Italian almond cookies

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Pasticcini di mandorle
The almond cookies, a typical Sicilian specialty, are characterized by a crispy shell and a soft, moist core. Only five ingredients are needed to make them: Almonds or almond flour, sugar, egg whites, a little lemon zest and a few drops of almond flavoring. With this simple recipe, which has been handed down for generations, you can make deliciously fragrant almond cookies that are simply irresistible!
Ingredients list
Difficulty: easy
Cost: medium
Calories: 128kcal
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Difficulty: easy
Cost: medium
Calories: 128kcal
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
  • First preheat the static oven to 200°C/390°F. Put the almond flour and sugar in a large bowl and mix.
    150 g almond flour, 80 g sugar
  • Place the egg whites in another bowl and beat with a hand mixer until foamy. Drizzle the almond flavor into the beaten egg whites and stir in.
    2 egg white, 3 drops almond flavor
  • Now add the beaten egg whites and the lemon zest to the flour and fold in. Mix until a smooth and sticky dough is formed.
    ½ lemon peel
  • Now divide the dough into 10 pieces of equal size and have a baking tray lined with baking paper ready.
  • Now form each piece of dough into a ball and turn it in a bowl of sugar. Then place them on the baking paper with enough space between them and flatten them slightly. Carefully press a peeled almond into the center of each cookie.
    10 almonds
  • Now bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Make sure that the pastry remains slightly whitish.
  • Finally, remove and cool completely on a wire rack.
  • The delicious almond pastry from Sicily is now ready to enjoy.
    Buon appetito!
To make this recipe a success, it is essential to use high-quality almond flour. You can either buy this ready-made or simply make it yourself at home by finely grinding the peeled almonds. Traditionally, the cookies are decorated with just one almond in the middle. However, there are numerous variations in different shapes that are decorated with dried and candied fruit such as pine nuts, pistachios or candied cherries.
Calories: 128kcal (6%)Carbohydrates: 12g (4%)Protein: 4g (8%)Fat: 8g (12%)Saturated fatty acids: 1g (5%)Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 2gMonounsaturated fatty acids: 5gTrans fatty acids: 0.003g

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