Amaretti al Caffé-Espresso Flavored Amaretti

Traditionally, a crisp cookie flavored with almond paste or ground almonds, this softer version of amaretti is flavored with brewed espresso and has a hint of crunch from the addition of ground Italian-roast espresso beans. In Italian, amaretti means “little” and “bitter” macaroons. The bitter flavor of the ground espresso is fleeting, then the coffee essence comes through loud and clear. A definite treat for espresso aficionados! Amaretti al Caffé is perfect for mid-morning snack with cappuccino or espresso, or as served here with a small glass of coffee liqueur.

Amaretti Al Caffé

7 ounces almond paste (See Note)
1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon brewed espresso, cooled
1 tablespoon coarsely ground Italian-roast espresso beans
1 egg white

Butter or line a baking sheet with parchment.
Preheat oven to 300°F. In a food processor container with the steel blade attachment, place the almond paste and process until smooth, about 1-1/2 minutes. Add the brewed espresso, ground espresso beans and egg white. Blend until smooth. Spoon mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch tip. Pipe 1 1/2-inch mounds 1 1/2-inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until lightly browned on the edges. Cool on racks. Makes about 15 amaretti.

Note-If you have leftover almond paste which I did, you can place it in a plastic bag and keep at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

7 Comments

  1. Joshua
    August 29, 2010 / 9:49 am

    This looks very tasty and I love recipes with a short ingredient list – the proof that it was inspired Italian cooking; a few good ingredients assempled with love

  2. Sally
    August 30, 2010 / 8:06 pm

    Hi, what a beautiful blog you have! i made these amaretti biccies before, but I'd be ashamed to show you the blog post, yours look so pretty! Greetings from Ireland

  3. Angela
    August 31, 2010 / 12:20 am

    These look wonderful. How do you make the almond paste?

  4. Marlis
    August 31, 2010 / 2:44 am

    Wow! I will totally make this! Molto bene!

  5. Carolyn Jung
    August 31, 2010 / 8:22 pm

    I am soooo making this. I love any baked goods with almond paste. And espresso, too? Definitely seals the deal for me. 😉

  6. Lynnylu
    September 2, 2010 / 9:43 am

    Thanks, Joshua-I love simple, but quality food, too. Sally, I'm sure your amaretti are lovely and taste wonderful. Angela, you can buy almond paste in the can. Marlis-you'll love it.

  7. Stella
    September 2, 2010 / 2:58 pm

    Beautiful, Lynnylu! I've never had this before, but I want one…

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