3. Gently fold the egg whites into the dry ingredients until well combined.

Amaretti Cookie dough

4. Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop dough into a bowl of confectioners’ sugar. Generously cover the cookie dough in sugar then place on a baking sheet. Flatten cookies slightly using the bottom of a glass.

5. Bake cookies at 325°F for 15-18 minutes then cool on the baking sheet. Store Lemon Amaretti Cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days at room temperature.

Lemon Amaretti Cookies on a baking sheet

Pro Tips For Lemon Amaretti Cookies

  • Weigh your ingredients using a kitchen scale! Measuring ingredients by volume is not accurate.
  • Bake one tray at a time on the middle oven rack. This ensures that there is even heat circulation.
  • Save your leftover egg yolks for another recipe!

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Lemon Amaretti Cookies

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Lemon Amaretti Cookies

These Lemon Amaretti Cookies are soft, chewy and flavored with fresh lemon juice and zest. They're easy to make and naturally gluten free!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 60kcal
Author Maria Azzarelli

Equipment

  • Stand mixer or hand mixer
  • Baking sheets
  • Cookie scoop (I use a 1 tablespoon scoop)

Ingredients

  • 200 g (1 cup) granulated sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 240 g (2 cups) almond flour
  • 2 egg whites (60g) (save the yolks for another recipe!)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 30 g (2 tbsp) lemon juice
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • confectioners' sugar for rolling

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • In a medium bowl rub together granulated sugar and lemon zest until it looks like wet sand. Whisk in the almond flour. Set aside.
  • Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites and salt on medium speed until they form medium peaks. Mix in the lemon juice and almond extract.
  • Gently fold the egg whites into the dry ingredients until well combined.
  • Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop dough into a bowl of confectioners' sugar. Generously cover the cookie dough in sugar then place on a baking sheet. Flatten cookies slightly using the bottom of a glass.
  • Bake cookies at 325°F for 15-18 minutes then cool on the baking sheet.

Notes

  • Weigh your ingredients using a kitchen scale! Measuring ingredients by volume is not accurate.
 
 
  • Store Lemon Amaretti Cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days at room temperature.
 
 
  • Nutrition: the provided nutritional information is an estimate per serving. Please read my Nutrition Disclaimer for more information.

Nutrition

Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 0.1IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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