Italian Almond Macaroons

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by Megan on December 2, 2010

I have a thing for coconut macaroon cookies.

I also have a thing for that finicky French cookie,  the macaron.

Go figure!

So when I came across this recipe for Italian Almond Macaroons, I was intrigued.

Almond Macaroon Cookie Recipe

The use of egg whites reminded me of it’s cousin cookie, the coconut macaroon, yet
this cookie was made with almond meal, like that of the French Macaron.

A new cookie recipe I had to try!

Christmas cookie recipe

Pure almond bliss!

Almond Macaroon Cookie Recipe

It’s got a nice crunch to the bite, giving way to a chewy center.

The almond meal gives it a great texture and it would be most excellent to serve with a nice steaming cup of Italian Roast Coffee or a spot of tea!

But we had them with hot cocoa.

Almond Macaroon recipe

Its an elegant little cookie perfect for The Twelve Weeks of Christmas Cookies!


Italian Almond Macaroons

found in Raley’s Extra Magazine

3 egg whites
1 (16 oz) package Almond meal
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons almond extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sliced almonds
Powdered sugar (optional)

Beat egg whites till foamy in a large bowl. Add almond extract and salt. Stir in sugar and almond meal. Cover refrigerated least two hours to chill.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Press almonds with your fingers to break into smaller pieces. Shape dough into 1 1/2 inch crescent shapes and roll in almonds. Place on baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes for softer macaroons and 30 minutes for firmer macaroons. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.

makes about 30 cookies

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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Pattyann December 2, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Oh, these look so good. I love macaroons, I think these would be pretty amazing.

2 kschellhous December 3, 2010 at 12:24 am

HI Megan,
I made these the other night for my cookie exchange this weekend. The boys ate of all the extras! The cookies flattened more than I wanted then to and I did use the special almond blend they said to use. But they still tasted great!

3 Lisa December 3, 2010 at 1:42 am

These sound really good. I’m not too big of a fan of the coconut version of a macaroon, but an almond version sounds like something I’d enjoy much better.

4 Dinetonite December 3, 2010 at 4:37 am

hmm, these looking good. I wanna try this

5 Jacqueline December 3, 2010 at 5:15 am

I love anything with almond in it. I haven’t ever made anything like this, but
they are so beautiful and would show off on a cookie plate so well. Yum.

6 Tracy December 3, 2010 at 7:35 am

They look delicious!

7 Krystle Thorn December 3, 2010 at 7:47 am

These cookies look delicious! I love French Macaroons but these are so pretty!

8 Sue December 3, 2010 at 10:06 am

I’m sure I would love these! I love almond(and made an almond cookie this week too)! They look so pretty too!

9 Blond Duck December 3, 2010 at 1:01 pm

They sound great!

10 Katrina December 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Yum! I’m sure I would love these, too. They look great.

11 Joni December 3, 2010 at 2:09 pm

These are really pretty — I love almond meal in anything — it just ramps up the flavor of cookies. Joni

12 teresa December 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm

they’re so cute! and look just delicious!

13 Kerstin December 3, 2010 at 8:52 pm

These are so festive! I’m a huge almond fan and know I would just love these.

14 Lisa December 3, 2010 at 11:41 pm

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15 Crustabakes December 4, 2010 at 6:18 am

Macarons, macaroons, no one really cares of the name when the cookies look this good! i love almond meal in cookies too!

16 Amanda December 4, 2010 at 7:27 am

These sound divine, I love almond with a passion! :)

17 Lora @cakeduchess December 4, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I also love coconut macaroons! Your Italian Almond Macaroons look amazing!

18 Barbara Bakes December 5, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Love the crescent shape. Sounds like a perfect Christmas cookie.

19 Lee Ann December 6, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I love almonds! Going to try these…thanks for sharing!

20 5 Star Foodie December 6, 2010 at 6:59 pm

A perfect treats featuring delicious almond flavors! Very yummy!

21 Krista December 6, 2010 at 7:58 pm

What? No coconut? No problem. Love the almond in here. They look wonderful!

22 Nutmeg Nanny December 7, 2010 at 7:17 am

These look great! I love coconut!

23 Elle December 7, 2010 at 8:37 am

A must try–such a light, pretty cookie!

24 RJ Flamingo December 7, 2010 at 11:29 am

Bet you could dip one end in chocolate, too… ;-) I made these (or something like them) years ago, and they’re wonderful! Thank you for reminding me – they’ll be perfect on the Post Office’s cookie platter this year!

25 SMITH BITES December 8, 2010 at 6:26 am

huge fan of coconut macarOOns! and think the others are quite pretty and have such admiration for those of you who attempt making them! this looks like a terrific compromise!

26 kat December 9, 2010 at 6:46 am

I want one with my coffee this morning!

27 Madeline Petty December 23, 2010 at 12:57 pm

A perfect treats featuring delicious almond flavors! Very yummy!

28 Celeste Gonzalez December 29, 2010 at 1:54 am

These look great! I love coconut!

29 Linda March 19, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I made these at Christmas and I loved them fresh out of the oven (cooled just a bit). My daughter loved them for a week afterward! One thing, though, when I make them again in a couple of weeks, I will bake them for the 20 minutes rather than the 30 minutes. I prefer a softer cookie and absolutely love ANYTHING with ALMOND!!

30 claudia lamascolo September 7, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Salivating just thinking of these I love almond anything!

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